TTC celebrates Pride Month this June
This June, the TTC is once again joining the city in celebration of Toronto’s Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer and Questioning (2SLGBTQ+) communities, with vehicle wraps, social media messages, and participation in Pride Toronto festival weekend.
“Every year during the month of June, we celebrate Pride Month and the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Toronto. As we welcome people from all over the world for one of the largest celebrations in North America, we are reminded of the importance of creating an inclusive and equitable city," said Mayor John Tory. "The TTC’s involvement in Pride is another example of the effort taken by all parts of our City to mark these celebrations and to show our support to the community. I encourage residents to participate in the events this year and to celebrate Pride throughout the month of June. Happy Pride Month Toronto!”
“The TTC is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion, and ensuring that all riders and employees feel welcome and valued on public transit,” said TTC Chair Jaye Robinson. “On behalf of the Board, I want to thank the TTC team that worked to put this campaign together and encourage everyone to participate in the festivities this Pride month.”
“The TTC is pleased to participate in Pride Toronto with the 2SLGBTQ+ community, especially as we return to the parade and other in-person celebrations this year,” said TTC CEO Rick Leary. “We welcome any occasion to embrace the diversity of our city, customers and employees, as we work towards building a more inclusive transit system.”
This year, the TTC will once again wrap a bus on the 94 Wellesley route with Pride-themed artwork. The design is a playful call-to-action, encouraging TTC customers to “come out with us again” after a two-year hiatus of in-person Pride events, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The wrap features images that represent a diverse community, and is meant to convey the message that everyone is free to be exactly who they are.
A second wrapped bus will operate on various routes on the west side of the city – including the 36 Finch West, 52 Lawrence, 84 Sheppard West and the 96 Wilson. This will also be the first year that a Wheel-Trans vehicle is wrapped in celebration of Pride month.
The Progress Pride Flag will be raised at the TTC’s head office at 1900 Yonge St., outside Davisville Station, as well as at TTC’s Hillcrest Complex.
During the Pride Toronto festival weekend from June 24-26, the TTC will have a booth at the StreetFair, and will have an eBus in the Trans and Dyke marches, as well as the Parade, as a show of support and for participants with accessibility needs.
“The TTC is proud to celebrate our employees, customers and entire community during Pride month and all year,” said TTC's Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Keisha Campbell. “Thank you to our Design and Wayfinding employees Nadia Salvatori and Christina Whitfield, who designed this year’s wrap. Campaigns like this are so important, as we work towards building a more inclusive TTC.”
An internal campaign will also run at TTC work locations, featuring printed posters and digital/web messages.
The TTC is proud to celebrate its employees and customers this Pride month, and continues to work hard to create a diverse and inclusive organization for all Torontonians.