While traditionally sports have been one of the last major areas in which little LGBT progress had been made, many in-roads have been made over the years.
Malhotra marched alongside Patrick Burke, the son of Calgary Flames president Brian Burke. The Burkes became the driving force behind You Can Play, a campaign designed to address homophobia in sport and welcome LGBT athletes. Patrick's brother, openly gay Philadelphia Flyers scout Brendan Burke died in 2010.
This year, Vancouver Canucks winger Emerson Etem helped to deliver a message of inclusion, equality, and acceptance from the Canucks at the parade held on July 31.
Not only did he wear Pride beads but he also donned a pair of flashy disco ball earrings. Talk about getting into the game.
Here's a video of Etem's participation in this year's Vancouver Pride parade so you can check out his fashion statements yourself.