Celebrate #Stonewall @ OASIS

OASIS: FREE SPEECH ZONE CELEBRATING STONEWALL

On traditional Pride weekend, we are creating an Oasis: “a place to meet, a place of peace, safety, inclusion, creativity, love, and acceptance in the midst of trouble and difficulty”.

Date:   Sunday, June 27, 2010
Locations:   Outside   Inside
Cawthra Square Park   The 519 Church St. Community Centre, Auditorium, 2nd Floor

Times:   12 noon to 5 pm (outside) 2:30 pm to 5 pm (inside)

Donations Buckets will be available! Pay Pal donation option available soon.

30 years ago, Toronto Pride started as the “Gay Days picnic”.  Oasis will commemorate the 30th anniversary by inviting LGBTQ communities to connect and co-create a free expression zone in Cawthra Square Park. It is organized the Pride Coalition for Free Speech, a coalition of queer Torontonians that supports diversity of political opinion in Toronto’s Pride.  Amid the current “split in our community”, Oasis is an opportunity to bring the community together.

Highlights (so far):
Banner project – “The Personal & the Political” where individuals can add their own important
milestones (personal, political or both) onto a timeline of the last 30 years.
• Open park setting for picnics and small gatherings of friends
Small-scale performances; Busking Zones
Discussion forums about Pride, Stonewall, international human rights and other Pride-related topics
Work tables inside The 519 to make signs for Pride parade participation
Button-making. Make buttons to express yourself during the coming week’s activities.
Children’s Water park; Dog park
Bring food, blankets, guitar, tambourine, or your voice to share.  This is a quickly evolving event; we invite the community to share your ideas and thoughts.

Donations, Muscle & Creativity Welcome!

Sponsored by the Pride Coalition for Free Speech: http://tiny.cc/yb045
For more information please join our Facebook event page: http://tiny.cc/8gaac

1
The Stonewall riots mixed Pride and politics – when marginalized gays and lesbians, trans, queers of colour and marginalized youth
took to the streets of New York City to demand justice because they had had enough, inspiring a global movement.
2
Pride normally takes place on the last Sunday of June. The shift in dates is at the request of the City of Toronto and the G20 summit.

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~ by Thom on June 23, 2010.

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