British Columbia pride parade canceled after threats

By |2018-01-16T12:01:16-05:00December 4th, 2008|News|

by Rex Wockner

A gay pride parade planned for Nov. 15 in Abbotsford, British Columbia, was canceled after threats it would be attacked, the Vancouver Sun reported Nov. 23.
The parade, organized by high school students using Facebook, was scheduled for the same day as the 300-city protests against California’s Proposition 8, the ballot measure that re-banned same-sex marriage in the state.
The march was called off after a rival Facebook group formed with more than 300 members quoting the Bible, condemning homosexuality and proposing a straight-pride march.
Gay organizers say they also received threats that their march would be “egged.”
Following the kerfuffle, the University of the Fraser Valley Pride Network stepped forward and is helping the high school students organize a Dec. 6 “social justice rally” at Abbotsford Community Services, the Sun said.
Abbotsford, population 129,000, is located 46 miles (74 km) southeast of Vancouver on the border with Washington state.

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