City of Toronto raises Rainbow and Transgender flags at City Hall for Pride Month
Today, Mayor John Tory proclaimed Pride Month in Toronto and the Rainbow and Transgender flags were raised at City Hall. Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s flag raising ceremony was held virtually and featured pre-recorded messages from Mayor Tory, Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Toronto Centre), Sherwin Modeste, Executive Director of Pride Toronto, and Grant Gonzales and Yuri Hernandez, Pride Toronto Board of Directors Co-Chairs.
After the Rainbow and Transgender flags are raised on the courtesy flagpole, following conversations with Pride Toronto, they will be immediately lowered to half-mast in memory of the 215 children whose bodies were buried at Kamloops Indian Residential School in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation territory.
This year marks two major anniversaries for Toronto’s Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex and questioning communities (2SLGBTQ+): the 40th anniversary of Pride Toronto and the 30th anniversary of the City proclaiming Pride Day.
The annual Pride Festival is a vibrant celebration of Toronto’s diverse 2SLGBTQ+ communities. While the COVID-19 pandemic means in-person celebrations are not currently possible, the City encourages residents to virtually participate in one of Toronto’s largest annual cultural events. The 2021 festival runs from Tuesday, June 1 to Sunday, June 27, culminating in a virtual Pride Parade that honours Pride’s history, highlights Toronto talent and fosters community. More information is available here
To read the Mayor’s proclamation, view the 2021 flag raising video and learn more about key milestones for Toronto’s 2SLGBTQ+ community, visit here