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What Pride Means To Us: WorldPride 2014 Toronto

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WorldPride 2014 is coming to Toronto THIS summer. June 20-29, 2014. And we can't wait! This international ten-day celebration of global LGBTTIQQ2SA communities will be the first WorldPride ever held in North America, and the fourth such festival in the world.

To prepare for this one-of-a-kind event, we asked trailblazers like Kyle Rae and Laverne Cox -- plus the Pride Toronto staff and volunteers on the ground -- what WorldPride means to them. Listen to their stories and find out for yourself why Torontonians are so proud to be hosting WP14TO this June.

This is what WorldPride means to us. What does WorldPride mean to you?

A video production by Crucial Pictures. Images courtesy of Edie Windsor and Getty Images.

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The word Pride implies the basis for human

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When I think about Pride, I think a celebration. It's honouring every single aspect of who we are.

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In my mind, when I see the streets awashed with people and they're smiling and they're happy and they're from

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every background and every socioeconomic status,
it does make me think about where the movement started,

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and the people before us. Like, Gilbert
Baker, Cleve Jones, and of course Edie Windsor,

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that contributed a lot to the advancement
of the cause.

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Thea had been given six months to live, and her dying wish was to get married in Toronto.

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Toronto has had a very special place in history in providing a safe place for people to be able to live their dream.

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Canada recognized same-sex marriages thirteen years before the rest of North America,

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so when they invited us to get married there,
it was like, not a surprise for them.

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They were like, "Yeah come get married in our country. We love you!"

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It's a pretty important time to reflect on where we've come from. To celebrate, you know, the victories that we have achieved.

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But where the struggles still are as well. In
Iran, or in Kenya, Uganda, and Russia,

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there are still some places where there are lives often being in danger simply for being who we are.

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We need to be able to move the equality agenda into those countries, cause it's our fight too.

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I think it's important that WorldPride
is in Toronto because Toronto's a fantastic city.

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It's one of the most accepting places
that I have ever been. You can just kind of

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be whomever you want to be. But don't be fooled - there is a sassy side to Toronto too.

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I will see you at WorldPride in Toronto this
year. It's going to be an amazing fun celebration,

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and it's only going to happen for the first
time once. You oughtta be here to see it yourself.

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Come and join us. Come to be proud.

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Toronto celebrates diversity and love of all kinds. We are a city with one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world and we are so very proud to be playing host to WORLDPRIDE in 2014. But you can be whoever you want to be in Toronto, every day. We love that about our city And welcome others that love it to.

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