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Rob Ford and Brother Apologize for 'Unfortunate' Attack on LGBT Demonstrators at Ford Fest

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his brother and city councilor Doug have issued apologies for the verbal and physical attack on LGBT protesters by Ford supporters at Friday's barbecue celebration for the confrontational mayor. 

CBC reports:

FordsFord said he didn't personally see the commotion because he was in a tent meeting with his supporters, but he still apologized for what happened.

“It's terrible things like that happen,” he said in an interview on Saturday with CP24 while attending the Taste of Toronto food festival. “I apologize and we have to move on.”

Ford’s brother Doug, who was the first to apologize for the incident, said earlier:  

“I think 99 per cent it went really well. Everyone had a good time,” he said. “I think it’s just unfortunate what happened. Like I said we apologized to the gentleman. I don’t know. It’s tough for him to show up I guess. There was a little bit of taunting on both sides. I just wish it didn’t happen.”

About six demonstrators showed up with signs protesting Ford's homophobia - which popped back in the news two weeks ago when Ford cast the lone dissenting vote for a proposal that would support homeless LGBT youth. 

The Ford brothers, however, remain "offended" that people still think they're homophobic.  


Rob Ford Supporters Attack LGBT Demonstrators At Ford Fest: VIDEO

Ford Fest, Toronto mayor Rob Ford's annual barbecue celebration, turned ugly yesterday when gay right supporters were both verbally and physically attacked in the city park in which the event was held.

The CBC reports:

About six demonstrators protesting what they called Ford's homophobia turned up at Thomson Memorial Park in Scarborough, holding signs that called for the mayor's departure from office.

"He needs to be held accountable," said Poe Liberado, who faced loud jeers from Ford fans. "His buffoonery is dangerous, his positions are dangerous and he needs to be taken seriously." 

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The mayor's supporters, however, weren't pleased with the anti-Ford sentiment, with a number of individuals getting into verbal confrontations with the protesters.

At one point, a few Ford fans grabbed the signs being held by the protesters, tore them up, and threw them on the ground, stamping on them in the process. One man claims to have been assaulted. Toronto police said they are investigating the matter. 

"Go home," they yelled. "This is Ford Nation!" One man claims to have been assaulted. Toronto police said they are investigating the matter.

Just two weeks ago, Ford cast the lone dissenting vote for a proposal that would support homeless LGBT youth.

There's video of yesterday's violent incident in which Ford supporters assure the gay rights demonstrators with things like "We don't have anything against you guys. We just have different morals." They then proceed to destroy their pro-LGBT signs and repeatedly chant "Ford Nation." Watch, AFTER THE JUMP.

Also, AFTER THE JUMP, is a Global News segment in which gay rights demonstrators describe yesterday's attacks which include one man who was shoved and struck on the head. A Global News reporter asked Ford about the assaults but the mayor has refused to comment.

Via Joe.My.God.

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Casts Only 'No' Vote on Proposal to Help City's Homeless LGBT Youth

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The Toronto City Council voted 37-1 on "a proposal to find ways to better assist homeless young people who are gay," the Toronto Star reports:

The three-part proposal asks the city’s shelters chief to look into allocating 25 per cent of beds in an existing youth shelter to people who identify as LGBTQ2S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, two-spirited).

It also asks the city to issue a call for expressions of interest in operating a shelter or transitional housing for gay youth, and requires the city to provide anti-homophobia training to all shelter employees.

The lone dissenting vote? Homophobic Mayor Rob Ford.

According to the paper:

Ford, who has a long history of homophobic remarks and opposition to gay initiatives, placed a temporary “hold” on the proposal Tuesday to prevent it from passing unanimously without a vote. He did not explain his opposition.

The vote came a day after Ford refused to stand during a council ovation for the organizers of the World Pride festival. He said later that he is “not homophobic,” but he would not explain why he did not join in the applause.

Despicable.


115 Couples Wed At Toronto WorldPride's Beautiful Mass Gay Wedding: VIDEO

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Here come the brides and grooms! 230 of them, to be exact. In a mass wedding at Toronto WorldPride, 115 gay and lesbian couples become committed in a ceremony presided over by twelve officiants, ranging from a Sikh to a priest and back to a secularist. It was a joyous occasion, with couples coming from around the globe to have their love recognized. But the joy was tempered by the realities of a global community in which LGBT identities and partnerships are not wholly accepted and celebrated.

The Toronto Star reports:

[Chief] officiant Rev. John Joseph Mastandrea reminded those gathered of the violence and intolerance still directed at LGBTQ communities around the world.

His voice caught as he described his decision to wear a rainbow-coloured robe to the ceremony. “Today, I wear it in solidarity with the places in the world that cannot get married,” he told the hundreds inside the tent and the many hundreds more gathered outside.

The mass wedding also served as a source of pride for the city of Toronto, rocked by scandal in the past months due to the drug use and homophobia of mayor Rob Ford. 

Toronto Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, who opened the service with some welcoming remarks, told the Star that the wedding represents a change in attitude for the city and its residents.

“This marks the transition between accepting differences to embracing them,” said Kelly.

Congratulations to the couples and families involved in the wedding! 

Check out footage from the ceremony and testimony from various attendees, AFTER THE JUMP...

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WorldPride 2014 Opening Ceremonies Kick Off in Toronto: VIDEO

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WorldPride officially kicked off its 10 day celebration on Friday with the raising of the rainbow flag at the Toronto City Hall.

Check out footage from the opening ceremony courtesy of Daily Xtra, AFTER THE JUMP

And for more on WorldPride, including when you can catch musical performances by Tegan and Sara, Melissa Etheridge, Steve Grand, and Chely Wright, head HERE

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Gay Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne Brings Wife on Stage After Election Victory: VIDEO

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Ontario elected its first female and lesbian premier Kathleen Wynne last night. Her election also came with a majority government for the Liberals. Wynne brought her wife Jane Rounthwaite up on stage to thank her for her support in a campaign that was largely void of any issues related to her sexual orientation.

The Toronto Sun reports:

In her speech, Wynne called Ontario a "where anyone can be the premier."

"This is a beautiful, inclusive place that we live in," she said.

Thursday's win continues the Liberals' 11-year grip on power at Queen's Park and breaks the shackles of minority government status. It also marks Wynne's first successful test as Liberal leader with the electorate and the second loss served up to Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak - who resigned as leader shortly after the results were announced.

Not surprisingly, Wynne also managed to keep her own seat. She was re-elected Thursday night in Don Valley West - she's held the Toronto seat since 2003.

Watch Wynne's victory speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

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