Media Advisory - Giant rainbow flag to descend upon Toronto's Church and Wellesley Village

    The 519 to kick off its annual Pride festivities by unfurling a giant
    flag over its building

    TORONTO, June 22 /CNW/ - In its annual demonstration of Pride, The 519
Church Street Community Centre will unfurl a giant rainbow flag over the face
of its century-old building. The unfurling will occur today at Noon.
    "Pride is a great opportunity to celebrate the diverse communities which
meet at The 519," says Maura Lawless, Executive Director of The 519. "Our
community centre has always played a central role in community celebration and
activism. In our building, so many advocates and activists began the process
of change and have worked tirelessly to achieve legal rights and equality in
marriage and the workplace, fought AIDS discrimination, and stood up proudly
against the bathhouse raids."
    The rainbow flag is a universal symbol of the queer and trans communities
and was created by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978.
    The 519's pride schedule includes a Queer Family Fun Day and Trans
Theatre Under the Stars on Tuesday, the 25th Anniversary AIDS Candlelight
Vigil on Thursday and a weekend of live performances by local and
international artists all weekend long in the Green Space on Church.

For further information:

For further information: Eric Berndt, Tel: (416) 355-6777, E-Mail:

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