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article imagePride Toronto Grand Marshal and Honoured Group Announced

By KJ Mullins     Jun 4, 2010 in Lifestyle
Toronto - Pride Toronto announced that Mandy Goodhandy and Todd Klinck will be this year's Grand Marshals for the 30th annual Pride Parade to be held July 4 in Toronto.
This year's Honoured Group is the Toronto chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).
With this year's theme of "You Belong" Goodhandy said in a press release obtained by Digital Journal that the jury's choice sends a powerful message that "diversity is still one of the strongest characteristics of the LGBTTIQQ2SA community."
Both Klinck and Goodhandy, former sex workers, have worked to promote diversity, educate people and defend the rights of the queer spectrum. They have used their club, "Goodhandy's" as a venue for community events and a place where trans people, gays, lesbians, fetishists, nudists, sex workers, bisexuals and supporters can meet under one roof.
The two met in 1997. Goodhandy was a transsexual sex worker using the internet to network and Klinck was a male sex worker and writer with an interest in computers. They had a common bond, both believing that sex work should be considered legitimate work and that sex workers deserve respect and safe working conditions.
In December 2005 Goodhandy and Klinck joined forces when the Supreme Court redefined “indecency”, which allowed for consensual sexual activities in nightclubs. They opened "Goodyhandy's" that year.
As the Honoured Group in this year's Pride Parade the Toronto chapter of PFLAG Canada provides an opportunity to get their message out says Irene Miller, Vice President of PFLAG Toronto. "Visibility is important to us. We need to be visible so that the people who need to contact us, know how to find us for our support meetings and our 24/7 telephone support line. PFLAG Toronto supports families who absolutely support their LGBTQ family members, and PFLAG offers to be your family when yours is not there for you."
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