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  • Walk to the Water 2014

    W2W Postcard front

    On September 27, help us end stigma and promote prevention of HIV/AIDS. Participate in ACYR’s annual Walk to the Water, a 5k or 10k walk or run to raise funds for HIV/AIDS awareness and support services for those living with or impacted by HIV/AIDS in York Region. Meet people, have fun and help ACYR!

    For complete details, see our Walk to the Water page. Hope you can participate!

  • WorldPride Celebrations Ended June 29 with a Beautiful – and Much Photographed – Rainbow over Toronto

    York Region Pride Fest Float getting ready for World Pride 2014

    York Region Pride Fest group added their special touch to the festivities that capped off WorldPride 2014 in Toronto on Sunday, June 29 – their colourful float joined the efforts of many in the massive WorldPride Parade in Toronto.

    The weather added its own special touch too – a late in the day storm produced a gorgeous rainbow that brought out photographers all over the city to capture the view.

    While pictures from the parade and the rainbow can be easily searched on the Internet as the media turned out in full force, we have some pictures in our slideshow below that feature mainly York Pride Fest participants and their rainbow-coloured float. Enjoy!


    York Pride Fest, in affiliation with Pride Toronto, participated this year in WorldPride 2014, an international celebration hosted in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). ACYR is an active participant in and supporter of the York Pride Fest organization.

    York Pride Week started one week before Toronto’s Pride Week celebrations. As a result, the first weekend of WorldPride 2014, starting June 20/21, kicked off the second and most activity-packed weekend of York Pride Fest. During that weekend, we staged our Pride Parade and Streetfair event in Richmond Hill.

    WorldPride brought together people from around the world to honour our past, celebrate the present, and to inspire a better future. Incorporating activism, education, the history and the culture of global LGBT+ communities around the world, it has been hosted previously by Rome (2000), Jerusalem (2006), London UK (2012)and will be hosted by Madrid in 2017. WorldPride 2014 ran Friday, June 20, until Sunday, June 29, celebrating the diversity and dynamism of the Greater Toronto Area and highlighting Canada’s continued progress in human rights.

    For more information about the events of the non-stop 10-day celebration, see the WorldPride site at

  • Fun was the Order of the at Day at the York Region Pride Parade on June 21

    York Region’s Second Annual Pride Parade was held on Yonge Street in Richmond Hill on Saturday, June 21. On the afternoon of the parade, between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., a Live Stage and Streetfair was also going on outside the Richmond Hill Centre For the Performing Arts.

    The lively events, not just about Pride in the LGBT community, celebrated and embraced inclusivity, equity and diversity in this, one of Canada’s most vibrant, welcoming and tolerant Regions, said York Pride Fest.

    The York Pride Fest organization, hosts of York Region Pride Week, including the parade, announced on their website that the parade is affiliated with WorldPride 2014.  ACYR is an active participant in and supporter of York Pride Fest.

    We hope you enjoy our photos of the parade and its participants:



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