Toronto Pride Parade to kick off amid tensions between LGBTQ community, police

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The city held its first Gay Pride Week march that same year.

In a statement sent as New York's annual Gay Pride Parade was being celebrated Sunday, Johnson, 36, said he thinks Cuomo is the better candidate for the LGBTQ community, despite the fact the candidate running against him, Cynthia Nixon, is a lesbian. The events that followed gave birth to the LGBTQ+ rights movement.

"It's very touching", she said. They also spoke out against policies aimed at other communities, like immigrants and minorities.

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People take part in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex Pride parade (LGBTI) in Lisbon on June 16, 2018.

The theme of this year's parade was "Defiantly Different", a message inspired in reaction to President Donald Trump's treatment of the LGBTQ community, organizers said.

This is the second consecutive year uniformed officers have been excluded from marching in the parade, but police are on hand as the streets are flooded with hordes of spectators. "I am wearing this because of what is happening with the police and what has come to light with the Bruce McArthur charges".

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"Part of the reason so many people come, because in their daily lives they don't get to have visibility and a platform this parade provides and they are able to see others in the community just like them", said Olivia Nuamah, the Executive Director of Pride.

Several union leaders and politicians, including Toronto Mayor John Tory, provincial NDP Leader Andrew Horwath and departing Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne attended the event.

"We still have a lot of work do to make sure these things don't happen". Eighty floats and tens of thousands of marchers were expected.

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Then, with a nod to the recent tensions and the drizzling rain that had fallen on the event repeatedly, he added, "We won't let it rain on our parade or our community".