Safety kits distributed ahead of Pride parade in case attendees face confrontations with anti-LGBTQ protesters

In anticipation of possible confrontations with anti-LGBTQ protesters at this weekend’s Pride parade, The 519 has prepared and is giving out “mobilization kits” to members of the public.

Each kit contains information about how to report a confrontation, a banner with messages of love, noisemakers and chants to respond with, as well as a branded bandana to help identify oneself.

In Toronto’s Gay Village earlier this month police arrested and charged pastor David Lynn with causing disturbance. Lynn, 39, had stormed the streets preaching pro-Christian messages in which he told passersby through a megaphone he was coming out as a Christian. Police said his actions attracted a “large hostile crowd.”