Pride Toronto has worked to increase involvement with young people during the week long celebration. Pride Week is often a place where young people feel relaxed about their sexuality and be able to connect to others.
On Saturday at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Alexander Parkette SOY presented Fruit Loopz. Inside the theatre was an art exhibit while the outside stage featured poets, dancers, musicians and more.
The area wasn't just about the entertainment. Members of the Stars Project had a mural up that allowed everyone to express who they are and what is needed for the youth queer community. It was a chance to express who they are even if someone in the past has told them that because they are different it is wrong.
Speaking to the members of the project it's easy to see that there is still much to be done for young people who are coming out. For far too many of our young people telling their families about their sexual orientation can mean being kicked out onto the street or told to hide their personal identity from the rest of their families. Toronto is one of the most open cities in the world for the queer community but young people are still facing barriers. Schools are making strides but bullies, both in the student population and in the staff, can make obtaining an education a dangerous adventure.