Justin Trudeau Toronto gay pride

Canada’s Justin Trudeau will become the first world leader known to have taken part in a gay pride march.

The newly elected leader tweeted: “Very much looking forward to being there again, this time as PM. #PrideTO.”

“[It’s] big news in Canada but big news around the world,” Pride Toronto’s executive director Mathieu Chantelois told BuzzFeed Canada.

“Not only because he is probably the sexiest politician alive but also because there has never been a leader of a country to walk in a parade, at least not that we know of.”

The July 3 event, which in previous years has drawn some 100,000 participants and spectators, is a highlight of one of the world’s largest gay pride festivals.

The Liberal Prime Minister, whose party now has a majority in the Canadian government, came into power last October, unseating Conservative Stephen Harper after nearly 10 years in office.

Along with Trudeau, Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory will also take part in the festivities.

Mr Trudeau has made equality a central part of his administration and the Canadian Press reports that gay Syrian refugees will have a place at the Pride events.

The Canadian leader has previously participated in pride marches in Toronto and Vancouver while he was in opposition.

Its 2016 theme is “You can sit with us,” which organisers said “conveys a strong message of belonging and inclusion.

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