Finding Aging, Intergenerationality, and Activism at Pride Toronto

July 4, 2016

Amelie Raoufi and her son Lohan, 1.5 years, at the annual Dyke March as part of Toronto Pride celebrations in Toronto, Ont. on Saturday July 2, 2016. Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network

 

This past weekend was Pride Toronto! A flurry of rainbows and raucousness, some highlights of Pride included having the parade opened by an Elder, many generations of marchers, and activism from queer and trans folks of colour. 

 

Black Lives Matter - Toronto activists successfully halted the parade to bring forward a list of demands for Pride Toronto organizers. The peaceful protest served as a great reminder that Pride is and has always been political. Read more here

 

This wonderful piece below features snapshot stories from folks across generations who have attended the Dyke March over the past number of years. Read it here: 

http://torontoist.com/2016/06/why-these-torontonians-attend-the-dyke-march/

 

While it is disappointingly difficult to find representation of older folks at these pride events, it was great to see a van full of residents of the Fudger long-term care facility and Sharon & Bram with a group from the Toronto library:


All of these stories are a reminder of who is in/visible in LGBTQ activism and communities! 

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