The group known as Black Lives Matter Toronto felt the need to make their voices heard during the annual Pride Parade on Sunday.
They interrupted the march for about 30 minutes bringing it to halt a short time after a moment of silence was held for the victims of the Orlando massacre at a gay nightclub last month.
According to Pride executive director Mathieu Chantelois, he had agreed to sign a document in order for the group to leave and let the parade continue.
Black Lives Matter was given the status of Honoured Group, but they didn’t give Pride Toronto an advanced notice of their plan to interrupt the event.
Alexandra Williams, who is the co-founder of the group, says they held the sit-in due to the fact that they wanted to hold Pride Toronto accountable for what she describes as “anti-blackness.”
Black Lives Matter released a list full of demands stating that Pride Toronto did not make proper representation of black transgender women and indigenous people.