In honour of the Pride week we just celebrated in Toronto, I had to show you all these photos. When I saw these adorably sweet storefront window displays by Teuscher Chocolates in the Manulife Centre, it made my heart swell. As a girl with a number of gay, lesbian, and bisexual friends, this display of love and affection in the heart of the city means a lot to me. The politics of gender diversity will always be a contentious topic and without getting all sociological on y’all, these images will mean different things to different people. There’s something to be said about such a front-and-centre display of gay pride in a rather wealthy, ritzy neighbourhood. There’s something to be said about the idea that identity will ultimately always come down to something consumable. There’s the recognition of same-sex marriage and partnership, but at the same time, a void in racial representation. My city is far from perfect and so are these images, but I take them for what their worth. Their cuteness makes me happy.
Teuscher Chocolates is located at 55 Bloor St. West inside the Manulife Centre in William Ashley China.