Toronto Pride should be inclusive, pastor says at service before parade

Posted June 26, 2017

Earlier this month, Xtra had asked the prime minister's office if Trudeau would march in any Pride parades this year, but the PMO declined to be specific. "Trudeau also wished the crowd a happy 'Pride Mubarak, ' a play on words referring to the end-of-Ramadan celebrations happening in the Muslim community Sunday - celebrations Trudeau honoured with a pair of brightly coloured socks".

Swirling around the colourful event was continued debate over the decision by organizers to keep the Toronto police float out of the parade. However, the Toronto BLM anxious that the widespread presence of uniformed cops might make marginalized members of the LGBTQ community uncomfortable attending the event.

According to TheStar.com, dozens of officers traveled from Toronto to New York to march in uniform as part of the New York Pride parade. "We celebrate the multiple layers of identities that make Canada extraordinary and strong and today we celebrate with the entire LGBTQ community", he told reporters. "So I would say don't ban what's offensive to some, reform it to the benefit of everyone". "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. Lucky Vincent Bersales, who grew up in the Philippines, marched for the first time in this year's parade, wearing a floor-length blue dress with diamond accents. "I'm going to do what I want to do all the time when I meet people is give them the biggest, squeeziest hug that I can".

Black Lives Matter didn't hold up the Toronto parade this year, but did stage a protest down the parade route after Pride had wound down.