Last Sunday, I stood for two hours watching and photographing the Pride Parade. I saw groups of Thais, Africans, Latinos, Filipinos, South Asians, Jews, and Muslims. Some were in national dress that identified their country of origin. The Two-spirited First Nations people were there too. They have always been considered gifted because they carry both the male and the female spirit. They were especially interesting.
I find it fascinating that our LGBTQ community encompasses many cultures. It was my fourth such annual parade and I think the number of these national and religious groups has been growing over the years. Canada is a haven for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from many countries. It’s where they can express their innate sexuality without fear.
I liked the multiracial aspects of the parade too. Many of the groups supporting the parade like the Ontario Nurses Association and Toronto Public Library were composed of a variety of the races that make up our city. Not all the people in the parade were LGBTQ. Many taking part were supporters.
Of course, I am fascinated by the sensual, sexual aspect of the parade too. But the public nudism which was also in the parade indicated a lack of respect for oneself and others. That was sad.
I felt that many of the million-plus people watching the parade were there as voyeurs. I suspect most were not LGBTQ. I wondered if they would ever invite a LGBTQ person home for dinner? Will they be showing their many parade pictures to their friends and giggling?
Here are some of my pictures. Thanks to Emmanuel Gallant for the use of his Jewish image. Ruth.