It’s an exciting week in Toronto.
The 4th annual WorldPride is in full swing, and will be reaching it’s climax this Sunday June 29th with the WorldPride Parade before closing ceremonies.
What is WorldPride? Although most of us are likely familiar with Toronto’s annual Pride Week and Parade, some of us may be less familiar with the international celebration that has been hosted in cities around the world for the past 3 years. Previous WorldPride events were in Rome, Jerusalem, and London, so the 2014 Toronto event will be North America’s first. It is a 10-day “international celebration incorporating activism, education, and the history and culture of global LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities.” The week includes a number of official events, such as the World Pride Human Rights Conference, but the spirit of Pride has also been embraced with programming from the arts, religious, non-profit, and business communities in the area. For a full list of goings-on, check out the events calendar. WorldPride 2014 is expected to draw 2 million people, so be sure to head downtown to meet diverse communities from around the world.
McMaster’s own Queer Students Community Centre will be headed to Toronto on Sunday to march in WorldPride 2014. If you would like to join, details of the trip can be found here. The parade will begin at 1:00 pm on Yonge St. at the corner of Church St., stretching to Yonge-Dundas Square. Not only is the parade sure to be a fun time, it is also an incredibly powerful social justice statement. It provides the opportunity for a community that has been traditionally marginalized to celebrate victories, honour losses, and move forward with strength and resilience.
To learn more about WorldPride, take a look at the WorldPride Toronto website!
*LGBTTIQQ2SA is an abbreviation used to represent a broad array of identities such as, but not limited to, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex,queer, questioning, two-spirited, and allies.