By INTREPID WRITER/ARTIST ANTHONY BRUM
and ARTIST/PHOTOGRAPHER ASHA COLLINS
As Toronto Pride 2018 has come to an end, and we all slowly come down from the hype and excitement that it brings to the Southern Ontario; we have an opportunity to reflect and think about what Pride means to our communities, and how it shapes our personal thoughts and experiences…
This year’s theme – 35 years of AIDS Activism – was a powerful one. We were challenged to think about, and celebrate, the progress achieved since the mid-1980s. This progress would not have been achieved without the commitment and resilience of our communities. The theme also reminds us to remember the stories of our personal and collective loss and that our commitment and resilience can be a hopeful beacon for those who are still struggling.
Pride Toronto Executive Director, Olivia Nuamah powerfully evoked resilience as a critical characteristic of our community when she said: “Pride Toronto honors those that continue to fight for the rights and freedoms of all of the LGBTQ+ community. We do this by reflecting on the achievements of the past, honouring those that we have lost, and celebrating the future of our growing and diverse community.”
Our communities are strengthened by learning about the stories of others and acknowledging the shared experience we have. Pride means different things to different people, and we hope that this visual snap shot of Toronto Pride 2018 will help you in the celebration of your PRIDE! And the CLGA invites you to explore the stories of past Pride Events, which represent a colourful part of our permanent collection.
The resilience of our communities is strengthened by learning about the stories of others and acknowledging the shared experience we have in common. Pride means different things to different people, but we hope that this little glimpse into Toronto Pride 2018 from our point of view helps in the celebration of your PRIDE!