TORONTO, April 13 /CNW/ - The Board of Management of The 519 has issued
a statement on City funding of Pride in Toronto. In part, the release
"The City of Toronto has recognized the importance of Pride since it
first declared Gay and Lesbian Day on June 1, 1990. Over the past 20
years, Pride has stood as a symbol that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans
and Queer (LGBTQ) people are part of, and welcome in, the City of
Toronto. We urge Toronto City Council to continue its twenty-one year
recognition of the profound importance and significance of Pride in
As the City of Toronto's LGBTQ Community Centre we fully recognize that
Toronto City Council has the right to determine funding allocations.
City Staff have reported that Pride has not contravened the City's
policies and, in fact, has demonstrated Pride's significant economic
and cultural value. To deny funding that supports the delivery of Pride
each year will not only economically impact the City, but signals that
Toronto's City Council no longer supports Pride in Toronto and the
celebration and recognition of our LGBTQ communities.
The 519 Church Street Community Centre calls on all City Councillors to
recognize the significant importance of funding Toronto's annual Pride
festival and parade, and calls on City Council to approve funding for
Pride in Toronto."
The full statement is available at on The 519's website The519.org.
The 519 Church Street Community Centre was founded in 1975 as a Board of Management of The City of Toronto.
The 519 is a meeting place and focal point for its diverse downtown
communities. Within a supportive environment, it responds to the needs
of the local neighbourhood and the broader LGBT communities by
supplying resources and opportunities to foster self-determination,
civic engagement and community participation.
SOURCE The 519 Church Street Community Centre
For further information:
Manager of Resource Development
mcutler@The519.org | 647.248.2199