Posts Tagged ‘support’

Yonge Street was quiet this morning

camera, and lights on tripods abeside Yonge Street, yellow police tape blocking the street, police car in the background, no traffic

 

In a small park near the SE corner of Yonge & Finch,

in many languages but with one voice,

a memorial wall to those who lost their life, or who were injured,

in yesterday’s tragedy.

 

white bristol board taped to a stone wall, condolences and other heartfelt messages written on them, flowers laid across the top of the wall

white bristol board taped to a stone wall, condolences and other heartfelt messages written on them, flowers laid across the top of the wall

white bristol board taped to a stone wall, condolences and other heartfelt messages written on them, flowers laid across the top of the memorial wall

white bristol board taped to a stone wall, concolences and other heartfelt messages written on them, flowers laid across the top of the wall , people, reporters, and photographers standing in front, a man is writing a message

a woman is writing condolences messages on bristol board that has been taped to a stone wall

There were many reporters with their cameramen at the site this morning.  It was rumoured that Mayor John Tory was coming.  I had an appointment, which is why I was in the area, so I couldn’t stay.  As it turned out, both Tory and Kathleen Wynne (Ontario Premier) paid the memorial wall a visit.

women in pink tutus running in a half marathon

Run Like a Diva,
5 km run and a half marathon in the Port Lands.

below: Pink tutus were given to all those who registered to participate in the event.

two divas in their pink tutus near the start of the RunLike a Diva event on Cherry st in the Port Lands

1700 people ran the 5K event and almost as many (I think) ran the half marathon.

a group of women running on Cherry St in the Port Lands as part of the Run Like a Diva 5k run.

The original plan was to hold this event on the Toronto Islands but with this spring’s flooding, the run was moved to the mainland.   It was a charity event in support of Rethink Breast Cancer.

two women running together in the Run Like a Diva half marathon run, both are wearing pink tutus, they are connected with a piece of rubber that they are each holding on to. on the right is Diva Chelsea, bib number 1100.

two women wearing pink tutus in the Run Like a Diva half marathon . one of them is the Greatest Diva, bib number 1110

a groupd of women in the Run Like a Diva event, bib number 2794 in pigtails and bib number 2413 running beside her.

a black woman in sunglasses, head band, and pink tutu runs. Bib saya I am a Diva, and bib number 936

pink tshirts an dpink tutus, Run Like a Diva, runners running down Unwin street

a young woman, a spectator at a 5km run, holds a sign that says If Trump can run, so can you

below: It was great to see a few men joining the fun, complete with their pink outfits.

a man is dressed in pink for the Run Like a Diva event, pink wide brimmed hat, pink t-shirt and pink tights as well as pink tutu. Bright blue shoes.

a father and daughter, both in pink tutus run in a 5k race, Run Like a Diva, other runners in the background

two women smiling as they run in the Run Like a Diva half marathon. on the left is Diva Debbie, bib 808 and on the right is bib number 1266, Diva Sandy

running towards the finish line in a 5k and half marathon event

a couple, male and female, holding hands, both wearing pink tshirts and tutus as they participate in a 5 km run

below: Near the end of the event, participants were given pink boas and shiny tiaras to wear with their tutus.

two volunteers in bright yellow t-shirts hand out pink boas to race particpants as they come close to the finish line

divas in their pink, tutus, boas and tiaras

a young woman in a pink T-shirt, runner 3127, Eldiva, puts on her tiara and pink boa as she nears the end of the Run Like a Diva

a group of women running in the Run Like a Diva run, all in pink tutus and many in pink t-shirts, laughing and cheering as they come close to the finish line in their pink boas and tiaras

below: Coming to the end!

a group of runners comes to the end of a half marathon, a group of people are behind a fence watching them and encouraging them.

young man is picking up orange traffic cones and putting them into the back of a truck

#runlikeadiva | #divastoronto

The Trans Rally and March, first of the Pride parades was last night (Friday).

 

a young man in a white sleeveless shirt in a parade, holding a sign that says #love always wins

below: If you were driving on Yonge street last night, perhaps you got stuck in traffic. Northbound cars on Yonge were stopped to allow the parade to cross from Bloor to Yonge. The parade continued in the southbound lanes which gave the stuck drivers and passengers a front row seat.

Cars coming north on Yonge street are stuck because they have to stop for a parade that crossed Yonge street, the Trans parade then marched south on Yonge street beside the traffic. A woman takes a picture out the window of her car.

