This is how people in Canada celebrated Pride Day across the country
Happy Pride Day, Canada! From rainbow flags to virtual concerts to drool-worthy cakes, Canadians across the country banded together to celebrate LGBT2Q+ communities today.
Although the U.S. and other countries celebrated Pride Day earlier this week, many Canadians chose to celebrate on June 28 since it marks the anniversary of the Law on Civil Marriage passing through the House of Commons.
When the bill passed into law just under a month later, Canada became the fourth country in the world to officially recognize same-sex marriage.
What an awesome way to start the day by joining the first-ever TD Virtual Toronto Pride Parade with special performances by our resident TD drag queen @SofondaCox & @JullyBlack! Happy Pride everyone! #ForeverProud🏳️🌈#TDPride365❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 #TDReadyCommitment #PRIDE2020 pic.twitter.com/XiC0IDUoIA— Rupert Hon 🏳️🌈 (@RupertHon) June 28, 2020
The city of Toronto was bathed in bright colours, including a gigantic rainbow flag unfurled in a park, rainbow murals and a festive rainbow decal outside of a local bank branch.
Although our @ChurchWellesley branch team is unable to celebrate Pride in person with all of our amazing customers this year, we want to reassure you that you all remain close to our hearts & look forward to serving you when it is safe to do so! #HappyPride🌈#ForeverProud🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️ pic.twitter.com/crstcLWmxx— Rupert Hon 🏳️🌈 (@RupertHon) June 25, 2020
Canadian residents took to social media to share photos of themselves proudly donning rainbow masks and flags, including Mayor John Tory.
And it wasn't just Ontario that got involved.
Today, Mayor Helps raised the Pride flag outside of City Hall. 🏳️🌈 The City of Victoria is proud to be a welcoming and inclusive community for all people regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. https://t.co/NiTPP2GENl #pride #pride2020 #yyjpride— City of Victoria (@CityOfVictoria) June 26, 2020
And although the sky was overcast, a little bad weather didn't stop this Alberta Queen from celebrating Pride Day.
I get invited to the best stuff!! Happy Pride Day all!🌈🌈🌈 pic.twitter.com/UnGU4wjkcj— Marni Fedeyko (@MFedeyko) June 28, 2020
Even a few figures in the Canadian entertainment industry participated in the day's events.
Beloved Canadian TV series Schitt's Creek wished people across Canada a happy Pride on Twitter, sharing how the television show set out to make a better, more inclusive world.
"I do feel like when someone who has opposing beliefs sits down in front of their TV and watches, we're not teaching them a lesson," co-creator Dan Levy says in the clip. "We're showing them what life could be like."
And Canadian superstar Shania Twain reached out on Saturday to wish the country a happy Pride Day.
Happy #Pride Canada! 🌈💖 It's feeling a little different this year, but there is still reason to celebrate! The LGBTQIA+ community has impacted my life in such a colourful and meaningful way, today I'm celebrating by listening to some of my favourite artists 😘❤️— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) June 27, 2020
While Canadian singer Lights shared a snap of her rainbow-coloured pin to Twitter.
❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 pic.twitter.com/CtEfnXvKlo— Lights (@lights) June 28, 2020
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau similarly wished Canada a happy Pride Day on Saturday, encouraging Canadians to gather online this weekend to celebrate.
"I know we all wish we were marching together today, but I'm so glad we're finding new ways to celebrate because it's so important that we continue to show our support for the LGBT2Q communities," Trudeau said.
Happy Pride! 🏳️🌈 Even though we can’t march together this year, we can still celebrate together online. After all, Pride has always been about more than a parade - it’s about celebrating our differences and supporting one another no matter who we are or whom we love. #GlobalPride pic.twitter.com/nHKW99J0Ff— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 27, 2020
On Sunday, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Theresa Tam also acknowledged Pride Day, saying that she's inspired by the "innovative ways Canadians are showing their pride loudly and vibrantly."
"LGBTQ2+ communities face unique health challenges, including stigmatization, exposure to violence, food insecurity and barriers in access to care," Tam said in a statement.
"In light of Pride, I would like to acknowledge not only the health and social challenges you face, but to commend and celebrate your resilience."
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