Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made history as the country’s first sitting leader to march in a pride parade.
On Sunday, Mr Trudeau stood at the head of the parade, rainbow flag in hand, as the crowd made its way through downtown Toronto.
Pride Toronto’s executive director Mathieu Chantelois previously shared his excitement over Mr Trudeau’s involvement when he announced his plans earlier this year, declaring it to be “big news” not just in Canada but worldwide.
“Not only because he is probably the sexiest politician alive but also because there has never been a leader of a country to walk in a parade, at least not that we know of,” he said.
Proud Canadians took to social media to share photos and video of the momentous occasion.
— Rachel West (@rachel_is_here) July 3, 2016
— Lilly Singh (@IISuperwomanII) July 3, 2016
— Laura Bojarzin (@LindyLaura) July 3, 2016
Someday very soon my head is going to explode bc of how great Justin Trudeau is godDaMN pic.twitter.com/F6zyjzqsjq
— Alex Cimmino (@alex_cimmino) July 3, 2016
Mr Trudeau also told Canadian television that his government is exploring the “best way” to legislate for gender-neutral options on identity cards, following the lead of countries like Australia, New Zealand and Nepal.
“That’s part of the great arc of history sweeping towards justice,” he told Canadian television station CP24.
In Canada, men who have sex with men can only donate blood if they have not had sex with a man for at least five years, but on August 15 that will be reduced to one year.
Mr Trudeau said the relaxation of the blood donation restrictions “not good enough,” and said his Government would work toward easing them further.