The mass shooting inside a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida that has claimed the lives of at least 50 people is now starting to impact the plans for security at Pride Toronto 2016.
U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the nation on Sunday afternoon stating: “This event was especially heart-breaking for all our friends, our fellow Americans, who are lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender. “
Toronto Pride now says that there will be a candle light vigil for the victims tonight (Sunday) at 8 p.m. at Barbara Hall Park on Church Street.
The executive director for this year’s event is Mathieu Chantelois who says Pride is now working closely with both Toronto Police and the RCMP. He also says they are taking more steps to assure that everyone attending the event will be safe.
This is Canada’s first-ever Pride Month, which launched on June 1st leading up to the much anticipated annual Pride Parade on July 3rd.
The Pride Parade has managed to draw hundreds of thousands to the city on an annually basis.