Editor's Note: Torontoist Takes on Pride Month
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Editor’s Note: Torontoist Takes on Pride Month

June is Pride Month, so we're doing something special.

Photo by kaeko from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

Photo by kaeko from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

Pride Toronto is making history this year. For the first time ever, the institution responsible for the city’s annual Pride festivities is celebrating Toronto’s LGBTQ community for an entire month. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, and Mayor John Tory will also get in on the action—another first for the city. And leading the celebration are a diverse crew of folks, including the activists behind Black Lives Matter, trans artist Vivek Shraya, and youth ambassador Jordyn Samuels.

Torontoist, too, wants to make some history of our own. That’s why we’re striving to publish a story about an LGBTQ issue or success every day throughout the month of June.

For the past few years, we’ve been dedicated to providing Pride coverage that other local outlets have overlooked. Our annual series, “Pride in Their Own Words,” gives voice to the Torontonians who felt their experiences weren’t well encapsulated by the corporate parties that take place every summer. We’ve looked into the LGBTQ community’s past with our award-winning history journalism. And we’ve hit up all of the familiar Pride staples—from the main parade to the community marches.

This year, we’re going even deeper. Our team is digging into the ways Pride is celebrated outside of the Village, by those who aren’t always represented by the festival’s mainstays. We’re looking at what it means to be LGBTQ in 2016 in Toronto: what it’s like to celebrate in the suburbs, to be outside of the majority at Pride, to identify with a label that the mainstream doesn’t understand—just to name a few themes.

As always, our coverage is driven by the stories of those in the city. We hope to celebrate LGBTQ successes, highlight overlooked issues, and hold institutions to account. Most of all, we hope to shed light on and represent of one of the most engaging and valuable communities in Toronto.

If you enjoy our Pride coverage and want more of it, please support Torontoist by joining our Patreon campaign. Every dollar counts and helps fund the quality LGBTQ content you love.

Happy Pride. Now, let’s make some history.

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