Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Pride with Youthline - 2010

Pride was fantastic this year!
I danced through the parade on the Youthline between 2 giant cardboard printouts that read:
"There are NO emergency shelters for LGBT youth in Canada"
"1/3 of homeless youth are LGBT"

I am so thankful that Youthline helped raise awareness to the growing issue of LGBTQ youth homelessness and the lack of support available here in Toronto.
It was a wonderful experience to finally spread this message at such an important event. I can only hope that amongst the crowds of thousands of people squirting water guns and dancing to music....that this message was heard. I can only hope that someone focused their camera lens onto the words and walked away thinking about this. Because here in this beautiful city of Toronto...25-40% of the homeless youth population are LGBTQ and we still don't have a specialized emergency shelter - shame.