Pride Toronto

No Parade Float, No Pride Funding: Police Union

CP | Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.19.2017 | Canada

A committee representing LGBTQ officers in the force said it would be unacceptable for the city to give the grant to an event that excludes certain municipal employees.

Toronto Councillor Wants To Axe Pride Funding After Police Ban

CP | Brett Bundale, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.28.2017 | Canada

Pride organizers say the festival "will go on no matter what."

Black Lives Matter Toronto And The Fight For Good PR

Jeff Paterson | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada Living
Jeff Paterson

I'm not sure who is advising the Black Lives Matter Toronto chapter. Social justice should be about resolving issues that exist and preventing new ones from popping up. Regressive justice and the approach of BLMTO seems to be creating division. They're stepping on others and provoking controversy. Making such outlandish commentary and actions, they become their own worst enemy.

Halifax Police Won't March In Pride Due To 'National Debate'

CP | Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.06.2017 | Canada

Halifax Regional Police says the decision was made after several months of discussions with Halifax Pride.

Pride Toronto's Great Divide

Bryen Dunn | Posted 01.26.2017 | Canada Politics
Bryen Dunn

The recent Pride Toronto decision to honour all of Black Lives Matter Toronto's (BLMTO) demands for more inclusiveness has caused quite a stir, partially due to one of the requests being the "exclusion of uniformed police officers marching in the parade."

Pride Toronto Votes To Remove Police Floats From Parade

CP | Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.18.2017 | Canada

Members voted to adopt a list of demands put forward by the local chapter of Black Lives Matter.

Joshua Ostroff

A Gay Refugee's Journey From Syria To Marching Next To Trudeau

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 12.28.2016 | Canada Living

"I was overwhelmed by the presence of the prime minister next to me."

Fellow Gay White Men: Our Experience With Police Isn't The Norm

Aeryn Pfaff | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Living
Aeryn Pfaff

Since Black Lives Matter Toronto's sit-in during Pride 2016, many of you have shown woeful levels of misunderstanding of where our community as a whole sits with the police. I've heard several of you say that the police don't pose a threat to LGBT people, because we've made "progress." "The bathhouse raids were 35 years ago. Everything is fine now between LGBT people and the police!" is how the argument goes, as if conflict between police and LGBT people is a thing of the past. What you mean to say is that your battle for your rights (which did not include an agenda for LGBT people of colour) was already hard fought decades ago.

How To Be A Real Ally To Black Lives Matter

Tara Farahani | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Living
Tara Farahani

In fact, BLMTO is doing something no other group or society has ever done -- centering a Black experience, instead of excluding it. BLMTO looks to put its efforts into elevating and putting forward the issues of Black folks because no one else is -- and this is important and necessary.

'Gay Day' At Amusement Park Cancelled After Couple Told Not To Hug

The Huffington Post Canada | Angelyn Francis | Posted 07.18.2016 | Canada

“It’s so offensive and absurd that anyone would consider that not family friendly."

Toronto Pride Was Exactly The Right Moment For Black Lives Matter

Glen Canning | Posted 07.09.2016 | Canada Living
Glen Canning

For 30 minutes they held up a parade born from the outrage over the ignorance, intolerance, bigotry, abuse and hate LGBTQ people have experienced for being who they were born to be. If we learned anything at all, it should be that we remain silent as they speak, compassionate as they cry and outraged as they share.

These LGBT Prides Worldwide Prove Pride Has Always Been Political

The Huffington Post Canada | Angelyn Francis | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Living

A protest at Toronto Pride led by Black Lives Matter has blurred the lines between party and protest.

Black Rights Group Not Interested In Toronto Mayor's 'Interventions'

CP | Madeline Smith, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.07.2016 | Canada Living

"I want to make it very clear to Mayor Tory that we are not interested in politicking back and forth with him."

These 25 Photos Of Toronto Pride Show The Parade's Evolution

Huffington Post Canada | Al Donato | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living

Toronto Pride has come so far!

What Black LGBT Pride Means To Us

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

For as long as I can remember, being black and gay was like the biggest crime one could commit in my community. It didn't matter where you were born, the culture was one that saw black churches openly bashing homosexuality and parents disowning their children, leaving them on the streets to survive however they could. Fast forward to 2016, and the black LGBTQ community is growing by the minute and more and more black gay men and women are embracing who they are without apology. Here's what pride means to us.

Pride Toronto Will Go On, With Tighter Security And A Moment of Silence

CP | Colin Perkel | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Living

This year's Pride Parade will be dedicated to the victims of the Orlando shooting.

What Pride Looks Like Around The World

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Living

As Pride spreads across the world, so too does its message of acceptance, equality and love for all. Take a look at what that looks like on a global scale.

28 LGBTQ Canadians To Celebrate As Pride Approaches

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living

June is the month for Pride, and it's been a landmark one in 2015. Between record-breaking attendance at Winnipeg's parade and petitions for giant ...

This Is Now Arguably More Important To Toronto Than Pro Sports

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 06.24.2014 | Canada Business

Rob Ford is expected to be back in the mayor’s office at the end of this month, just in time to once again miss Toronto’s annual Pride festivities...

Best Of Pride Parade Style

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.25.2013 | Canada Style

Happy Pride 2013! Toronto is in the midst of another fabulous annual Pride Week, which will culminate with the legendary Toronto Pride Parade on Ju...

Pride Toronto Director's Powerful Response To Escobar

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.18.2012 | Canada

The clamorous reaction to Blue Jay Yunel Escobar's eye-black slur is still going strong, fuelled by Tuesday's press conference that saw the shortstop ...

The Evolution From Bathhouse Raids to Pride Parades

Bernie Farber | Posted 09.03.2012 | Canada
Bernie Farber

Another Canada Day, another successful Pride Parade along the streets of downtown Toronto. As in previous years one of the largest parades of its kind saw hundreds of thousands of people lining the streets. The Parade itself covers less than a mile or two of Toronto's streets but the geography is far less important than the message it sends. It was only 30 years ago this February that Toronto Police raided the city's gay bathhouses, arresting more than 300 innocent men.

How to Dress for Gay Pride Weekend

Songs & Cigarettes | Posted 08.29.2012 | Canada Style
Songs & Cigarettes

With such a vibrant event kicking off on June 22, we at Songs & Cigarettes found it crucial to impart some very important fashion tips to keep you looking the part and wowing Church Street during this festive occasion. Here are Braden, James, and Tim's 10 tips for dressing right during Pride.

13 Straight Canadians Who Show Their Pride

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.28.2012 | Canada Living

Pride festivities have unfolded in cities across Canada over the past month, and will continue throughout the year -- in Toronto, Pride Week is in ful...

WATCH: Pride Toronto, Google+ Create Films For Pride Week

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.25.2012 | Canada Living

Pride Toronto and Google+ have teamed up with renowned documentary maker Jeff Feurzeig (the Devil and Daniel Johnston) to create a series of documenta...