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06/14/2014 10:35 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

WORLDPRIDE 2014: How We Got Here

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One Sunday in the summer of 1994, 21-year-old Kevin Beaulieu was rushing from his job in the suburbs to get his first taste of Toronto’s annual Pride celebration. “The parade was the thing,” he recalls. “It’s a momentous thing when you decide to come to Pride when you haven’t been living openly. I remember getting out of work quite late. I hopped in a car and rushed downtown to see this. But when I got there, it was the tail end of the parade. I was so excited and disappointed. I tried to run down Yonge Street and see what I missed.”

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