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June 19, 2006
Flag raising at City Hall marks the start of Pride Week in Toronto
Mayor David Miller today proclaimed June 19 to 25 as Pride Week in Toronto. Councillor Kyle Rae (Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale) joined the Mayor and Pride co-chairs Natasha Garda and David Anderson to raise the Rainbow flag at City Hall, marking the start of the 26th annual week-long cultural festival for Toronto’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited and transsexual community.

“Pride Week is not only a celebration of Toronto’s diversity, but an example to the world of our tolerance and inclusiveness,” said Mayor David Miller. “This is one of the most important, colourful and fun events held in the city. Later this summer, Toronto will host the 16th International AIDS Conference; we can all take pride that Toronto’s gay and lesbian community has always been at the forefront of the global HIV/AIDS education movement.”

“The raising of the rainbow flag symbolizes the City of Toronto’s support for our communities,” said Councillor Kyle Rae. “This is especially important now that the Harper government is threatening to take away our equality rights.”

Musical entertainment was provided by Forte Men’s Chorus and the Ode’min Kwe Singers. The Ode’min Kwe Singers not only celebrate Pride, but also help mark June 21, National Aboriginal Day. This year marks the 17th anniversary of the founding of the Two-Spirited People of the First Nations - a Toronto-based non-profit organization whose clientele consists of Aboriginal lesbians and gays in Toronto.

Media contacts:

Stuart Green
Mayor’s Office

Councillor Kyle Rae
Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale



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