NOW AVAILABLE: "20/20: Setting Our Sights," Lesbian and Gay Pride Day, Toronto, 1989: vimeo.com/98341167
JUST ADDED: Sheila Gostick performs at Toronto's Pride Day, 1988: vimeo.com/97889450
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Videography (1988) and editing (2013) by James Leahy.

This is a personal video record of the 1988 Pride festivities in Toronto. This festival marked the inauguration of the temporary AIDS memorial in Cawthra Park. It was also one of the last non-corporate Pride festivals. The parade got its first grand marshalls that year: Svend Robinson, Canada's first openly gay MP, and Karen Andrews, who had recently won a court victory for same-sex benefits. However, Toronto's mayor at the time, Art Eggleton, once again refused to give Pride an official proclamation.

The theme of 1988's Pride Day was "Vive la difference." I hope you will recognize some faces here. Perhaps you will even see yourself. If you are too young to remember this day, I hope you will see how things have changed since then and yet how we are all part of a continuum: today's old-timers once looked like you, even though the fashions have changed!

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