A celebration of Toronto Pride, from 1970 to Present, through the lens of The ArQuives



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First EVER Toronto Pride Publication

One Sunday afternoon in 1971, a few activists and their friends gathered in Toronto for a picnic. A celebration of pride in who they were, together, was born. Since then, millions of people from Toronto, Canada and around the world have attended and supported Toronto Pride. Today, it is one of the largest gatherings of the LGBTQ2+ community and their allies in the world.

Until now, more than 50 years later, the significance of Toronto Pride on acceptance, social development, and human rights recognition in Canada has never been seen within its historical context. The Magenta Foundation has proudly partnered with The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archive, the only such organization with a national scope, in recognition of its own 50th anniversary in 2023.

JOY. SORROW. ANGER. LOVE. PRIDE. A celebration of Toronto Pride from 1970 to Present through the lens of The ArQuives, is the first publication and accompanying exhibition on the subject to be shared with a national and global audience. Incorporating photography, ephemera, posters and writings by community leaders, this publication is the culmination of a comprehensive research project focused on acknowledging and celebrating the impact of Toronto Pride – throughout its long and sometimes turbulent history.

Additional information

Weight 1594 g
Dimensions 21.7 x 28.9 cm
Publisher name The Magenta Foundation
Publication date 11 September 2023
Number of pages 224
Format Hardback
Contributors Foreword by Kerry Manders, Text by Dr. Gaƫlle Morel and Tim McCaskell
Dimensions 21.7 x 28.9 cm
Weight 1594 g


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Dr. Gaelle Morel is Exhibitions Curator at the Ryerson Image Centre (Toronto). She received her PhD in the History of Contemporary Photography from Universite Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. er most recent publication, entitled The Making of Visual News, is a collaboration with Dr. Thierry Gervais and was published in 2015.

Tim McCaskell is a long-time gay activist. His first book, Race to Equity, a history of the struggle for equity in Toronto public schools, is widely used in teacher education. Tim is also the author of Queer Progress: From Homophobia to Homonationalism.

Kerry Manders is a Toronto-based writer, editor, and photographer. She contributes to The New York Times, T Magazine, The Advocate, and Aperture, among other publications, where she explores various aspects of queerness, mourning, and photography.