Police Refuse To Arrest Fully Naked Men Cavorting For Kids at Toronto Pride: ‘Not In Public Interest’

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The Toronto Police Service decided against arresting or charging fully naked men who were seen cavorting in front of children in Toronto’s LGBTQI+ Pride Parade events over the weekend because detaining them would not be in the public’s “best interest.” 

Critics of the decision to allow the men to continue performing sexualized routines in a naked state in front of children note that committing indecent exposure to those under the age of 16 is illegal.

Video footage from Friday’s Trans Pride Parade and Sunday’s general Pride Parade posted online clearly show fully naked men walking in public, and in some cases performing sexualized routines, despite the fact that the event organizers billed the parades as “family friendly”.  

One video shows a man with no clothes on except for a Bugs Bunny mask and rabbit slippers, hoping through the street, his genitals fully on display to children.


Lifesite report: Toronto’s “Pride Parade” events took place over the weekend and finished off with a large parade on June 30. It is Canada’s largest LGBT-charged event and has the full support of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, as well as many Conservative MPs. 

According to Canada’s Criminal Code, “everyone who, without lawful excuse, is nude in a public place is guilty of an offense punishable on summary conviction.” 

Despite this, Toronto Police Service, in a general statement to the media, said that arresting fully naked men was not in the “best interest” of the community.

“At large events such as the Pride Parade, which attracts as many as a million people, our number one priority is public safety and ensuring a peaceful event,” noted a spokesperson.  

Toronto Police further explained that it was “not” in the “best interest of officers or the community to have police wading into crowds to arrest people for public nudity.”  

Toronto Police said that such a charge would require the consent of the attorney general.  

According to Canada’s Criminal Code, “no proceedings shall be commenced under this section without the consent of the Attorney General.” 

Of important note is that committing indecent exposure to those under the age of 16 is illegal, and does not require the attorney general’s consent. 

Toronto’s “Pride Parade” is no stranger to scenes of outright debauchery, and in the past has featured fully naked men in near proximity to children. 

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