Celebration, defiance mix at New York City gay pride parade

For the second consecutive year uniformed Toronto police will not be permitted to march in the Pride parade

For the second consecutive year uniformed Toronto police will not be permitted to march in the Pride parade

William Whatcott, 51, was arrested in Calgary on Friday - two days before this year's Pride parade in Toronto.

Sunday's 49th Chicago Pride Parade was held as a highlight of Pride Month, a time dedicated to the LGBTQ community.

"We are reminded today of a bad tragedy that befelled this community and really the entire city and the whole country with the loss of the men". "We're making a statement that we're here, everybody". Olivia Nadler, a CT resident attending her third parade, said "people that are oppressed are not going to go away, they're not going to be quiet, they're not going to be ignored". Pride activities this year have centred on improving health and wellness, as well as the community's vulnerability in the face of many challenges.

He said while the human rights aspect is always at the forefront of the fight for the LGBT community, this event is a celebration of what LGBT represents.

"Whether it's immigrants, whether it's queer people or people of color, we're not going to put up with what this administration is doing", said Diego Molano, of Queens, at his second pride parade.

During an interview on Sunday, Toronto Mayor John Tory said that he'd "like to think that the full roster of those of us in public could be here".

"Love is love, it truly is, but there is so much more that needs to be done..."

More than 120 groups will march along the downtown route in this year's parade - but uniformed officers won't be among them.

Outgoing and openly gay Premier Kathleen Wynne had a message for Ford.

Politicians like Gov. Andrew Cuomo also joined the massive celebration for the LGBTQ community.

Tensions involving the parade and police are not new.

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