The city of Toronto just wrapped up another successful Gay Pride Month. For the last ten years I have lived in Toronto's Church & Wellesley neighbourhood (also known as "the Village") and I've attended the annual Pride festivities every year I've been in town.
Toronto Pride is one of the biggest in the world and the largest in North America, and it's an event I look forward to every year. It's one big, happy party that supports diversity in a way that nothing else does.
When I moved to the neighbourhood I decided that I wanted to embrace everything about it. Despite being straight, I'm a woman with a physical disability and it is important for me to support other marginalized groups, especially one that is so close to home.
Living in the Village has taught me things and given me experiences I would have otherwise not had if I lived somewhere else. I've learned to not just tolerate people's differences but accept them and embrace them because at the end of the day that's what I want from other people too.