Last Saturday, those who marched in Pride were gay, straight, Trans, cisgender, people of color, refugees, immigrants, and people of all faiths, ages, professions, families and children.
Last year's parade was especially eventful, with Black Lives Matter (BLM) staging a sit-in that ended with Toronto Pride officials signing an agreement sign an agreement that included banning Toronto police from having a float this year.
In January, organizers made a decision to adopt a list of demands issued by the Toronto chapter of Black Lives Matter, which included a ban on police floats. However, the Toronto BLM anxious that the widespread presence of uniformed cops might make marginalized members of the LGBTQ community uncomfortable attending the event.
In a statement, Pride organizers said LGBTQ police officers are welcome to participate in the parade with community groups, but not in uniform.
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Groups with messages opposing police at Pride made their presence known at parades in Chicago and Seattle as well.
A Wider Bridge Midwest Manager Laurel Grauer, who was among those ejected from the parade, said she has brought that flag to the march for years without issue. "Inclusion is the core value in our community", said the pastor, "and as long as a group or a company supports LGBT equality, then in my opinion, welcome aboard". According to the Toronto Star newspaper, Trudeau wished the crowd a happy "Pride Mubarak", recognizing the dueling events taking place that weekend.
For Jessica Harding, a 35-year-old Chicago resident, the parade meant both.
"This is a true grassroots movement where people are aligning under the notion that there's no equality and pride for some of us without reparations for all of us", she said.
"I think that trust has been damaged permanently with this community", said Gum.
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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said on Twitter that the city was celebrating unity and a strong community.
Protesters blocked the parade route and delayed its start by more than an hour as they called for police to be excluded from Pride events.
"I came out to join the festivities and have a good time".
National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations also took part in this year's event.
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