Justin Trudeau to march in Toronto Pride parade today

Aaron Brown
June 28, 2017

"It is an incredible honor to be the Grand Marshal of this year's Pride parade", she said.

Marking his appearance at the parade, Trudeau posted: "Love is love".

People cheer for marchers walking down 5th Ave.in the annual New York Gay Pride Parade. The Prime Minister even courageous inclement weather, marching for Pride in the rain before it transitioned to sunny skies.

Trudeau commenced Toronto Pride by introducing the theme of this year's march: inclusivity.

"There's lots of younger kids and it's awesome".

"Here you get to see floats and decorations and music".

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"We are here. This is our community as well". Coming to the parade is how I celebrate.

"It's really, really cool to be able to feel and be a part of it". National politics and the president were also a reason many felt showing up for this year's Pride was just as important as last year. "I didn't want to understand it", he said. "There are more vendors this year, more energy, and it's a great thing". I think our president is a name.

Amid the exuberant cheers and waving of rainbow flags to celebrate the brightest aspects of gay pride, some of the community's uglier history is lost in the background, activists said. However, despite significant turnout, difficulties still lie ahead as the battle against discrimination and harassment continues particularly for those in the trans community.

"We have a display of all the different people who lost their lives", a member of the Cultural Center said. "We're here to show that [LGBTQ people] can have families too, there is a way, and there are people who'll support you". "This is a good way of getting that across", she explained. Minneapolis Police Chief Janeè Harteau, herself a member of the LGBT community, expressed her disappointment over the "divisive" decision.

Many Chicagoans come back to Boystown year after year, like Katrina Delgrosso, who came to Chicago's Pride parade for the last three years.

Larry Dehrke (left) with his husband Roger Bottorff at the Chicago Pride Parade. As an inclusive organization enriched by the diversity of those we represent, we know that all of us are diminished when one of us is excluded. "We believe strongly that it's a free speech event". "We demand rights, we deserve rights".

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