Members of the LGBTTIQQ2SA* community came out in full force to show their pride and support during Toronto Pride 2015.
Whether you missed out on last week’s events or want to relive it all over again, we’ve recapped some of the highlights below.
Mayor John Tory raises the Pride flag at city hall on Monday, June 22nd to officially kick off Pride Week.
On Tuesday hundreds gathered at the Toronto AIDS Memorial in Barbara Hall Park for a candlelight vigil to remember those who have passed away. 24 new names were added to the 2700 names that have accumulated since 1988 when the memorial was erected as a temporary installation. It was later made permanent in 1993.
Torontoist (@torontoist) June 25, 2015
On Friday and Saturday, the Trans** March and Dyke March were granted routes intentionally longer than the Pride Parade’s route in recognition of the remaining struggles for trans people and LGBTTIQQ2SA women in the community.
The Trans** March was the longest of the three and was only the third time that the Trans** March was officially permitted to proceed down Yonge Street and the first time it’s been allowed to fully take over the street.
Dyke March organizers stressed that it isn’t a parade but a “political demonstration of critical mass; a moment seized to revel in the strength, diversity and passion of LGBTTIQQ2SA* women and trans* people”.
And finally, the Pride Parade on Sunday drew impressive crowds as usual, and many expressed a sense that this year’s pride held particular significance given the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.
Many came out to demonstrate their pride and support in all kinds of ways.
Jackie Hong (@xjackiehong) June 29, 2015
FantasyWorld (@WORLDSofFANTASY) June 29, 2015
Who are they? Happy Toronto Cops at Pride. http://t.co/DbDkh8BAse—
Shayne Craig (@shaycra) June 30, 2015
While others called attention to the need for further progress.
Corporate sponsors of Toronto Pride could do well by employing trans people. 50% of trans people in Ontario make less than $15000 a year—
Sophia Banks (@sophiaphotos) June 27, 2015
OrgasmicSweetPotato (@orgsweetpotato) June 28, 2015
And they’re right. There is still a lot more to be done in securing equality for the LGBTI community. But if this past week is any indication, there seems to be the will and the critical mass to achieve it.
*In case you missed it, Pride Toronto has been using the new umbrella term LGBTTIQQ2SA since 2009 in aims to be more inclusive. The acronym represents Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, 2-Spirited and Allies.
**Trans March organizers define trans as “an umbrella term that refers to all of the identities within the gender identity spectrum, including (but not limited to), those community members who identify as transgender, transsexual, Intersex, third gender, genderqueer, genderfluid, gender independent, transvestite, non-binary and bigender”.