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Pride Toronto's theme this year is '35 Years of AIDS Activism'

Last Updated Apr 17, 2018 at 10:14 am EDT

A man holds a flag on a hockey stick during the Pride parade in Toronto on June 25, 2017. The organization behind one of the world's largest pride parades is asking Toronto police to withdraw an application to take part in the event this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

Pride Toronto has unveiled its theme for this year’s Pride Month.

The organization says the theme: ’35 Years of AIDS Activism,’ is meant to express the spirit of North America’s largest Pride celebration.

Pride Toronto says the 2018 theme reflects the changes in the community, and how deeply it has been affected by loss.

“Pride Toronto honours those that continue to fight for the rights and freedoms of all of the LGBTQ+ community,” Olivia Nuamah, Pride Toronto executive director, said in a statement.

“We do this by reflecting on the achievements of the past, honouring those that we have lost, and celebrating the future of our growing and diverse community.”

Toronto’s Pride Month kicks off on June 1.