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June 23, 2008
Mayor Miller proclaims June 20 - 29 Pride Week
  
Mayor David Miller proclaimed June 20 - 29 as Pride Week today at Nathan Phillips Square as thousands of residents, visitors and businesses from diverse communities showed their pride and support for the raising of the rainbow flag.

“The City of Toronto continues to lead the way to eliminate racism and discrimination, and ensure that vulnerable communities can participate in civil society by eliminating racism, sexism, homophobia, and other barriers to the achievement of human rights,” said Mayor Miller.

The Mayor was joined by Councillor Kyle Rae (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale), Pride Toronto’s co-chairs Lenore MacAdam and Mark Singh, other members of Council and dignitaries, and thousands of participants to show their unified support and celebrate the city’s culture and diversity.

Pride Week, now in its 28th year, is a week-long cultural festival of Toronto’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited and transsexual community. The City of Toronto continues to take positive steps to ensure equal access to its many programs and services and has received recognition for the development of gay-positive environments, including a new resource guide, within its long-term care homes.

Councillor Kyle Rae, Chair of the Economic Development Committee and one of Canada’s principal gay rights advocates added, “Pride Week celebrations contribute to reducing barriers such as employment, housing, public safety, policing, health care, education and recognizing family relationships. It also contributes to the city’s cultural, social and economic vitality by drawing thousands of residents and visitors to our great city, and I am proud to support this community - the third largest in North America.”

Details on other events hosted by the City are at http://www.toronto.ca/diversity. For a complete listing of all Pride events including the Pride Parade, one of the world’s largest street festivals, visit http://www.pridetoronto.com.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Don Wanagas, Director of Communications, Mayor’s Office, 416-338-7134, dwanagas@toronto.ca
Idalina Lima Matias, Protocol Officer, City Clerk’s Office, 416-392-6745, imatias@toronto.ca


 

 

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