Teen or­ga­nizer of On­tario town’s first Pride pa­rade gets sur­prise call from PM

The Western Star - - CANADA -

TORONTO — A teenager be­hind an On­tario town’s first Pride pa­rade was still get­ting over his sur­prise on Thursday at hav­ing found him­self tak­ing a con­grat­u­la­tory phone call from Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau.

In an in­ter­view from Owen Sound, Ryan Brown, 16, said Trudeau has been good at rec­og­niz­ing the LGBTQ com­mu­nity and their events, as well as ini­tia­tives by young peo­ple, but the call on Wednesday was still un­ex­pected.

“It’s not a shock that he would do that kind of thing,’’ Brown told The Cana­dian Press. “But it’s def­i­nitely still shock­ing that it was me that ends up get­ting a call — af­ter deal­ing with the (U.S. Pres­i­dent) Don­ald Trump trade is­sue the day be­fore and then, ‘this is a Ryan Brown in Owen Sound call’.’’

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