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Toronto, May June 1 (IBNS): Toronto Mayor John Tory declared the Toronto Pride Month open on Friday, and said that the event is an achievement in itself but the way ahead is not free of hurdles yet
The launching of Toronto Pride Month was celebrated on Friday with a 1,000-square-foot art installation at the city hall with Tory making the official proclamation including the rise of the Rainbow and Trans flags at Toronto city hall Friday.
The theme of the Toronto Pride Month, said Tory was '35 Years of AIDS Activism' and added that the celebration was a reflection of the unified commitment on the part of this crowd.
The celebration of the internationally recognized National Pride Toronto Month, said Tory was not an easy task to reach that far, as the community is still fighting with the government for their rights to be heard and to be treated fairly.
It was important to stand united as a community, said the Mayor and added that the work towards healing the sense of loss and frustration was a united effort.
Tory said that as long as he was the mayor, he ''would dedicatedly commit myself to this community and see that inclusivity becomes the norm of the community."
He said, "It takes time, perseverance and dedication to bring change but we can and we will bring change. We should never feel defeated, however slow the progress is."
Pride's annual parade is scheduled to go ahead at 2 p.m. on June 24, following the Dyke March on June 23 and the Trans March on June 22.
The march is part of Pride Toronto's Until We're Safe campaign launched by Toronto earlier this month, who are upset and mourning for victims of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur.
"It's still a celebration…The Bruce McArthur situation has definitely contributed to that sense of refocusing on the things" said the executive director of Pride Toronto, Olivia Nuamah had said during the earlier announcement of the launch of the festival and added that she was "pretty psyched" for the month ahead.
"We are trying to…celebrate and look at AIDS service organizations that have been the pillar of the LGBTQ+ community for 30 years and so that's really exciting," she had said.
Nuamah added that involvement of more communities and cultures,and highlights in more local art would be featured in this year's expanded programming,
Tory then thanked Olivia Nuamah, for her work and all the people working with her, be they be volunteers, staff and the board.
Tory also said that Pride Toronto was expected to become the first street festival in the city for the "drinks to go" plan is still pending.
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Mayor Tory concluded his speech by saying, "I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of City Council hereby proclaim June 2018 as Toronto Pride Month in the city of Toronto."
He then handed the Proclamation to the co-chairs of Pride Toronto who also spoke of all the things they are committed to doing.\
This was followed by raising of the trangender flags by John Tory.
The ceremony concluded with barbeque for the gathering.