'Since Pride, I've just felt unsafe': LGBTQ rally goers talk what needs to happen now - 2019-07-14
The rally included booths, signs and music by the LGBTQ community and allies. Those in attendance described it as a good first step toward healing the wounds that have deepened since the Pride festival.
At that festival, religious protesters showed up with homophobic signs and clashed with Pride goers, and a group of anarchists in pink masks blocked the protesters with a large portable barrier. Several people were injured.
Pride Hamilton criticized the police response, saying officers were too slow to respond. Chief Eric Girt has said police would have deployed differently if they'd been invited to the event.