"Today we are your spectacle...", read one side of a large poster at yesterday's Pride Parade in Toronto, "Tomorrow, we return to homelessness, poverty, mental health issues, discrimination and VIOLENCE!"
Rainbow flags were ubiquitous, as were rainbow-themed costumes, which ranged from cute to outlandish and garish to, well, not my taste!
I'd never watched an entire Pride parade from start to finish before (to be honest, it wasn't until fairly recently that I truly understood its purpose, other than entertainment and shock value). But today we stayed... well, for most of it anyway! The usual 3 or so hour parade went over 4.5 hours (we actually had to leave to relieve our babysitter at some point, so did not actually get to see the end of it, lol!)
Some of my favourite moments of the parade included the CAP group (yes, there are gay pilots!!!), a costume with a giant CN Tower hat, and the political party floats, especially the Provincial Liberals (Kathleen WALKED with the people!!!)
And PEI Pride was also there... small but mighty (okay, well, they had to borrow someone from Halifax to help hold up their banner -- cuuuute!!!)
The more we can see the correlation, the better we can understand the true nature of unearned privilege and subsequently, the often resulting oppression of various people groups. And as we understand it more, so we will hopefully come together as a global family to dismantle inequity and build instead a more peaceful and inclusive world. Not in our dreams, somewhere over the rainbow, but really and truly and in real life.
In Toronto yesterday afternoon, such a world has already begun to blossom.