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June 19, 2000
City of Toronto Participates in Pride Week Festivities
Again this year, the City of Toronto is enthusiastically participating in
various activities throughout Lesbian and Gay Pride Week, from June 19 to 25,
2000. This year is the 20th annual Pride Week celebration in Toronto.

On Monday, June 19th, at noon, on the Podium Roof of City Hall, Councillor Kyle
Rae will join members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and
transgender communities and officially proclaim June 19th to 25th as Lesbian
and Gay Pride Week in Toronto. A reception will follow on Podium Roof. Flag
raisings will also occur at each of the five civic centres on the same day.

The Toronto Police Services Board and Police Chief Julian Fantino will host
"the Police Chief's Pride Week Reception" in honour of Toronto's lesbian and
gay community on Wednesday, June 21st from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Sailor's bar at
465 Church Street in the heart of Toronto's gay village.

The City of Toronto Culture Division in partnership with the Canadian Lesbian
and Gay Archives, is presenting an exhibit of portraits, entitled "Builders of
Tolerance: Portraits from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives" at Heritage
Toronto, 205 Yonge Street, weekdays from 1 to 5 p.m. The exhibition runs from
June 21 to September 20, 2000.

City of Toronto departments will be participating in the Community Fair on
Sunday, June 25, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Community Fair is a excellent
opportunity for all groups to reach out to the public, and this year the City
of Toronto contingent will include Works and Emergency Services, Public Health,
Road and Trail Safety Ambassadors, the Access and Equity Unit and the Toronto
Public Library.

On Sunday, June 25th, at 3 p.m., the Mayor, along with many City Councillors,
will participate in the 20th annual Pride Day Parade. Starting at Church and
Bloor, the parade heads west to Yonge, then south to Dundas, where it turns and
then disperses at Church Street.

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