First-annual Foreskin Pride March planned in Vancouver

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      With Pride 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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      Aug 1, 2012 at 12:48pm

      "educational demonstrations," chuckle!

      Nobody cares but you!

      Aug 1, 2012 at 1:05pm

      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?


      Aug 1, 2012 at 1:11pm

      "The first-annual Foreskin Pride March takes place this weekend with related activities..." related activities???

      R U Kiddingme

      Aug 1, 2012 at 1:56pm

      CFAP demonstrations?

      CFAP...see fap! Truth in acronyms!

      jonny .

      Aug 1, 2012 at 2:04pm

      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.

      Important LGBT

      Aug 1, 2012 at 2:05pm

      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.

      I care

      Aug 1, 2012 at 2:30pm

      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.


      Aug 1, 2012 at 2:35pm

      @ 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.

      Nobody cares but you!

      Aug 1, 2012 at 2:38pm

      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.