Chairman of the Pride Network David Morris led an hour-long series of guest speakers starting with Deputy Legislative Speaker Soo Wong, followed by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, who is Canada's first openly gay parliament member of such a high position.
The Ontario PC Party had a group of MP's from various ridings speak, followed by Ontario NDP councillors.
Talks wrapped with Alica Hall of Pride Toronto sharing a light outline of what the city could expect over the next 33 days of celebrations. Guests included activists Cheri Dinovo & Brent Hawkes.
Both guests have been actively fighting for gay rights in Toronto since the time of the infamous Bathhouse Raids in February 1981, an event most people attribute to motivating our Toronto Pride events as people know them today.
The Bathhouse Raids triggered a massive community mobilization of more than 3000 people, resulting in the Pride Events now taking place annually here and in various cities across the world.
A number of notable politicians and community members are expected to participate in this year's parade, including “The Hair,” or more commonly known as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Society has come a long way in accepting, and endorsing the gay community and their rights.
The roller-coaster history of Pride in Toronto can be seen here.