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Toronto mayor to raise Pride flag in livestreamed ceremony

A rainbow flag is seen at Toronto City Hall in Toronto on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.
A rainbow flag is seen at Toronto City Hall in Toronto on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Eduardo Lima / The Canadian Press

Toronto Mayor John Tory is expected to mark the beginning of Pride month today by raising the rainbow and transgender flags at city hall.

The midday ceremony will be livestreamed to encourage physical distancing and help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Tory announced in March that public events in the city would be cancelled through June 30 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

READ MORE: Coronavirus: City of Toronto cancels events through June 30, including Pride Parade

Pride festivities, including the flagship parade, have been moved online as a result.

The Pride Toronto website says its “virtual Pride” will continue to create space for everyone to “express who they truly are.”

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Toronto Pride parade cancelled over concerns of COVID-19
Toronto Pride parade cancelled over concerns of COVID-19

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