The 519 issues statement on City of Toronto funding for Pride in Toronto

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 reads:

"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 Toronto.

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

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

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