- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made history by being the first Prime Minister of Canada to march in the Pride parade
- The pride parade included a tribute to the victims of the Orlando massacre
- Trudeau also attended the annual aprade last year as head of the Liberal Party of Canada
“It’s sort of frustrating that it has to be a big thing," said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who became the first Canadian PM to join the Toronto Pride parade on Sunday.
(Video from youtube/Robin Yap)
Trudeau, while waving a Canadian maple-leaf flag bordered with a rainbow marched with thousands of people in the parade who greeted him with applause as he walked.
The Canadian PM has been known for his progressive approach on LGBT issues. He said that his participation in the Pride parade shouldn’t be a big thing, and added that from then on, it won’t.
Trudeau was also seen taking selfies and shaking hands with the other people who participated in the parade.
Before the parade, Trudeau graced an outdoor church service in the city’s gay village. He was reportedly singing along to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”.
Journalist and queer activist Andrea Houston who was present at the event said that Trudeau’s attendance was very exciting. She also said: “We still have to remember that Pride is a political march – it’s a protest,” proving the symbolic importance of the Prime Minister’s appearance.
The parade also included a silent moment for the victims of the Orlando shooting which claimed 49 people dead. Some marchers carried huge banners with “Orlando” and “We march for those who can’t.”
While marching, Trudeau told reporters that “we can’t let hate go by”, alluding to the Florida tragedy.
To ensure the safety of the marchers, the Toronto police tightened the security while also maintaining the festive spirit of the parade. They didn’t release an official head count of the participants, but according to reports they had expected a million pariticipants.
Last year, Trudeau also participated in the annual parade representing Canada’s Liberal Party. -CD, Kami Media