More than 100 people from the eight OHTs serving Toronto participated in the city’s Pride festivities from June 23 to 25.
Members of East Toronto Health Partners (ETHP), the Ontario Health Team (OHT) serving East Toronto, joined colleagues from seven other OHTs serving Toronto during the 44th annual Toronto Pride Parade on June 25.
ETHP members included more than 30 staff from our partner organizations and patient, caregiver and community advisors, as well as their family members.
More than 100 people from the eight OHTs marched together during the parade.
It was the first time OHTs serving Toronto participated in the Toronto Pride Parade together, giving the groups an opportunity to reaffirm their commitment to providing safe, accessible and culturally competent care for everyone in their communities.
Jasper Rottiers, a community advisor with ETHP, acknowledges there are challenges that he and other trans folks face.
He says he decided to participate in Pride Toronto’s events alongside ETHP because of the positive environment they offer.
“Here at Pride, you feel like you belong, like you’re included, and I want the trans community to know that’s what ETHP is committed to providing,” he says.
Emily Materick, Clinic Manager at Comprehensive Treatment Centre, a partner organization of ETHP, also marched in the Toronto Pride Parade alongside her partner and two children.
“As a queer parent of a non-binary child, representation and advocating for healthcare for all is incredibly important,” Emily says. “The more we can show our pride and advocate for inclusivity, the better we all are.”
Representatives from the eight OHTs serving Toronto also volunteered at a booth during the Pride Toronto StreetFair from June 23 to 25, where they shared information about local 2SLGBTQIA+ services and the newly expanded Toronto Health and Social Services Directory.