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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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Trouble Brews In Pilot Episode Of New Gay Web Series, 'Other Men': VIDEO

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We brought you the trailer in March, but now the pilot for new web series "Other Men" has finally arrived. And it makes a strong impression.

Written by Ben Ladouceur, the first episode finds Jerry (Nathan Carroll) reflecting on the events of his first year in Toronto, having moved from a small town to pursue an English degree. He's seen refusing a phone call from Hank (G. Kyle Shields), a playwright who, we find out, took Jerry under his wing and became his boyfriend. In just fifteen minutes, things go from pleasant romanticism to biting betrayal.

It is hard to say just yet how the plot will develop. Will the entire series take place within one year, or will we see Jerry move on from his reflection? One thing is for sure: there's little of the sassy wit or stereotypical gay humor we've become accustomed to in many web series on display here. It is a refreshing and dramatic twist on the genre. 

Check out the pilot of "Other Men" now, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Toronto To Host Mass Gay Wedding For 200 Couples During World Pride In June: VIDEO

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Toronto will be hosting World Pride this June, and the organizers have got a record-breaking idea up their sleeve. 

On June 26th, 200 LGBTQ couples will be invited to tie the knot at the world's largest queer wedding. The event is called A Celebration of Love: A Grand Pride Wedding and it will take place in the gardens at Casa Loma, a beautiful castle in the city. 

Because World Pride is an international event, couples from countries where same-sex marriages are not yet legal will have the opportunity to be recognized. Councilor Kristyn Wong-Tam and deputy mayor Norm Kelly also see the event as part of a healing process after anti-gay remarks and actions from mayor Rob Ford.

Now Toronto reports:

Wong-Tam, the only openly gay council member, said the celebration is also a chance for Toronto to turn the page after Mayor Rob Ford made international headlines with his anti-gay actions. In February Ford tried to have the Pride flag removed from a ceremonial pole outside City Hall. Last week he was caught on tape making disparaging remarks about “the gays” who led the flag-raising campaign...

“I think that it’s time for us to show a different face of Toronto, to demonstrate that this is a city of equality and inclusive values, a city that celebrates all its diverse communities,” Wong-Tam said.

She noted that the city has a proud history of protecting LGBTQ rights. In 1973 council passed a motion prohibiting discrimination against city employees based on their sexual orientation, the first legislation of its kind in Canada. The first same-sex marriages in Canada took place here in 2001, four years before Parliament passed legislation making them legal.

That history “can’t be undone by just one person,” Wong-Tam said.

The event will be free to the couples who choose to participate, there will be officiants from a variety of religious and non-religious backgrounds in attendance, and...

The wedding colours will, of course, be rainbow.

Check out Councilor Wong-Tam and Deputy Mayor Kelly's invitation video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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