Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Justin Trudeau and his family walk in second-straight Toronto Pride parade

Justin Trudeau and his family walk in second-straight Toronto Pride parade

The 48th annual LGBT Pride March, more commonly know as the NYC Pride Parade, took over the streets of NY this weekend as thousands showed up in full force to support the cause. You can see highlights from the parade starting at 11:30 p.m. on ABC7. But those debates shouldn't detract from the incredible diversity of the parade itself, both in terms of marchers and spectators. According to the Toronto Star newspaper, Trudeau wished the crowd a happy "Pride Mubarak", recognizing the dueling events taking place that weekend.

"There's a broad concern among LGBTQ folks, especially people of color, that this movement that claims victory around marriage equality has very much left behind those of us who still experience marginalization", Peoples said.

Community pressure forced the issue, and on June 20, Pride organizers said there would be no uniformed police officers marching in the parade, and that more of the event security would be handled by unarmed security guards. We take very seriously allegations that anyone has suffered an injustice due to their sexual orientation, gender identity or race.

"This year, especially, it's a bit of a different atmosphere", said Grace Cook, a 17-year-old from suburban Chicago who noted the more political tone in the most recent parade, including at least one anti-Trump float.

"It's a really great idea to show support for and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community", Tong said.

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"The community spirit I felt at Ramadan food banks in Montreal and Toronto reminds us all - no matter our backgrounds, we're in this together", he writes, spreading an important message of inclusivity.

"We've come far, but we still have far to go", Thompson said.

She wasn't the only one to resign, 25 Pride volunteers have refused to help put on the annual parade and festival without meaningful change.

"We need to make it known that we are normal... that we are just regular people who want to live in society like anyone else".

Toronto pastor and prominent gay activist Brent Hawkes touched on the issue when he opened Toronto Pride with his final service, emphasizing the importance of making everyone feel welcome. It's us saying that 10 per cent of the population is here. Believe in us. Love us, because love is love.

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