The Operation Soap bathhouse raids, which took place 40 years ago in 1981, generated a string of protests against queer oppression. Later in the year, “Lesbian and Gay Pride Day Toronto”, now Pride Toronto, was legally incorporated and an estimated 1,500 people celebrated Pride Day on Sunday, June 28th, 1981 at Grange Park. Near the end of a politically charged year, the day was billed as a time to relax and celebrate. This year, as we celebrate the progress our community has been able to make, Pride Toronto will also focus on the activism surrounding the Pride movement as our community collaborates together and works in unity against oppression.

In alignment with the City of Toronto’s recent statement, there will not be a street event happening for 2021, however the City will once again proclaim June as Pride Month with the annual Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall. This will  launch a full month of digital programming by Pride Toronto, showcasing the heroes of Toronto’s 2SLGBTQ+ communities and prioritizing community-driven events.

Highlighting Pride Toronto’s 40th anniversary and collaborating with key community members, and individuals who were there at the beginning, the organization is planning a number of new events where people can make safe connections with one another. Join for weekly fun and educational IGTV series, interactive online activities, various panel discussions, and exclusive access in the studio with local party collectives.

There will be two Festival Weekends, June 18-19-20 and 25-26-27, both filled with community collaborated programming! Pride 2021 is by you, and for you –  and if you’re interested in joining one of the community planning committees, you can email

Virtual Pride Parade – June 27, 2021 // 2PM

The Virtual Pride Parade will stay true to our political roots and reflect our community. Honouring our courageous past, celebrating how far we have come, and remaining vigilant to the ongoing needs of our community. Click here for updates and information on how to participate.

Virtual StreetFair –  Launching Online // June 2021 

Pride Toronto has always been honoured and grateful to call the Church-Wellesley Village home. This year, to continue keeping everyone safe, the organization is excited to announce the future launch of the first-ever Virtual StreetFair. Explore the Vendor Portal and get excited for an interactive, and expanded curated list of local  2SLGBTQ+ vendors, community services, and businesses. For information on how to participate email

Physical-based Initiatives and Public Health

Throughout June, Pride Toronto is hopeful to also feature a series of physical-based initiatives to bring digital programming to community members in safe and accessible ways. Additional physical-based programming could include art installations or exhibitions, community pop-ups, and other collaborations with small venues. Complete programming details will be announced on May 3, 2021. 

Stay Safe, Stay Proud. Happy Pride!

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Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist with a focus on travel, lifestyle, entertainment and hospitality. He has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He enjoys discovering delicious eats, tasting spirited treats, and being mesmerized by musical beats.