First-annual Foreskin Pride March planned in Vancouver

WithPride Week under way, a Vancouver group opposed to male circumcision is planning to raise awareness about the issue of surgically modifying children's genitals.

The first-annual Foreskin Pride March takes place this weekend with related activities at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Sunset Beach, and elsewhere in the city.

Organized by the Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project, the events include protests, educational demonstrations, and participation in the Vancouver Pride Parade.

Glen Callender, founder of the Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project, said progress is being made on the issue of child circumcision.

“Circumcision rates in Canada have dropped considerably,” he told the Straight by phone. “This is because, increasingly, Canadian parents know that circumcision of healthy babies is unnecessary, it’s harmful, and it’s unethical.”

Callender said girls are protected from unwanted genital surgery or modification under the Criminal Code, but boys and intersex children are not.

“Some people do call the genital autonomy movement or anti-infant circumcision movement radical, but we’re not,” he said. “We’re just asking for exactly the same rights girls have to be applied to boys and intersex kids as well.”

Events planned for the Foreskin Pride March start on Saturday (August 4) at noon with protests outside a private clinic on West Broadway that provides circumcisions and at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. location in downtown Vancouver.

Also on Saturday, a rally is planned at the Vancouver Art Gallery at 3 p.m. and an adults-only education session on foreskin is planned at Qmunity queer resource centre at Bute Street and Davie Street at 7 p.m.

On Sunday (August 5) at 11 a.m., an adults-only “live foreskin demonstration” booth is to be set up at Sunset Beach Pride Festival. At noon on Sunday, a marching contingent is to take part in the Vancouver Pride Parade.

“This is an attempt on our part to start a new movement within the Pride movement, much like the dyke marches and the trans marches and other fixtures that you see routinely at Pride,” Callender said.

“We are hoping that as consciousness of the issue of genital autonomy and the rights of children become more mainstream that this will grow and grow and grow.”

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Drone
"educational demonstrations," chuckle!
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Nobody cares but you!
Why does this group feel the need to trivialize the very serious and sometimes life-threatening discrimination faced by the LGBT community AND further spread male privilege at the same time? It's like a one-two punch of douchebaggery. Whoop-de-doo, you're proud of your foreskin. You know who cares? Nobody else but you. Seriously. I do NOT care about your penis. This is not an issue. LGBT teenage kids committing suicide is. Being discriminated when you go out in public because your trans is. Being beaten to death for your sexual preferences is.

Quite frankly, what this group is doing is shameful. It's piggybacking on real issues with the most trivial nonsense imaginable. Honestly, we don't care about your fucking penises, dudes.

Also, why don't foreskin advocates wear pants?
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bubbles
"The first-annual Foreskin Pride March takes place this weekend with related activities..." related activities???
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R U Kiddingme
CFAP demonstrations?

CFAP...see fap! Truth in acronyms!
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jonny .
I agree that mutilating a childs genitals seems barbaric. It is not reversible, so that child is stuck with the parents decision for the rest of their lives. Not everyone likes a cut penis. Not everyone likes an uncut one. But I think that should be the decision of the person getting cut, not their parents.
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Important LGBT
Genital alteration of all babies, without consent, is wrong. This applies to straight, gay, bi, trans etc. Genital configuration should not lead to beatings. That's the point.
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I also care.
Hey "Nobody cares but you!": Watch this video of a Canadian boy being circumcised in a Canadian hospital and tell us again how trivial this growing movement is. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8212662920114237112&hl=en
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I care
Clearly one of the posters has some unresolved hatred of men. My son will not be circumcised and neither will my daughter nor will my trans baby be modified. Get a grip.
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GGG
@ I also care - i get the distinct impression 'Nobody cares but you' truly isn't going to care as long as there's a penis involved. These are called man hating lesbians.
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Nobody cares but you!
No, clearly one of the posters has a problem with men who think they are oppressed when they are not. One of the posters has a problem with any dude who thinks a tiny scrap of penis skin is an issue on par with LGBT issues. One of the posters merely sees this as a way for men to have people pay attention to them and their penises.

