As Toronto comes together to celebrate World Pride, James Leahy and Spacing have offered a glimpse of what Toronto before the City recognized Pride – when many officials were actively opposed to it. You can read James Leahy’s comments on the video and on Toronto in 1989 at spacing.ca.
Today, Pride Toronto is one of eleven groups or events recognized by the City as Major Culture Organizations, who receive funding that is separate from the arts grants provided through the Toronto Arts Council. The Majors “are recognized as unique cultural ambassadors and infrastructure for Toronto,” and include some of the largest arts organizations in the city. You can read more about the Majors, and which organizations are included on that list, at toronto.ca.