Last year it rained for the Trans March and in previous years the turn out was low.  Whether it is because trans issues have been in the news a lot lately, or because the trans community is more visible, or because of other reasons, there were more people walking than usual.

parade coming down Yonge street, cars stopped on the right, a flag on the left, one woman holding a sign that says We celebrate our children

guys walking in a trans parade on Bloor street holding signs that say "We are #orlando, we will always remember you RIP"

A man in butterfly pink sunglasses is making a face as he blows bubbles, the man beside him has a large beard and he's laughing as he blows bubbles too.

a woman in an orange dress holds a sign that says "Hearts not parts", she has her arm around a young man in a black baseball cap and sunglasses.

people walking in a parade on Bloor street in Toronto including a man dressed all in pink and a man with shiny magenta leggings and a rainbow tie dyed top

two men in a pride parade with wigs on, each carrying a rabbit

an old motorcycle and sidecar painted splotchy orange with a person wearing a pink bra sitting in the sidecar. Parked, waiting for the start of a parade.

a boy waits for the start of a parade. He is carrying a sign, dark blue lettering on magenta, that says I have a sign.

a man in a zebra striped dress and a bright pink wig, in a parade, another man is beside him holding a sign that says US anti-trans bathroom bills are full of shit, no more hate

two small dogs on leashes, walking in a parade

trans parade on Bloor Street, many people walking and holding signs, "Support Trans Families". One person with a rainbow flag on their back. one girl with a bright pink boa.

two older guys dressed up for trans parade, one in a glittery top and the other in a pink fishnet top, both in motorized scooters, one with a rainbow flag draped over the scooter, the other with big plastic flowers.

A button that says "Sex, it's what we do".

people walking in a parade including a woman in a jean jacket and a frilly white skirt and a person dressed in white dress, hat and high heel shoes.

three people stop to pose for a photo as they walk in a trans parade for pride weekend

below:  Dave holding ‘Pulse’ a memorial artwork in honour of those who died at the Pulse nightclub Orlando.  The piece was crocheted by Dave and the Craft Action Collective.

Dave holding up a large crocheted banner with a black and grey ribbon, and rainbow ribbons with the names of each of the people killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

a group of people walking in a trans march, three in long skirts and two with hats, the middle one is dressed all in purple

a couple in a parade, one has a rainbow coloured boa and the other has a pink wig and is draped in the pink and blue trans flag.

a woman wearing a bikibi top and sunglasses is blowing a whistle and pumping her fist as she walks in a parade

a crowd of people walking down Yonge street in a trans parade as part of Pride, one person is holding a sign that says "I just want to pee"

a woman in a parade is holding as sign that says Biological Sex does not equal gender identity

a person with long hair and wearing a purple t-shirt that says fuck on it, holding a banner in a trans parade

a young woman laughing, she's wearing a stars and stripes bikini top and a straw cowboy hat.

young person in a green t shirt holding a sign that says "We need health care not gatekeeping"

A young woman carrying a sign in a parade. The sign says "Proud of my parent and you"

a couple walking arm in arm in a parade, one has short blue hair and the other is wearing a t shirt with a skull on it and holding a rainbow pride flag

a couple standing beside each other with their backs to the camera, one has a rainbow flag draped over her back and the other has a trans flag draped over his back.

#loveislove | #lovealwayswins

#jesuisCharlie Toronto version.
Rally & march, Sunday 11 January.
Nathan Phillips Square

Close up photo of two small flags, one Canadian and the other French, on the end of a guitar.

flags, music and people

Close up of a sign that says 'Je suis Charlie Toujours en vie!  I am Charlie' in black letters on white paper.  The sign is being held by someone who is wearing red mitts with big CAN on them in white.

One of the many Je Suis Charlie signs.

Overview of Nathan Philllips Square in front of Toronto City Hall showing a large number of people gathered on a winter day in January to rally in support of Je Suis Charlie.

The crowd part way through the rally.

Part of a crowd of people at the Je Suis Charlie rally.  Many are holding signs that say Je Sui Charlie.  Most are dresssed for winter weather.

Crowd scene, listening to speeches.

A man is wearing yellow clogs and holding a sign that says Je Suis CHarlie. Ik ben Theo Van Gogh

Theo Van Gogh was a Dutch film producer, writer and actor.   He helped create a short film depicting the mistreatment of  Islamic women after which he received death threats.  In November of 2004 he was murdered in Amsterdam.

A large TV camera is filming a reporter from CP24.  People behind the reporter are holding Je Suis Charlie signs.

Many TV reporters were on the scene, including CP24

crowd

Je Suis Charlie signs and a few flags

A crowd in front of the stage at Nathan Phillips square on a January day when the Christmas tree in front of City Hall is still there.

The view from behind the stage.

A man is holding a sign that says Ich Bin Charlie

German participants too

Crowd at a rally in the winter

more crowd scene

A man is holding three signs.  One says 'Je Suis Charlie' and two are in arabic.  He standing behind a large white sign withblack letters.  The words can't be read in this photo.  An Iranian flag is being held by someone standing behind him.

There was also a group there with a large sign that said ‘Free all Political Prisoners in Iran’.  A number of Iranian flags were being carried, but they were the flag with the lion in the center.

People are walking through the intersection of Queen and Yonge streets as they march in the Je Suis Charlie rally.  A policeman in a yellow jacket is standing in the intersection to help prevent the cars from interfering.

The crowd walked from Nathan Phillips Square to Dundas Square.

Two women.  One is holding a Je Suis Charlie sign in one hand and a Starbucks cup in the other.  THe other woman has a large pencil shaped sign.

at Dundas Square

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