If you could put your privilege aside for even one second, you would see how offensive this is.

Also: not a man-hating lesbian. I love that that's the immediate assumption. But, it's cool. I know you guys won't never be able to see past the ends of your noses and realize that your actions are incredibly offensive.
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I CARE
I fully support foreskin and Glen!
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Glen Callender
Dear "Nobody cares but you!",

I’m Glen Callender, founder of the Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project (CAN-FAP) and the organizer of FORESKIN PRIDE. Thanks for telling our community that calling for the protection of male and intersex genitals from forced amputative surgery (exactly like the genitals of girls already are protected) is beneath contempt... at an event dedicated to ending sexual discrimination, of all places!

Since 2010, the organizers of Vancouver Pride, not to mention the 12 other Prides we’ve staged events at in Canada and the USA, have been delighted to have us. Why? Because THEY get it.

Circumcision removes more than half the nerves of the penis and the most sensitive parts of the penis--including parts that can achieve orgasm independently of the rest of the penis--yet you trivialize this horrific invasion of a defenseless child's sexuality (did you watch the circumcision video above?) by dismissing the foreskin as "a tiny scrap of penis". The foreskin IS a big deal, NCBY. Educate yourself.

Foreskin Pride isn’t trivializing anything—we are bringing attention to one of humanity’s most ancient forms of sexual discrimination and sexual abuse. If a girl has a human right to keep all of her sex organs, so does a boy, and so does an intersex child. Human rights aren’t for one gender or another, they are for EVERYONE. That is why we call them HUMAN rights. This is an issue of basic human rights and basic equality, and your vicious tirade against this perfectly reasonable point of view shows that you are deeply threatened by what we are doing. And to that I say: Good! Welcome to the 21st century.

To everyone else: If you support the right of ALL children to grow up with intact genitals and decide for themselves if they want any of their sex organs cut off, join us this weekend! Visit the Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project website to learn more. http://can-fap.net
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a mom who cares
"Only a tiny scap if tissue", you mean like "being gay is a choice"? As a mother of a baby boy, I care...i care about him and all the other boys and men who have this done to them without their consent; because it's "only a scap of skin". Some of those boys and men with also have/ will have to deal with LGBT issues, as well. Have some compassion!
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justthefacts
Every woman I've been with - every! - says they're glad I'm circumcised...and so am I! I could list the reasons they mentioned and my reasons why but probably wouldn't help here. Female and Male circumcisions are not even comparable and should not be equated. It serves to lessen the absolute crime and horror that is female circumcision.
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prenup
wow.."nobody cares" is clearly an angry woman. Ill bet a million bucks she would be the first one screaming if a similar type abuse was done on female babies i.e. removing part of the labia for religious beliefs

Removing foreskin is abuse. Its totally primitive, abusive and barbaric.
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dreamsofbeinguncut
@ nobodycares,
First - you're an idiot. Just because you don't think it's important, does not mean it is not an issue. In fact - it is on par with LGBT issues, because it's about human rights.

Second - that tiny scrap of penis skin you so detest is a big deal. It has been compared to cutting of your clit without permission in light of the difference in sexual satisfaction by those who have had the procedure done later in life. I am gay and I wish i still had one. I happen to like uncut dicks.
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prenup
@ "no body cares": Im just curious...why is it most lesbian woman like yourself are man haters, yet I have yet to meet a gay man that is a woman hater?
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Pat Crowe
Prenup has a very good point that I have noticed over and over as well.
Well @no body cares? I like you. Why don't you like me? Is it because I have the real thing and you have to run with a strap on?
I know a guy who almost lost his pecker at 18 because of infection to his uncircumsized pecker. He's a believer in circumcision...now.
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The mutilation of infant children, for whatever dogmatic, tribal reason is, I dare say, far more important than your social equality. Eat a dick nobodycaresbutyou. A big fat uncircumcized dick!
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john S
Circumcision is the one of the most effective form of combatting STDs. All males should be circumcised, both for their safety, as well as for their partners.
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