It is no longer acceptable that disruptive groups like Kulanu and B’nai Brith (and their crony supporters at city hall and the Toronto Sun) can threaten this massive, diverse, 32-year-old celebration and protest simply because they don’t agree with the legitimate message of some participants.
Anti-gay religious bigot at Toronto Pride (by Chantybinx)
For those who are accusing me of over-reacting and/or screaming at this asshole like banshee…. may I remind you what he was spewing before I lost my shit on his ass.
Can’t blame you one bit, but by engaging with this loser, you’re giving him the attention he wants …
A Sunday afternoon in Toronto | #TOpoli #PrideTO #choice
And here I was thinking that not listening to the #FoBroSho would reduce the risk of exposure to this sort of thing.
(Disclosure: I adore Andrea and worship the ground Antonia walks on.)
Not as easy as I thought.
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But I spend so much time dumping on him, it’s only fair to acknowledge when he does something good.
And that’s not to minimize the “so what? It’s part of his job” argument.
.@emmamwoolley In the future, I will be sure to give him props for other basics requirements of the job, like showing up and wearing pants.— Scaachi Koul (@Scaachi) May 17, 2012
Nor is it to suggest that the mayor doesn’t have a ways to go.
Of course, one symbolic appearance isn’t enough: One can’t support the LGBT community and keep hosting the likes of David Menzies.— Ivor Tossell (@ivortossell) May 17, 2012
It’s a question of context. You just know that this was way out of Rob Ford’s comfort zone. And it’s something we want to encourage, regardless of whether his motivation was genuine or whether we agree with him on other files or not.
So, way to go, Rob. You did good. Keep it up.
Via @hamutaldotan: Rob Ford Should Participate in Pride. Period. | politics | Torontoist #TOpoli #LGBT
A terrific piece from Hamutal Dotan. Read it now.
She goes through all the political, ethical and symbolic arguments in favour of Rob Ford’s participation, so I won’t repeat them here. The only observation I’d make is to wonder, who in god’s name is advising him these days?
We can debate about whether this is a big-picture or little-picture thing, but even that’s beside the point. It’s also beside the point to speculate about how the mayor may feel, personally, about our gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and/or queer brothers and sisters.
And in her inimitably classy way, Kristyn Wong-Tam’s trying to throw him a rope:
Leaving aside Team Ford’s approach to contracting out, or transit, or waterfront redevelopment, or revenue versus spending, or any of the other major files involved in municipal governance, this seems like such a no-brainer. You show up, you read a statement of support, you pose for a few pictures, and then you head for the cottage. Five minutes, for chrissakes. Of all the things he’s getting beaten up for, this seems so easy to avoid.
Hello, Ford handlers? Someone want to explain this, please?
So Mammoliti’s still yapping? Whatever | #PrideTO
From a comment over at Spacing …
The “Respect for Taxpayers” argument may be marginally useful, but only as a rhetorical device. It has no place in any substantial debate; it is based on a foundation of false assumptions and the nauseatingly stupid straw-man construct commonly referred to as the “pissed-off taxpayer.”
It is not a discussion to which we should devote any more than passing energy. If we allow the Fords and Mammolitis of this world to define the terms for the discussion, then we’ve lost before we’ve even started. Arguing on their terms is a losing proposition. We’re much better off framing the discussion in moral terms. Homophobia is wrong, period. The presence or absence of a few demonstrators chanting things that B’nai B’rith or the Canadian Jewish Congress doesn’t like doesn’t make it any less wrong, and if people like Ford and Mammoliti want to use it as an excuse to cut funding to Pride, I’d submit we’re better off exposing the transparency of that excuse.
Yes, it may sound a little preachy to some. But we’re never going to win over Ford Nation or the AM radio crowd.