Tonight at 7 p.m., 20,000 people are expected to gather at Toronto City Hall for the flag-raising ceremony of WorldPride 2014, the international gay pride festival that will take over the streets of the city for 10 days. Organizers project that as many as two million people will take part in the festivities, which will see performances from the likes of Tegan and Sara, Melissa Etheridge, Against Me!, Carole Pope, the Parachute Club and many more.
In the spirit of pride, we thought we'd share a few of George's interviews from over the years with prominent members of the LGBTQ community.
Last summer, George spoke with America's favourite advice columnist (and the founder of the It Gets Better Project), Dan Savage.
After the release of Precious in 2009, Lee Daniels became the first openly gay African-American nominated for an Academy Award. The director spoke with George about his life and career.
Author and This American Life regular David Sedaris was in the red chair last year to talk about his latest book, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls.
Don Lemon is the openly-gay, African-American host of the prime-time weekend edition of CNN Newsroom. He spoke with George last year.
In 1998, Mark Tewksbury came out, becoming Canada's first openly gay Olympian. In 2012, he spoke to George about his athletic career, and his role as Canada's Chef De Mission at the Olympics in London.
Laura Jane Grace
Laura Jane Grace, the lead singer of punk band Against Me!, came out as a transgender woman in 2012 in a Rolling Stone article. The band's latest album is Transgender Dysphoria Blues, and they'll be performing at the Trans* Pride March Post-March Showcase as part of WorldPride.
Rough Trade's "High School Confidential" was one of the first pop singles to openly deal with lesbianism — back in 1980. The band's lead singer Carole Pope sat down with George to talk about her musical career and her solo record Landfall. She'll be performing at WorldPride as well.
Tegan and Sara
George invited the twin indie sensations Tegan and Sara over to his house this season for a performance and conversation. The pair, who are also performing at WorldPride this year, spoke to George about how they hope their music can be a vehicle for LGBTQ youth who don't often see themselves represented in mainstream radio.