TORONTO–Toronto’s Pride organizers say Justin Trudeau will become the first prime minister to participate in the festivities. The event takes place on July 3, 2016, and is in its 35th year.
Toronto’s Pride event is unique in that it actually feature three different parades during the course of the ten-day celebration. On July 1, the Toronto Trans Parade is schedule. The following day, Toronoto Dyke Parade is slated.
Black Lives Matter–Toronto, the advocacy group fighting against police brutality against Blacks in Canada, is also marching in the gay parade in a mark of solidarity.
“We look forward to standing beside and honouring the extremely important and significant work of Black Lives Matter – Toronto, who are leading a timely movement in our city both boldly and fiercely,” said Alica Hall, of Pride Toronto, in a news release.
Hall added those involved in Pride “welcome the opportunity to learn from the coalition, celebrate their successes and give support to the continued fight for black lives.”
Along with Trudeau, Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory are also slated to take part in the festivities.
Organizers have said gay Syrian refugees will have a place at the Pride events.