To celebrate Pride in Toronto, we reached out to drivers to see if they wanted to share stories about what Pride means to them. Read below to learn more about these passionate drivers and how Toronto and the Pride community has impacted their lives.
“I was never able to celebrate Pride or even hold this flag in the streets where I grew up. If a city or country can provide Pride parade, it’s a safe place for everybody. And I am happy that I am finally here in Toronto. I came to Canada from Russia less than a year ago. One of the biggest surprises for me was that my husband and I could open a joint account here! This will be my first time celebrating Pride in Toronto. We are very excited to celebrate together.”
“It’s always great when people celebrate life—and live! I think everyone has a right to be happy. Pride, to me, is not just a celebration. It’s an awareness that should be a natural and an everyday norm. I love meeting different people while I drive. Everyone has a different story but we are all the same. It is important to respect people. It starts with the individual—just be nice to everyone. When everyone is open and nice, the world is a better place.”
“Pride to me means accepting who you are and being proud of what you stand for, regardless of what you believe or think. Nobody should be able to make you feel ashamed of who you are and what you stand for. To me, Pride is saying to the world—this is who I am and I am proud of who I am.”
“Pride means loving someone even if the world doesn’t want you to. I have a bit of advice on love. When you meet someone special, always be sensitive to their feelings. When they give you a part of their soul, keep it sacred. In other words, never take them for granted. You learn how they view respect. See it from their perspective. When their flaws make you smile, again, don’t take them for granted. Keep oneself healthy to be able to be in a better loving relationship. You would also want to know their needs at all times and give them support in every aspect.”
“To me, Pride is a beautiful moment and means happiness.”