After months of planning, the Pride Community Advisory Panel
is holding its first consultation session Dec 2 at the 519 Church Street
Community Centre at 7pm.
It is the first of five public consultations throughout this
month. The first three will focus on general issues and concerns about Pride, then there will be one consultation specifically for the trans community and another geared to the
Each two-hour panel session will likely be very structured.
Panel chair Rev Brent Hawkes from the Metropolitan Community Church previously
told Xtra that the panel will summarize the issues before everyone breaks up
into smaller groups for facilitated discussions that will be recorded by
The discussion questions will ask the community, “What does
Pride mean to you? What would you like to see Pride become?” The sessions will also touch on controversial issues like the corporatization of Pride.
Along with the planned consultation sessions, the panel has
also released its survey questions on its website.
The panel’s goal is to finish all the consultations in
December. The committee will then draft a report documenting the process and produce recommendations
for Pride Toronto (PT) by late January.
PT is not legally bound to implement any of the
recommendations made by the panel.
Once the report and recommendations are completed, the panel
says it will host a public meeting to explain everything to the community.
No one from the Pride Community Advisory Panel was available