Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has revealed why he decided to wear Muslim socks to Toronto Pride yesterday (25 June).
The year’s theme was inclusivity, which Trudeau decided to mark with his footwear.
On the socks, it read ‘Eid Muburak’ – honoring the religious holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. The Islamic holy month of fasting ending coincided with Pride.
‘It is all about including people,’ he told the press. ‘This is why I am happy to wish a Eid Muburak to everyone of the Muslim faith.
‘It’s all about how we celebrate the multiple layers of identities that make Canada extraordinary and strong, and today we celebrate with the entire LGBTQ community.’
While Trudeau was praised for his socks on social media, some criticized him as many Muslim-majority countries directly attack LGBTI people.
The Canadian leader looked to be in high spirits as he joined revellers in the march down Yonge St. Justin was spotted shouting out “Happy Pride!” to the crowd as well as waving and hugging thousands of people who lined Toronto’s most famous street. The 45-year-old showed off his pride by wearing rainbow socks and sporting a temporary tattoo of a rainbow maple leaf on his cheek.
The PM also stopped to talk to reporters about the importance of the annual event. “It’s all about how we celebrate the multiple layers of identities that make Canada extraordinary and strong,” Justin explained to Kiss 92.5 before exclaiming, “Happy Pride to everyone! Happy Pride Toronto!”