When I visit the downtown Toronto area, I feel a sense of urban vibrancy and diversity. Seeing many different people encompassed in the downtown fabric really makes me feel a sense ofbelonging and pride in the diversification of Canadian cities as well as the welcoming urban landscapes.
This August I participated in Montreal’s Pride Week - mainly the parade. The parade embodied and brought together people of all ages and backgrounds celebrating the diversity that makes up Canada and more importantly the acceptance and celebration of the LGBTQ community in Montreal. The display of rainbows covering all of downtown reminded me why I love to visit Montreal every year!
Through meeting individuals of all sorts of backgrounds who have varying interests and passions and through attending events like Toronto Pride and witnessing the tremendous support for the LGBTQ+ community, I finally learned how to love myself. I owe it to the inclusive nature fostered through Downtown Toronto that I can live my life without being in a constant state of self-resentment and anxiety.