Hundreds rallied to support Toronto's LGBTQ community today (PHOTOS)

Sep 28 2019, 3:03 pm

A rally promoting unity and acceptance was held at Barbara Hall Park today in response to an evangelical Christian group’s march through the city’s gay village.

The Christian Positive Space said it organized the Freedom Rally for the “civil rights of Christians.”

#UniteForLove rally was organized as a counter-protest by councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, the 519 community Centre, and other community groups including progressive faith leaders in order to “resist hate.”

According to organizers, purpose of the rally was to unite against “rise in the radical conservative right promoting hate, bigotry and violence.”

Mayor John Tory also attended the rally to show his support for the city’s LGBTQ community.

 

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“The City of Toronto prides itself on being a safe and inclusive city for all. I stand with the LGBTQ2S communities in Toronto and understand their concerns, along with their allies, ahead of this weekend’s march which I believe to be an unnecessary provocation,” Tory said in a statement on Friday.

According to Wong-Tam, “hundreds” of people turned out for the #UniteForLove rally.

“It was powerful to hear from faith leaders speaking in support of #LGBTQ2S rights. They recognized historical harm inflicted by the church and offered apologies. When we come together, love always wins,” she said.