Love Is Love: Pride Festivities Take Over the World

The Background

Canada’s largest Pride parade in downtown Toronto featured some big names and an even bigger message. For the second year in a row, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marched in the annual event, this time alongside his wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory. Sunday’s festivities opened with remarks by Toronto pastor Brent Hawkes who preached a message of inclusiveness and tolerance. His words were seen as particularly timely given the ongoing controversy surrounding this year’s ban on police floats and uniformed officers as demanded by the local chapter of Black Lives Matter. Hawkes said Pride cannot afford to be derailed by “divisive” politics adding that as long as a particular company or group supports LGBTQ rights, they should be welcomed to participate. Global News

And Around the World…

Toronto was just one of many cities that celebrated Pride over the weekend, including festivities in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Surrey and Minneapolis. Thousands of people filled the streets in events all across the U.S. and Canada in support of LGBTQ rights, and for many, as an act of resistance against Donald Trump and the American government. In NYC, recently released Chelsea Manning rode the American Civil Liberties Union float, while Governor Andrew Cuomo came out to support his state. Luckily, most of the parades went off without incident, minus a few arrests in Ohio, a tear gas incident in Turkey and a slight interruption in Washington by a “No Justice No Pride” group. Telegraph

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