Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday became the first sitting Canadian Prime Minister to march in the Toronto Pride Parade, the Canadian Press reports:
Trudeau drew loud cheers from the crowds of people watching the parade. Other notable politicians taking part include Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory.
Before the parade, Trudeau attended an outdoor church service in the heart of the city’s gay village where he sang along to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.”
The parade wraps up a month of Pride festivities in Toronto, which saw entertainment heavyweights like George Takei and Lindsay Lohan participate.
— Rachel West (@rachel_is_here) July 3, 2016
Trudeau marched beside a gay Syrian refugee:
Standing 5-foot-1, it was easy for the 29-year-old Syrian refugee to work his way to the front of the group and next to the leader of his new country — a spot he didn’t surrender for the entire parade route.
“Not in my wildest dreams would I ever have thought about having a day like this, marching next to the prime minister or marching in a Pride,” he said.
He arrived in Toronto May 26, almost three years after he left the home he’d shared with his mother in Damascus, Syria, and just days before Toronto Mayor John Tory proclaimed Pride Month at City Hall.
Watch him march:
— Pride Toronto (@PrideToronto) July 3, 2016