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Toronto Sears Has Gay Pride


It appears at least one Canadian Sears location is feeling the gay pride. One wonders if One Million Moms, the group quixotically boycotting gay-friendly JCPenney, will cross the border to vent their hateful rage.

(h/t JMG)

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  1. And Canadians would say to OMM the same thing Glenda said to the Wicked Witch of the West, "You have no power here."

    Posted by: Scott | Jun 29, 2012 2:38:10 PM

  2. Maybe. I think the One Million Mom is packing to move there anyway... you know... to get away from RomneyCare.

    Posted by: JimmyD | Jun 29, 2012 2:43:41 PM

  3. Sears is going bankrupt in Canada, closing most of their major down town locations this summer and retreating to the suburbs before the eventual country-wide shut down. Nobody shops at Sears in Canada. Can you imagine asking someone - "Where did you get that shirt" "I got it at - SEARS!" lol.

    Posted by: ron | Jun 29, 2012 4:11:36 PM

  4. Just passing through Toronto....and the whole friggin' downtown is covered with rainbow flags. On one major street, Queen Street, many businesses have put up posters in their windows rebranding the street as "Queer Street", in honour of Gay Pride.

    One Million Moms would certainly have their work cut out up here.

    Posted by: excy | Jun 29, 2012 4:40:39 PM

  5. It's not just sears. Toronto is a very proud city! There are flags everywhere, and not just your traditional gay neighbourhood or gay friendly businesses. Pride is probably the biggest festival of the year, not just in terms of visitors, but in terms of $$$ brought in as well.

    Posted by: danny | Jun 29, 2012 5:23:03 PM

  6. The only thing newsworthy about this is how ugly that pride display is. I live in Toronto and like others have said almost every downtown business has some sort of pride display going - from mom and pop shops to national corporations. There's a lot going on and everyone should get to experience one of the world's largest pride events at some point. I think it beats both NYC and San Francisco in terms of sheer numbers.

    Posted by: Chris | Jun 29, 2012 8:31:05 PM

  7. @Ron-- that particular location is quite profitable however and will stay open as one of the anchors of the Eaton Centre.

    Posted by: Derek Pearce | Jun 29, 2012 11:16:24 PM

  8. good for them! i love it.

    sears actually has some nice affordable stuff I shop for.

    Posted by: USC Trojan Fan | Jun 30, 2012 1:46:48 AM

  9. I think the thing is Toronto is THE most important Canadian city in a multitude of ways, including the gay community and gay pride. It has no equals. At one time Montreal, but that time has passed. So, it's THE gay pride event for a country of 35 million people.

    The U.S. has more than one important city and is more diffuse with our politics, media, culture, etc. NYC is the biggest and arguably most important city, but Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Miami, Washington DC, etc. are also important cities in their own right and in the country as a whole, and they all have sizable gay communities and pride events that draw from their large metro areas and regions. Part of this is also because the U.S. has such a much, much bigger population compared to Canada, with each region holding considerable influence on the national stage. At least 2/3rds of Canada's population still lies basically in Ontario and Quebec, and Toronto is not only Canada's largest city, it's is most important economic, media, cultural, sports, probably even political center, to a degree no single U.S. city would match in regards to the U.S. You could say Toronto is the big fish in a relatively small pond. It would just be another big city in the U.S. and would have to share the spotlight.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 30, 2012 8:18:35 PM

  10. I was just there today during my pride celebrations. On the corner of the street are 2 religious guys telling the LGBT community they are sinners and will be going to hell.

    If you have time, stop by and give them a few words of your own.

    Pride Toronto: Celebrate and demonstrate!

    Posted by: disco_stu | Jun 30, 2012 11:04:21 PM

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