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Happy Pride, everybody! But mostly Justin Trudeau, who marched in Toronto's Pride Parade today and stole the show.

He will be joined by other dignitaries including Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Mayor John Tory and Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde, who will be taking part for the first time. "We are here for Pride, but not like this", the statement read in part.

Chicago showed its pride at the 48th Annual Pride Parade Sunday afternoon, as groups from across the city (including some of Chicago's Very Own) marched across the North Side.

Rogers said she has some concerns in the current political climate.

"It's all about how we celebrate the multiple layers of identities that make Canada extraordinary and strong."

"The march was fantastic, it was everything we hoped it would be", the group said in an email.

One of Trudeau's major public appearances during his first year in office was to lead Pride March celebrations across the country during the 2016 Canadian summer.

However, she said Stonewall Columbus prepared for unexpected protests and asked police to de-escalate. "I saw black faces pushed in asphalt and police on top of them", said Gum.

But it wasn't just LGBT diversity the leader was celebrating. Trudeau had previously pointed to them at an event to mark the end of Ramadan.

Also on Saturday, it was reported that Turkish authorities had banned Istanbul's LGBT Pride parade for the second year in a row, citing "safety concerns".

Thompson visited the quilt before heading to the Pride celebration, and says it's a stark reminder of the struggles of the LGBTQ community from the recent past.

But for almost 15 minutes, the coalition - filled with members of the Black Transgender Gender Non-Conforming Collective, Black Lives Matter Chicago, Jewish Voice for Peace, Assata's Daughters and Pilsen Alliance - chanted explicative-laced insults toward police officers and Donald Trump and denounced LGBTQ organizations they said overlook marginalized people within the community.

"So, your first time here? Yes".

Activists in Seattle halted the parade by blocking the road in honor of Charleena Lyle, a 30-year-old woman whom police said they shot and killed because she refused commands to drop a knife.

"I think each year there has been more attention, more events going on, that has brought more attention as to why this should be an important thing", said Megan Straza.

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