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Marginalized to Mainstream – PM marching with Pride

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A terrible horrible thing happened in Orlando this summer. That 50 people lost their lives and many others were injured in a shooting at a gay nightclub is beyond a tragedy. However the outrage and condemnation of the attack was a small sliver of shinning light in a very dark moment.

As I walked through the heart of Toronto’s financial district in June, everywhere were signs of support for pride month. The aftermath of Orlando brought an enhanced push to the usual preparations for pride.

2016-06-23 Happy Pride Month 2016-06-23 Inclusion makes us stronger

Bankers, insurers and pride – oh my!

2016-06-23 Sunlife Pride

It was no surprise then that the Toronto pride march had Canada’s Prime Minister, Ontario’s Premier and Toronto’s Mayor all marching.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau waves a flag as he takes part in the annual Pride Parade in Toronto on Sunday, July 3, 2016. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau waves a flag as he takes part in the annual Pride Parade in Toronto on Sunday, July 3, 2016. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

One day, I hope, my adopted country India will reach the stage where those marginalized today simply for loving someone who happens to be the same gender will be be completely embraced by the mainstream.

Trudeau has given a wee wake up call to PMs around the world…

“It shouldn’t be a big thing that the PM is in a pride parade.”

CNN on Trudeau at Toronto’s Pride

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4 Comments

  1. I love our PM!
    Alison

    • He’s like a ‘rock star!’ 🙂 It seems practically everyone I know in Canada has met him and quite a few have more in-depth interactions, spending days ferrying him around pre-PM time and more. His accessibility and contemporary approach clearly is winning fans around the world. 🙂

  2. Great pictures and post. I appreciate your thought that someday India will reach the same level of understanding, but I seriously doubt that will happen in our lifetime.

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