Toronto Mayor Objects to Flying Pride Flag During Olympics
TORONTO, ONTARIO – Toronto’s Mayor, Rob Ford, continues to show that he is a man with little moral compass. The Pride flag will fly over city hall throughout the Winter Olympics, after his objections were rejected to remove it from city hall’s rooftop on Friday.
Ford has expressed that he does not agree with complying with the request by The 519 Church Street Community Centre to express solidarity with the gay athletes and the LGBTQ community in Russia. His objections quickly brought accusations of homophobia.
Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, and St. John’s and other Canadian cities are flying the flag in a rebuke of Russia’s anti-gay laws. Canadian cities including Toronto will raise the rainbow-colored pride flag to protest Russia’s anti-gay laws even though Toronto Mayor Rob Ford raised very vocal objections to it.
The Quebec government is also making a statement by flying the pride flag at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, the site of the 1976 summer games.
The United Nations secretary-general used a speech ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi to condemn attacks on the LGBT community, amid growing criticism of Russia’s so-called “gay propaganda” laws. In his speech, the United Nations secretary-general stated that “Many professional athletes, gay and straight, are speaking out against prejudice. We must all raise our voices against attacks on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex people,” he said. “We must oppose the arrests, imprisonments and discriminatory restrictions they face.”