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World Pride 2014
Toronto Canada

World Pride 2014

WorldPride, organised by InterPride, is an event that promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT pride) issues on an international level through parades, festivals and other cultural activities. From 2014, the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the event will be held on a five-year cycle.

Pride Toronto, in partnership with Tourism Toronto, submitted a bid to host WorldPride 2014 in Toronto from June 20 to June 29, 2014 for the first time in North America. WorldPride 2014 in Toronto will include: an opening ceremony; an international human rights conference; a variety of networking and social events including Canada Day and Independence Day (United States) celebrations and an exhibition commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

Pride Toronto officials said that Pride Week draws an estimated one million people to Toronto and contributes about $136 million to the city's economy, and state that they expect WorldPride to be about five times bigger.

Previous WorldPride Events:

WorldPride London 2012

Londons' World Pride event was significantly "scaled back" at an emergency all agencies meeting on the 27th June 2012, 9 days before the Pride Event was due to take place and after the festival fortnight had started. Pride London organisers had failed to secure the monies necessary for contractors of key areas of the work, and they announced that all activites were being cut or cancelled. The entertainment and Stages in the "Golden Mile" were all cut. The only thing that remained was a Pride Walk (without floats or vehicles), and a scaled back rally in Trafalgar square.

WorldPride Jerusalem 2006

The first attempt to hold WorldPride in Jerusalem was in 2005, however it was postponed until 2006 because of tensions surrounding Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. Officially titled, "Love Without Borders," as a nod to the many barriers within Israel, and for gays and lesbians in other ways, World Pride was a key project of Jerusalem's Open House, the city's gay community centre. As WorldPride started in 2006, the main parade was scheduled for the August 6 but received harsh objection from Israeli religious circles from the offset. However, due to the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict, Jerusalem's government cancelled the march, saying there were not enough soldiers to protect marchers. A week of events did take place as scheduled and included five conferences, a film festival, exhibitions, and literary and political events. The parade itself was cancelled.

WorldPride Rome 2000

Bowing to ferocious opposition from the Vatican and conservative politicians, Rome's leftist mayor, Francesco Rutelli, on May 30, 2000 withdrew logistical and monetary support. Hours after his announcement, Rutelli mostly reversed himself in response to harsh criticism. He restored the funding and promised to help with permits, but declined to back down on a demand that organizers remove the city logo from promotional materials. The event was staunchly opposed by Pope John Paul II and seen as an infringement on the numerous Catholic Pilgrims visiting Rome for the Catholic Church's Great Jubilee. Pope John Paul II addressed crowds in St. Peter's Square during WorldPride 2000 stating, in regards to the event, that it was an "offense to the Christian values of a city that is so dear to the hearts of Catholics across the world."

The organisers claimed 250,000 people joined in the march to the Colosseum and the Circus Maximus, two of Rome's most famous ancient sites. It was one of the biggest crowds to gather in Rome for decades. Among the scheduled events were conferences, a fashion show, a large parade, a leather dance, and a concert featuring Gloria Gaynor, The Village People, RuPaul and Geri Halliwell.


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