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NEWS RELEASE: Toronto Pflag and Mayor Tory join in Pride flag raising for 2015 International Day Against Homophobia

NEWS RELEASE: Toronto Pflag and Mayor Tory join in Pride flag raising for 2015 International Day Against Homophobia
NEWS RELEASE: Toronto Pflag and Mayor Tory join in Pride flag raising for 2015 International Day Against Homophobia
May 15, 2015
NEWS RELEASE: Toronto Pflag and Mayor Tory join in Pride flag raising for 2015 International Day Against Homophobia
Annual rainbow flag-raising event to be held in recognition of LGBTQ* youth


TORONTO, May, 15 2015 – Parents, families, friends and allies of Toronto’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer community are proud to join with Mayor John Tory and other allies today, to proclaim the 2015 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia with this year’s focus on youth.

 Coming together to speak out against all forms of discrimination, Toronto Pflag President, Anne Creighton will also be joined by City Councillor, Kristyn Wong Tam and King from SOY, both strong advocates for equality who will speak about the importance of continuing the push for a city where all Torontonians can live with dignity, and respect.

 “With LGBTQ youth homelessness and suicide rates three to four times the national average, and the sexual education curriculum continuing to influence the public dialogue, this is a crucial time for us to come together and address the challenges impacting our LGBTQ children and youth,” said Toronto Pflag President, Anne Creighton.  “We are very thankful to have an ally in our new Mayor, who has already shown to be a strong advocate for a more inclusive and safer city.”
 
In addition to being the Mayor’s first pride flag-raising for the city, Toronto is also poised to become the first city in Canada to open a dedicated transitional housing facility for LGBTQ homeless youth.
 
I am honoured to join with Toronto Pflag in marking the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory. “The LGBTQ community is a vibrant part of our identity as Torontonians, and as mayor, I am committed to building one Toronto, an inclusive and fair city where no one is left behind. It’s important we eliminate barriers and provide a safe and secure environment for everyone to achieve their full potential.
 
Along with many committed partners, Toronto Pflag is working to elevate the struggles facing LGBTQ youth, and draw greater attention to the specific challenges they face as members of our human family.  In standing together today to stop homophobia, transphobia and biphobia, the ceremony is two days ahead of the officially recognized date, May 17th, which this year falls on a Sunday.
 
Toronto Pflag welcomes everyone who wishes to attend today’s ceremony.  Members of the media are invited to join us at the top of the second level ramp outside of Toronto City Hall, with the flag raising and proclamation beginning at 12 noon sharp, with the entire event lasting approximately 30 minutes.  In addition, we encourage everyone to read the OpEd in today's Toronto Sun called Help all kids to be proud of who they are by Toronto Pflag President, Anne Creighton.  Be a part of the movement to inspire change.

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Media Contact:
Bryn Hendricks
Director of Media and Public Relations
Toronto Pflag
media@torontopflag.org
416-875-2635