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 …
Via @goldsbie, Mammoliti may march in Pride parade | #TOpoli #LGBT
Maybe it’s just another case of falling short of what I say about generosity of spirit, but in all honesty, if Rob Ford showed up for even five minutes tomorrow, I’d applaud loudly and sincerely.
But this guy? At the very least, I’d be tempted to turn my back, if not throw pistachio shells or something. (And I’m sorry, Gord Perks, I know I’m disregarding your sound advice.)
Yo, Rob. Isn’t it time to think about doing something else? | #TOpoli
There’s the TTC thing, of course. (Note: I’ve seen cyclists do this too. FFS, guys, wise up.)
And then via @Goldsbie in the Grid, turns out the “cottage tradition” excuse for skipping out on Pride is also somewhat, er, flimsy. Wish I could say I was shocked.
And in other Mayor Ford news, turns out his cottage excuse for skipping Pride is just a big lie. We are ruled by a cartoon villain/buffoon— benjaminboles (@benjaminboles) June 29, 2012
Hearing him say the next year that Canada Day at the cottage was some sort of inviolable family covenant just confirmed to me his somewhat loose relationship with the truth and/or reality.
Israel, apartheid, and the third rail | #TOpoli #PrideTO
Some months ago I read something which tried, as I recall, to address Israel’s treatment of Palestinians in the occupied territories, and the comparisons that have been drawn between that and South Africa’s system of apartheid.
To suggest that it’s emotionally volatile terrain might be a slight understatement. And while I’m not interested in stirring up that particular wasps’ nest in the runup to Toronto’s 2012 Pride celebrations, I’m with Antonia on this:
The twitterstorm that ensued is a matter of record.
Rather than rehash that, though, let’s address the way the argument’s been framed. Usually, it’s a fairly predictable dance: someone suggests Israel is an apartheid state, the hasbaraniks jump to the attack with accusations of anti-semitism, double standards, and delegitimization, and fairly soon the target is browbeaten or intimidated into silence. Either way, it’s a rhetorical minefield.
So, rather than ask ourselves “is Israel an apartheid state,” let’s reframe the question: Does Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, and its administration of the occupied territories, meet the internationally accepted definition of apartheid? (I’m not the first one to suggest this, of course.)
There are many observers who would suggest that the answer to that is yes. And calling them a bunch of Jew-haters or characterizing the question as hate speech isn’t going to do anything to change that.
All in the framing, really.
- Within Israel, politicians, academics, journalists and activists frequently describe the state’s treatment of Palestinians as apartheid …
- … there are deeply distressing echoes of apartheid in the occupied territories …
- A Sunday afternoon in Toronto | #TOpoli #PrideTO #choice
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.
- Politics, decency, and finding common ground: the restoration of civility | #TOpoli #cdnpoli
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- Open letter to the administrators at ‘Progressive Bloggers’
For @TOMayorFord, credit where it’s due | #TOpoli
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?