Pride Before Pride (Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives)

In June 2017, Pride Toronto held its second annual “Pride Month.” More than 2.1 million people attended programming that spanned 25 days. Today, there are 45 sponsors listed on Pride Toronto’s Pride 2018 page, and it seems like the third annual instalment of Pride month in Toronto will be bigger than ever. Pride however has its roots, as we all know, in much humbler beginnings. To celebrate Pride month, we wanted to take a look at the very first Pride in Toronto: when was it? What was it? The answer involves the entire community, and is therefore not as simple as it may seem. However, the CLGA has a full collection of archival artifacts, vertical files, video and photography documenting the various events that comprise the very first iterations of Pride in Toronto.

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