PRIDE NEWS / The international grand marshal is a trans activist from Argentina
Andrea Houston / Toronto / Thursday, May 23, 2013
The announcement from PT came via its Twitter
<https://twitter. com/PrideToronto> account on May 22. Co-chair Sean
Hillier says the Pride parade
<http://www.flickr. com/photos/ xtracanada/ sets/72157630376 711090/> will
be extra long this year, beginning at its usual start point – at
Church and Bloor – and ending at Yonge and Dundas, where a stage and
performers will be waiting to get the party started.
The decision has other benefits, as well, he says. It will likely make
the parade route a lot less crowded.
“We are hoping to alleviate some of the crowds by spreading spectators
out along a longer parade route, so people will have a better
opportunity to actually view the parade and get close to it,” he says.
[Photo: Spectators along the route of the 2012 Pride parade. (Adam Coish) ]
“We also really just want to throw one hell of a party at the end of
the parade at Yonge and Dundas.”
If the new route is successful, Hillier says, this will likely be the
plan for next year when Toronto hosts WorldPride. Organizers are
expecting the parade to grow considerably in 2014, both in
participants and spectators.
“We need to expand our footprint for WorldPride, so this is one
example of how we will do that,” he says.
The lineup of performers for the new Yonge and Dundas stage will be
announced in the next few days, he says.
PT has also announced some of the headlining performers on other
stages. On the main TD-Wellesley Stage will be Mia Martina, Anjulie,
My Name Is Kay, Reverse and the House of Xtravaganza
<http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/ House_of_ Xtravaganza> . “We still have
many artists to announce,” Hillier notes.
[Photo: Pride Toronto has selected human rights defender Marcela
Romera as the international grand marshal for the 2013 Toronto Pride
festival. (Courtesy Pride Toronto) ]
Leading the July 1 parade will be Marcela Romera, the 2013
international grand marshal. Romera, a trans activist from Argentina,
is director of Argentina’s Association of Transvestites, Transsexuals
and Transgender Persons. She hails from Buenos Aires, where she has
worked with human rights activists in Latin America and the Caribbean,
developing strategies to tackle stigma, hate crimes, discrimination
and human rights abuses against trans people.
She has been recognized for her work in advocating for the gender
identity law that was passed in Argentina in May 2012, allowing trans
people to change the sex on their identity cards to reflect their
gender identity without having to undergo sex reassignment surgery.
Romera was named Argentina’s 2009 Woman of the Year
<http://www.dallasvo ice.com/trans- woman-is- argentinas- 2009-woman- of-the-year- 109415.html>
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