After a two-year hiatus, Toronto’s Pride Parade returns on Sunday, with members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community and allies marching through downtown streets to celebrate diversity and protest for equal rights for all.
This year’s International Grand Marshal, Dr. Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, also known as Lady Phyll, will be among those in attendance.
Lady Phyll is a well-known advocate for the 2SLGBTQ community around the world as the co-founder and executive director of UK Black Pride and the executive director of human rights charity Kaleidoscope Trust.
In January, Lady Phyll received an honourary doctorate from London South Bank University for her work in the fight against homophobia, sexism and racism in the U.K. and globally.
Toronto Pride is Lady Phyll’s first pride event after the global COVID-19 lockdown, but this is not her first time being honoured with a prestigious role. In 2019, she was the grand marshal at New York’s World Pride.
CP24.com spoke to Lady Phyll about being Toronto Pride’s internationa grand marshal, her accomplishments in human rights advocacy and what work needs to be done to achieve equal rights for the 2SLGBTQ+ community.