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May 30, 2016
Mayor Tory to raise rainbow flag and proclaim Pride Month in Toronto at ceremony on Tuesday
Mayor John Tory will be joined by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) and other members of Council along with Pride Toronto representatives tomorrow as he raises the rainbow flag and officially proclaims June as Pride Month for the first time in Toronto. Previously, the City of Toronto had proclaimed Pride Week annually since 1991.

Mathieu Chantelois, Executive Director of Pride Toronto, and Aaron Glynwilliams, who co-chairs Pride Toronto's board of directors, along with members of the public, will also participate in Tuesday's ceremony at City Hall.

Date: Tuesday, May 31
Time: Noon
Location: Podium Roof, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

This year's celebration will expand its footprint over 33 days as it grows as one of Toronto's signature arts and cultural events and continues to strengthen social equity and empowerment. An internationally-recognized festival, Pride Month will showcase the activism, diversity, history and culture of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S) communities and will culminate in one of the biggest annual parades in North America.

Following the flag raising, members of the public are invited to a special Pride Month kickoff barbecue hosted by Mayor Tory and Toronto City Council. The free barbecue will be held on the podium roof at City Hall.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

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