Even though "raves" are banned from all city-owned property, the Gay Pride weekend Unity 2000 party is still going full-water-bottle ahead at the CNE's Automotive Building.
"I think it's sad that other parties are being shut down," says Jason Ford, a member of the board of directors of the Unified Group, who throw the 19+ Unity bash. "But as far as us being lumped together with them, it's a world apart."
City councillor Kyle Rae managed to get an exemption from Mayor Lastman for Unity when council was debating booting dancers from city property.
"It's the same," insists Alex D, the editor and publisher of Tribe magazine. "Unity has DJs, it has lighting, it has dancing all night. But the gay community is much more organized politically than we are." Quips Rae, "Maybe we're just smarter."