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June 19, 1998
City events recognize Lesbian and Gay Pride Week
The City of Toronto will participate in a number of events to recognize Lesbian
and Gay Pride Week, June 23 to 28, 1998.

"Toronto is a great city of wonderful and diverse communities," says Mayor Mel
Lastman. "We are a city of people from 169 lands speaking over 100 languages.
Our gay and lesbian community is the third largest in North America and an
important contributor to our economy, our diversity and our spirit."

Mayor Lastman will help kick off the week?s festivities by participating in a
ceremony to raise the rainbow flag over Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City
Hall, at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, June 22. The seven different-coloured stripes of
the flag represent the wide spectrum of groups of people that form the lesbian
and gay communities.

On Wednesday, June 24 at 8 a.m. in the Toronto City Hall Members' Lounge, 100
Queen Street West, the city will host a breakfast to recognize members of the
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities for their contributions to

The mayor, Councillor Kyle Rae (Downtown), other members of City Council and
members of the Toronto Employee Working Group on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual
Issues, the Toronto Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues
and the Task Force on Community Access and Equity will attend the event.

"Toronto has a proud history of celebrating our communities and defending their
rights," says Councillor Kyle Rae. "Twenty-five years ago, the City of Toronto
became one of the first municipalities in North America to ban employment
discrimination against lesbians and gay men. That tradition of equality and
human rights is vital to our city."

Mayor Lastman, Councillor Rae and other members of City Council will join other
politicians in marching in the annual Pride parade along Yonge Street, between
Bloor and Gerrard streets, on Sunday, June 28. On that day, the city will also
set up booths on Church Street near Wellesley Street East to display
information on city programs and services of interest to the lesbian and gay

Media Contact
Kim Graham
Access and Equity Centre
(416) 392-8681



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