In July, Toronto’s Pride parade was brought to a standstill when Black Lives Matters protestors staged a sit-in midway through the march and demanded the event organisers to sign-off a list of demands.
The demands included more funding for black and minority ethnic pride-related events, and – more controversially – a ban on police floats at future Pride festivals.
Last month, Toronto Pride director Mathieu Chantelois who promised BLM activists that he would ban police floats in future parades resigned.
RuPaul who attended at the pride celebration and had also given an incredibly inspiring speech to the attendees shared with The Advocate magazine on Thursday his views of the actions of the BLM protestors.
When asked whether he supports such kind of demonstration, Mama Ru explained that it may not be part of the solution to the bigger problem of racism and police brutality against people of color in America.
‘People want to be heard. People feel powerless. And a lot of the time, people will do a lot of different things to feel like they are part of the solution,’ said RuPaul. ‘Sometimes they make sense. Sometimes those things don’t make sense.’
He went on to acknowledge the BLM activists’ passion in getting involved, but also asked the question, ‘Does that actually help cure [the problem]?’
RuPaul was also asked about his thoughts on HIV infections among black gay men as well as his experiences with the police.
Watch what he’s got to say here: