Statement on Planned September 28 Rally

There is a group of homophobic and transphobic self-proclaimed "Christians" organizing a march and rally on September 28. They have published their intentions to march on Church Street from The Esplanade to Davenport Road, right through The Village. More recently, anti-Islamic organizations have found common cause with this group and plan to join them in their march.

For the past three weeks, I have been working with the Toronto Police Service, the City's Community Crisis Response, Transportation Services, The 519 and other community partners including our progressive faith leaders. We're all diligently monitoring the situation and working proactively to avert confrontation and violence.

The Village is - as it always has been, and will continue to be - a safe and inclusive community space for all. We welcome all who come and visit with love in their hearts. Hate is never welcomed in The Village or anywhere else in Toronto.

We are organizing to protect our community and will stand unified against all forms of bigotry, including homophobia and transphobia. Our resistance will be collaborative, creative and peaceful. Please stay tuned for more details.

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