Justin Trudeau Celebrates Pride In Toronto, But That's Not All

"Today we celebrate with the entire LGBTQ community."

Among the millions of people who celebrated Pride around the world this past weekend was Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The world leader, who has long been a vocal advocate of LGBTQ rights, took part in Toronto's Gay Pride Parade on June 25, and shared several photos of his experience. According to The Toronto Star, Trudeau was joined by his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, and the couple's two eldest children, Xavier and Ella-Grace. 

"This is all about including people," he reportedly told the media just before the parade began. "It's all about how we celebrate the multiple layers of identities that make Canada extraordinary and strong, and today we celebrate with the entire LGBTQ community."

In the photos he shared on Instagram, Trudeau can be seen marching with the crowd and engaging with spectators. The 45-year-old father of three also sported a rainbow maple leaf on his cheek.

The Washington Post reports that this is the second time a Canadian leader has marched in the country's largest LGBT event. Trudeau also marched in the parade last year, making him the first sitting prime minister to do so.

Trudeau's official photographer, Adam Scotti, was also on hand to capture the prime minister's participation in Toronto Pride. Scotti shared his own favorite snapshot of the day — a photo of the PM high-fiving a little girl dressed as Wonder Woman.

As eagle-eyed commenters pointed out, Trudeau was also celebrating another holiday on June 25. His multicolored socks said "Eid Mubarak," which honors the religious holiday that marks the end of Ramadan — the Islamic holy month of fasting. The Toronto Sun notes he also wished the crowd a happy "Pride Mubarak."

Trudeau's eagerness to celebrate Pride (and the end of Ramadan) shouldn't surprise anyone familiar with his open-door policy and propensity for tolerance of all kinds, as he's voiced his support for LGBTQ rights worldwide, even at the International Organization of La Francophonie summit in November 2016

At the gathering of dozens of mainly French-speaking nations, including nearly a dozen in Africa where sexual acts between same-sex couples are illegal, Trudeau said, "Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities suffer in too many countries, including certain members of La Francophonie who are here today. We owe them the same respect, the same rights and the same dignity as all other members of our society."

And when a gay Canadian man was forced to quit his job after being bullied at work, Trudeau was quick to come to his defense, writing in a card, "Dear Degas, know that your friends outnumber the haters by the millions and I'm one of those friends."

It's refreshing to see Trudeau practices what he preaches!

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