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UPDATE: Mayor remains seated during ovation for Pride organizers
When councillors gave a standing ovation for World Pride organizers in the council chamber this morning, mayor Rob Ford remained seated.
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When councillors gave a standing ovation for World Pride organizers in the council chamber this morning, mayor Rob Ford remained seated.

Deputy mayor Norm Kelly and councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam thanked a group of organizers who came to city hall today for putting together a successful event.

"You have set a brand new benchmark globally, a new wave of human rights discourse for the LGBT community," councillor Wong-Tam said to organizers.

As councillors stood and turned to the organizers, applauding, the mayor stayed in his seat and sipped on a drink.

Wong-Tam calls the action "ridiculous."

"[The mayor] has no care for this community," she says. "He has disdain for this community."

She says that the mayor is only hurting himself.

"The mayor remains the man who is standing by himself, or sitting by himself, pouting in a corner," Wong-Tam says.

Several hours later, as he was waiting for an elevator, mayor Rob Ford told reporters, "I'm not homophobic."

He would not explain, though, why he did not stand up during the applause.

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When councillors gave a standing ovation for World Pride organizers in the council chamber this morning, mayor Rob Ford remained seated.

Deputy mayor Norm Kelly and councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam thanked a group of organizers who came to city hall today for putting together a successful event.

"You have set a brand new benchmark globally, a new wave of human rights discourse for the LGBT community," councillor Wong-Tam said to organizers.

As councillors stood and turned to the organizers, applauding, the mayor stayed in his seat and sipped on a drink.

Wong-Tam calls the action "ridiculous."

"[The mayor] has no care for this community," she says. "He has disdain for this community."

She says that the mayor is only hurting himself.

"The mayor remains the man who is standing by himself, or sitting by himself, pouting in a corner," Wong-Tam says.

Several hours later, as he was waiting for an elevator, mayor Rob Ford told reporters, "I'm not homophobic."

He would not explain, though, why he did not stand up during the applause.

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