Pride Toronto rejects comments by guest on Rob and Doug Ford radio show

7 May, 2011 (Toronto) – Yesterday, a guest on (Toronto Mayor) Rob and (Toronto City Councillor) Doug Ford’s radio show made comments that promote and rekindle old prejudices that the LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities have fought for decades to combat.

After good-faith efforts to acquaint the Fords with our communities, Pride Toronto is disappointed that these homophobic comments were aired unchallenged. These comments demonstrate the continued need for Pride as a celebration of our communities and cultures, and a space for proud expression of who we are.

Planning is well underway for a successful 2012 Pride Toronto Festival, which celebrates the history, courage, diversity and future of Toronto’s LGBTTIQQ2SA communities. This goal is clearly as important today as it has ever been.

Toronto residents deserve confirmation that their elected officials likewise support acceptance and celebration of our communities, and in particular do not cling to past negative stereotypes about LGBTTIQQ2SA people or people living with HIV/AIDS.

Moreover, Pride Toronto stands in solidarity with people living with HIV/AIDS against bigotry and intolerance directed at them, and calls upon our elected officials to do the same.

Pride Toronto is the not-for-profit organization that hosts Pride Week, an annual event in downtown Toronto during the last week of June. Pride Week is one of the premier arts and cultural festivals in Canada. It is also one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world with an estimated attendance of over 1.2 million people. It celebrates the history, courage, diversity and future of Toronto's LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities.
  * Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer/Questioning, 2 Spirited, Allies

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