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Ten times Pink Dot day was bursting with pride

Asian Community AIDS Services took to the streets to spread the love

Credit: Arshy Mann/Daily Xtra

Dozens of people, all dressed in hot pink, gathered on Saturday, May 21, 2016, to make themselves heard on the streets as part of Pink Dot TO.

Organized by the Asian Community AIDS Services and the Chinese Canadian National Council’s Toronto chapter, this is the third year the event has been put on.

There was a mix of speeches, musical and dance performances and a loud, very pink, rally that all emphasized Asian LGBT visibility.

Here are some of the best moments from the day:

It begins! Brian Bao-ly, member of ACAS, and Annie Sun, lead the Pink Dot parade down Spadina Street. 

This year’s theme was “Love Across Generations.” True to form, people of all ages came out to show their support. 

We’re not sure where she found those flowers, but damn, they’re beautiful.


The pink power ranger, representing a time when boys growing up in the ’90s realized they were gay.

Aries Cheung, putting everyone to shame with a power ballad while serving face.

Annie Sun, in a more subdued performance, sang a Mandarin ballad.

Ho down! Hanau I Ka Hula Na Kane are Hawaiian performers. Here they are in cowboy hats, because why not.


. . . before performing in more traditional garb. 

And this is Kou, living their best damn life by busting out some burlesque in the streets.

(Photos: Arshy Mann/Daily Xtra)

Editor’s note, May 27, 2016: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated one of the co-organizers of this event was the AIDS Committee of Toronto. In fact, it was the Asian Community AIDS Services.

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