Gay icon Melissa Etheridge will perform at the opening ceremonies of World Pride Toronto.
The Grammy-winning singer, known for hits like Come To My Window and I Want to Come Over, will perform at Nathan Phillips Square on June 20.
World Pride runs from June 20-29 and replaces this year’s Pride events. The 10-day international event is hosted by Pride Toronto and promotes LGBTQ issues on a global scale. Toronto was chosen as the host by InterPride, an international association of pride coordinators, in 2009.
Etheridge recently wrote a song inspired by Russia’s anti-gay legislation. Uprising of Love inspired a celebrity coalition of the same name and all the proceeds from the sale of the song will go toward the Russia Freedom Fund.
The fund supports LGBT activists in Russia.
“The lyrics of Uprising of Love came from such a personal and passionate spot in my soul and I’m more than excited to share this anthem with the world,” Etheridge said in a statement.
“Love is intangible and unpredictable, but it’s the one feeling that is universally experienced and desired by all.”
The Toronto Pride event, especially this year, is connected to the LGBTQ movement around the world, organizers said.
“World Pride is connected to a much larger movement that allows us to link our local communities to a global struggle in support of Human Rights for the LGBTQ community no matter where they are in the world,” TK, the WorldPride art and culture manager, said.
“Pride in Toronto is already one of the largest arts and culture festivals in North America, and this once in a lifetime event will bring people together from around the world for the biggest Pride celebration ever.”
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