40 Years of Pride

This June marks the 40th anniversary of the festivities known as Toronto Pride. While Pride is cancelled again this year due to Covid restrictions, that is not stopping people from celebrating this important time online. 

Pride Toronto has reimagined Pride month and the Festival Weekends by creating the first-ever Phygital Pride Festival. This means organizers have created a blend of digital programming, hoping for integrated physical experiences while following all Covid safety protocols.

In honour of the 40th anniversary, Canada’s Drag Race winner, Priyanka, will be hosting the parade. Other performances include, Allie X and Juno-Award winner, iskwē.

Pride is set to feature 70 events, more than 130 2SLGBTQ+ artists, 14 party collectives, and seven community committee programs. What is new is that Pride will now feature two Festival Weekends on June 18-20 and June 25-27.

This month is packed with exciting virtual activities that are all available online at Pride Toronto. Here’s a sneak peek at what is to come June 1-4:

It has been a long road for the LGBTQ+ community, but that doesn’t mean the road is finished. There are still many injustices that the community faces, and while 40 years of Pride is a wonderful accomplishment, there is still more we can do: use someone’s correct pronouns or step up when you see injustice.

Pride Parade will be on your screen on June 27 at 2 pm. To keep up to date with events and sign up for them, check out Pride Toronto.

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