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Toronto posters promoting gender diversity defaced

NEWS STAFF | posted Tuesday, Jul 25th, 2017

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A poster that promotes gender diversity was taped over in Etobicoke. CityNews viewer Barry Auguste sent in this photo on July 24, 2017.

The posters, created by the City of Toronto and the Black Coalition of AIDS Prevention (Black CAP) under an initiative called Toronto For All, went up during Pride. The campaign focuses on trans youth of colour, who are seen smiling under a slogan: The phrase “My gender lives here” is displayed above their heads, and ends with “not here” written close to their hips.

Examples of the original poster can be seen below, or click here to view them.

Someone in the Martin Grove Road and John Garland Boulevard area has taken exception to that slogan and has taped two pieces of 8 1/2 x 11 paper over the poster. The notes, seen on Monday morning, say in part that people are either born men or women, and encourage those who are confused to pray to God.

The vandalized image can be seen below:

It’s not a crime, Const. Jessie Jheeta told CityNews. The typed notes, he said, just expressed someone’s view.

He said it was the first time they had heard of the posters being defaced, and hadn’t found any others in the area.

More to come

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