Pride Week just ended in Toronto. The parts I was at were pretty awesome. Sweet hangouts, great weather, sore feet from walking, and by the end of the day I was covered in a coating of summer dust. Overall, it was a good time. Of course, Rob Ford, our mayor, decided he needed to skip all of that to spend time at his cottage with his family. I’m a little curious about what other major events in Toronto he’s planning on missing to hang out with his family. I’m guessing not too many, but I’d be happy to be proved wrong.
The way I see it, though, Rob Ford missing Pride isn’t the real problem. If he’s a homophobic bigot who only cares about taxpayers who engage in behaviour that he personally approves of, I’m much happier knowing that than thinking he might be kind of progressive. The real problem is that he’s a homophobic bigot who only cares about taxpayers who engage in behaviour that he personally approves of. The real problem is that a lot of people in Toronto decided that this was who they wanted to be the mayor of the city. Sure, none of them knew when they elected him that he would opt out of all of the Pride Week events. But was anyone really surprised to learn that gay rights are not one of his primary concerns?
If he runs for re-election, I hope people remember this. But more importantly, I hope they care about this. Because if the majority of people in Toronto really want the mayor to be the guy who doesn’t care enough about gay rights to even pretend he might care at least what the queer community thinks of him, then Rob Ford isn’t our biggest problem.