While World Pride in London may not be what everyone was hoping for, Toronto means business.
According to organizers, Pride Toronto has been planning their World Pride festival for four years – taking place in 2014.
Canadian stars Corey Hart and Deborah Cox will perform on London’s stage this Saturday (7 July) to officially preview the event.
Pride Toronto co-chair Luke Amona said: ‘What better way for Pride Toronto to show its Canadian support than with these two incredible Canadian superstars.’
He added: ‘Ms Cox has performed at Pride festivals around the world and is sure to dazzle World Pride audiences with her fierce energy and stunning, show stopping performance style.’
Hart has written a new verse for his hit song Truth Will Set You Free inspired by the 1998 murder of gay university student Matthew Shepard.
Pride Toronto co-chair, Francisco Alvarez said the Canadian star’s new version ‘sends a very special message of strength and acceptance’ and ‘one that gives us all a reason to come together and freely celebrate who we are.’
British gay 80s icon Boy George will also be performing in Trafalgar Square, as well as comedians, drag acts, singers and speakers.
If you would like to know more about what’s happening at World Pride London 2012, check out our guide here.