Justin Trudeau (centre) | Rick Madonick/Toronto Star | 16260ga
Justin Trudeau became the first Canadian prime minister to march in a Pride parade. The event was stopped for about half an hour by a brief sit-in by the Black Lives Matter coalition.
“It’s a good first step but I hope that he doesn’t just stop at Pride, we’re still dying,” said Francesco Caruso, who visited Toronto from Ottawa to attend.
Youth homelessness, the Red Cross’s ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men and violence against the LGBTQ community are problems that need to end, he said.
This year’s jubilee was dedicated to the 49 victims of the Orlando mass shooting.
The parade paused for a moment of silence at 3 p.m. Soon after, Black Lives Matter protestors staged a sit in, grinding the parade to a halt until they could speak with Toronto Pride officials. They wanted an agreement that Police would not march in next years Parade.