An estimated ONE MILLION people attended the annual pride parade in downtown Toronto on Sunday making it the largest Pride Celebration in North America
Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke marched in memory of his son, Brendan, who died in a car crash earlier this year. Before he died, Brendan made headlines for coming out and fighting for tolerance in professional sports. Marilyn Byers was marching to support her gay son.
“Some people say, ‘Why do you need this?’” Byers said. “We don’t need it but we want it because it’s a celebration of who we are, both gay, straight, everybody is here.”
Canada became the third country legalizing same-sex marriage in 2006 and six couples got married in front of the crowds on their float thanks to mancrunch.com — a same-sex online dating service that helps people find their perfect match.
Georgi Georgi and Brenda Lehman could barely contain their excitement as they waited in line to wed.
“I’m on top of the world,” Georgi said, before her bride to be called it a, “dream come true.”
Toronto’s Pride festivities have grown since their beginnings as a 1981 street demonstration opposing police raids of bathhouses, with wider community acceptance growing as well.
Sunday’s parade followed Saturday’s Dyke March, which was capped off with an evening performance at Queen’s Park by eighties pop singer Cyndi Lauper.
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