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Thousands of women marched in the annual Dyke March in Toronto on Saturday, June 30, 2012. The march precedes the Pride Parade on Sunday. (Jenny Yuen/QMI Agency)
TORONTO - As far as Tiana Kamington is concerned, you can never be too young for the Dyke March.
That's why she and her wife Lauren brought their one-year-old daughter to the annual lesbian and transgendered parade Saturday, a prelude to the Pride Parade on Sunday.
"She was in the parade last year when she was 19 days old," said Tiana, 29, said as the couple marched down Yonge St. with little Mataya in their arms.
"We're here to show we're part of a family that may not be society's conventional norm, but there's just as much love with two moms."
Thousands of women took to Toronto streets as the Dyke March made its way through the downtown core.
Andrea Houston, this year's "Honoured Dyke" who led the parade, said the queer community has two "huge victories" to celebrate. Toby's Law amends the Ontario Human Rights Code to include gender identity and gender expression and Bill 13 guarantees students can start GSAs (gay-straight alliances) in Catholic schools.
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, who is openly gay, said Toronto is getting ready to host World Pride in 2014, which is estimated to bring in three-million people.
"It will be a great run up to the Pan-Am Games in 2015," she said.