The curtain has been raised on the first ever Pride Month in Toronto.
Mayor John Tory, together with Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, some other councillors, as well as Pride Toronto, got together to raise the rainbow flag at City Hall and to make the proclamation official.
Since 1991, Toronto had only marked Pride Week in June, which culminated with the Pride Parade.
Pride Month aims to highlight the activism, diversity, history and culture of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S) communities.
“Pride has evolved over the years as you know. If you look back to the roots 35 years ago, it took to the streets in the form of a protest following the bathhouse raids in 1981. And here we are 35 years later, where a protest has become a parade, and a week long festival has become a month long celebration. For the first time we will have this year, marching in this parade, our parade, here in Toronto, the Prime Minister of Canada, the Premier of Ontario, and the Mayor of Toronto.” Toronto Mayor John Tory