The world arrives for Pride
Toronto's Pride Parade is already a giant event. Wait till the world comes to join us on June 29. What is already an unbelievable celebration of diversity gets even bigger this year when Toronto hosts marchers from around the globe.
Glen Rhodes Church has been active at Pride for many years. At first there was a United Church contingent walking in the parade. Members of the congregation carried a banner. Then there a float. Members of the congregation raised money to rent the truck, helped build the scenery and decorate. Then they walked or rode in the parade on the big day.
June 21 Interfaith Fair
This year things get even more exuberant. At the start of Pride Week, the United Church is actively involved in the Interfaith Pride Fair, an all-afternoon and evening blow out held on the grounds of Metropolitan United Church (at the corner of Queen and Church, just east of St. Micheal's Hospital).
There be speakers, choirs, performers, a multi-faith youth music event, and much more. It starts at 3 and goes into the late evening. Here's the link: http://uccworldpride.com.
Volunteering at the FairSee the Help Wanted page of our site.
Why it matters
Every year marchers come from other countries. Many of their stories are shocking and often terrifying. Canadians, especially those living in larger centres, have gotten fairly used to diversity. When a lesbian ran for Premier of Ontario recently (and won), for example, her orientation wasn't even an item of discussion in the campaign. Not so elsewhere. Life is very harsh for people of a minority orientation in many, many nations of the world. And as we know, for many Canadians, too.We'll keep marching till the world is safe for everyone, then we'll keep marching to celebration our differences.
posted by: Robin Wardlaw