This long weekend, we'll be celebrating Canada Day and how proud we are to be such a diverse bunch of polite and quirky Canucks, but we'll also be revelling at the biggest party of the year in honour of gay pride.

Pride Week, which culminates in the massive Toronto Pride Parade on Sunday, June 30 — in one of the most progressive countries and cities in the world — is also one of the largest events of its kind, with an estimated 1.2 million people in attendance.

In honour of Pride 2013, here's a shout-out to 50 of our favourite inspiring, talented and fun LGBT Canadians — including famous politicians, musicians, actors, writers, designers, activists and more.

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  • Kathleen Wynne

    <a href="" target="_blank">Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne</a>, Canada's first openly gay premier.

  • KD Lang

    <a href="" target="_blank">Singer</a>

  • Rick Mercer

    <a href="" target="_blank">Comedian, TV host</a>

  • Scott Thompson

    <a href="" target="_blank">Actor and comedian</a>, most famous for "The Kids in the Hall."

  • Rufus Wainwright

    <a href="" target="_blank">Singer</a>

  • Irshad Manji

    Journalist, author, activist <a href="" target="_blank">and blogger</a>.

  • Ashley MacIsaac

    <a href="" target="_blank">Folk musician</a>

  • Douglas Coupland

    <a href="" target="_blank">Novelist and visual artist</a>.

  • Tegan and Sara


  • Ann-Marie MacDonald

    <a href="" target="_blank">Novelist, playwright and author</a>

  • Adamo Ruggiero

    <a href="" target="_blank">Actor,</a> best known for his role on "Degrassi: The Next Generation"

  • Rex Harrington

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Former principal dancer, National Ballet Of Canada</a>

  • David Clemmer

    <a href="" target="_blank">TV personality, stylist</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">chief executive</a>

  • Diane Flacks

    <a href="" target="_blank">Actor and writer</a>

  • Arren Williams

    <a href="" target="_blank">Stylist, writer and blogger</a>

  • Jay Manuel

    <a href="" target="_blank">TV personality</a> and make-up artist, most well known for role on "America's Next Top Model"

  • Rae Spoon

    <a href="" target="_blank">Musician and author</a>

  • Deb Pearce

    <a href="" target="_blank">Comic, radio and TV host</a>

  • Glen Peloso

    <a href="" target="_blank">Interior designer</a>

  • Seamus O'Regan

    Broadcast journalist and possible <a href="" target="_blank">political candidate</a>.

  • Joeffer Caoc

    <a href="" target="_blank">Designer</a>

  • Glenn and David Dixon


  • Trevor Boris

    <a href="" target="_blank">Comedian,</a> well known for his job on MuchMusic's "Video on Trial."

  • Lucas Silveira

    Lead vocalist of <a href="" target="_blank">The Clicks</a>.

  • Kim Crosby

    <a href="" target="_blank">Artist and activist</a>.

  • Wayson Choy

    Author whose first novel, <em>The Jade Peony</em>, shared Ontario’s 1996 Trillium Prize with Margaret Atwood's <em>Alias Grace</em>.

  • Tyler Brûlé

    <a href="" target="_blank">Journalist</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">columnist</a> and magazine publisher

  • Elvira Kurt

    Comedian, TV host

  • Trey Anthony

    TV show creator, playwright

  • David Furnish

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Filmmaker and writer. Married to singer Elton John</a>

  • Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Designers, style experts, TV hosts</a>

  • Joe Zee

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Fashion stylist and editor</a>

  • Jeremy Laing

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Designer</a>

  • Brad Goreski

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Author, fashion expert</a>

  • Mark Tewksbury

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Former Olympic swimmer, gold-medallist, author</a>

  • Carole Pope

    <a href="" target="_blank">Musician</a>

  • Peaches

    <a href="" target="_blank">Musician</a>

  • Scott Heggart

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Athlete, activist, online gay rights advocate</a>

  • Brian Orser

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Figure skater, former Olympian and eight-time world champion</a>

  • Sarah Vaillancourt

    <a href="" target="_blank">Member of Canada's gold medal-winning women's hockey team</a>. (Pictured left)

  • André Boisclair

    <a href="" target="_blank">Boisclair</a>, former leader of the Parti Quebecois, was the first openly gay politician in Canada to win the leadership of a party with legislative representation.

  • Aleksandar Antonijevic

    National Ballet of Canada principal dancer (a.k.a. Romeo) and photographer <a href="" target="_blank">Aleksandar Antonijevic.</a>

  • George Smitherman

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Politician, former Toronto mayoral candidate. </a>

  • Jeremy Podeswa

    Director, best known for "The Five Senses" and "Fugitive Pieces."

  • Antoine Bédard

    Electronic musician, <a href="" target="_blank">known as Montag</a>.

  • Tommy Smythe

    <a href="" target="_blank">Interior designer and TV personality</a>

  • Savoy "Kapow" Howe

    Boxing champion

  • Enza Andreson

    <a href="" target="_blank">Writer and activist</a>

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