Councillor Josh Matlow

Fighting Homophobia and Celebrating Pride

As we enter Pride Month, it is more important than ever to remember that homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of hate remain present in our community. Earlier this month, a young man enjoying a spring weekend on the Toronto Islands was left with serious injuries after he was the target of a vicious and homophobic beating. More recently, Peel Police and the Peel District School Board are investigating the burning of a pride flag by a group of high school students. These acts of hate are completely unacceptable and have no place in our city. I will continue to stand with and work with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community in Toronto to ensure that everybody is safe to be themselves, regardless of who they love or how they identify.

The month of June offers us a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and all they have done for our city. I was happy to see the City of Toronto raise both the rainbow and transgender flags at city hall earlier this month. While the COVID-19 pandemic means in-person celebrations are not currently possible, I encourage you to virtually participate in pride this summer. The 2021 festival runs from Tuesday, June 1 to Sunday, June 27, culminating in a virtual Pride Parade that honours Pride’s history, highlights Toronto talent and fosters community. For more information on virtual pride events, please click here. I was also pleased to travel to Oakwood Avenue for the opening of a mural dedicated to the celebration of Queer Black Lives. I encourage you to check it out!

Please feel free to contact my office at if you would like to offer any comments or feedback on your experience as a member of the 2LGBTQIA+ community in Toronto. If you experience or witness a hate crime, please call 416-808-3500 to connect with the Hate Crime Unit. 2LGBTQIA+ youth in need of support can call the LGBT Youth Line at 1-800-268-9688 or Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868.


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