Saturday, June 05, 2021

It's Pride Month and the flag is up in Toronto

The Rainbow and Transgender flags were raised at Toronto City Hall for the month of June for Pride Month. Mayor John Tory proclaimed Pride Month during a virtual flag raising ceremony with messages from the Mayor, Councillor Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Toronto Centre) along with Sherwin Modeste, Executive Director of Pride Toronto, and Grant Gonzales and Yuri Hernandez, Pride Toronto Board of Directors Co-Chairs. It was extra special because of the 40th anniversary of Pride Toronto.

Pride celebrates Toronto's 2SLGBTQ+ communities and will last from June 1 to June 27 and will end with a virtual Pride Parade. Mayor Tory says "Although, COVID-19 has changed how we celebrate Pride in the month of June, it is important to continue recognizing and acknowledging the many contributions this community has made to our city and the continued work ahead in building an inclusive city for our 2SLGBTQ+ community. Pride events are some of our city’s most beloved moments and are a true signal of a Toronto summer. I encourage all Torontonians to show their support for the 2SLGBTQ+ community, its businesses and artists by attending one of the many virtual Pride events taking place this month."

Sherwin Modeste, Executive Director of Pride Toronto says "We are excited to be commemorating our 40th anniversary by sharing our story through digital content and by showcasing our heroes, our Elders, of the Toronto Queer and Trans communities. Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, communities across Toronto, especially racialized and marginalized communities, are frustrated, exhausted, and anxious about their future. However, this year has also highlighted their sacrifices and resiliency in the face of great challenges. We hope you enjoy while we continue to celebrate, rejoice, be resilient, honour, and be proud of everything we have done and the work that is to continue. Happy Pride!"

Then the flag was lowered to half mast in memory of the 215 buried at a Residential School in Kamloops.

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