May 1, 2014, TORONTO (ISN) – On October 9, 2013, The Queen’s Baton Relay was launched at Buckingham Palace at a ceremony where Her Majesty The Queen placed her message to the Commonwealth into the baton.
Over a period of 288 days, the baton will visit 70 nations and territories, and cover 190,000 kilometres. On July 23, 2014, Her Majesty The Queen will remove her message and read it aloud, officially declaring the Games open.
Today, the Queen’s Baton Relay was in Toronto, and this morning took part in a 1.5 kilometre relay featuring members of Toronto’s lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) communities and their allies. Led by PrideHouseTO, the Relay highlighted the inclusion of LGBT people in sport and the diversity of our communities.
“The Glasgow 2014 Games will have a PrideHouse”, said Mathew Cutler, Project Director for PrideHouseTO”, and we were proud to create a connection with those Games through today’s “Relay for Inclusion”. The Queen’s Baton Relay team were enthusiastic participants in our event today, and together, we created a historic and special moment for our community.”
Dozens of participants including families, drag queens, vogue performers, LGBTQ refugees and athletes took part in the event, with the Queen’s Baton leading the way through downtown Toronto streets.
“We are proud to have worked with PrideHouseTO on this event,” said Commonwealth Games Canada President Dr. Andrew Pipe. “Glasgow PrideHouse will provide a welcoming place for the LGBT community at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and today’s “Run for Inclusion” helps highlight the importance of inclusion in not only sport, but everything that we do.”