Cox at Pride 2009

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TORONTO PRIDE 2009

Toronto Pride that was held this past weekend truly is a testament to how far we as a people have come.  This was my first Pride and in all honesty it was a lot better than what I had imagined.  I must admit though that I do understand why straight guys maybe a bit intimidated by the whole experience, being constantly stared and gawked at can feel slightly uncomfortable.  I guess now we know what girls go through during Caribana . LOL. Nevertheless, for those that came out to support this year’s Pride were in for a great experience.  Never have I been in the presence of such a large group of people that are so friendly and care free.  A sentiment I wish more men would incorporate into their lives rather than living the hypermasculine stereotypes of the past 50 yrs. There is more to Pride than the “sexuality” element of it, it is about community, inclusion, togetherness, family and most of all tolerance.  I can’t begin to tell you the number of families that I saw participating in this year’s Pride, both straight and gay. The part that really got to me was seeing the section of the parade where they had parents supporting their children. That was a touching moment for me as I know far too many cases where my friends have had to struggle with their sexuality in order to balance their private life with that of their family life. Attending this year’s Pride festivities truly was a great experience and I look forward to the next one.  Pride is a true testament to the diversity of our city and I hope that the celebrations only get bigger with each year.

PRIDE PARADE 2009

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COX AT PRIDE 2009

After participating in the parade and doing the whole Church St. thing, there is only one memory that trumped it all…seeing one of our very own Ms. Deborah Cox perform live for the masses at Wellesley Station.  This was truly a magnificent performance.  I loved her music before but after seeing her perform live, the bar just got raised to a new level.  The icing on the cake was when she paid tribute to the late great Mr. Michael Jackson.  Words can not express the sentiment that ran through the thousands of people that were in the crowd.  As they say a picture is worth a thousand words and a video…well here it is Ms. Deborah Cox and Mr. Ashley Ingram:

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To check out more videos of this live concert please click on the link below:

http://www.youtube.com/user/FRESHLYEDUCATEDMEN

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