Mayor Ford Sparks More Accusations of Homophobia

Ford was lone vote against initiatives to help youth in the LGBTQ community.

Mayor Rob Ford fuelled accusations that he is homophobic after he was the lone vote against a number of initiatives aimed at helping young people in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning community.  Ford did not comment on the motion on Thursday, but instead released the item shortly after the lunch break prompting an immediate vote. 

In the end, 37 councillors voted in favour of a feasibility study to look into allocating shelter beds to young people within the LGBTQ community and even the possibility of opening a shelter that would specifically cater to their needs.  Mayor Rob Ford was the only person to vote against the decision, prompting openly-gay councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam to call the mayor a homophobe.

“He’s consistent.  He’s done everything he can to demonstrate that this is a community he doesn’t care about.  He has intentionally isolated the community.  I think that there has been more than enough evidence collected by staff through research and surveys that this is something that we do need in terms of an enhancement to their shelter service.  And so once again the mayor stands alone on this vote.” said Councillor Wong-Tam.

When asked by Newstalk 1010’s Amber Gero if the councillor believed the mayor when he told reporters the previous day that he was not homophobic she said that Rob Ford is in fact homophobic.

“There’s probably not too many people left in the city who have been observing his behavior, observing and bearing witness to his actions, that can draw any other conclusion except for the fact that the mayor is a homophobe.”

It was Wednesday when Mayor Rob Ford drew criticism for his refusal to participate in a standing ovation recognizing Wong-Tam and other officials for their efforts to put together World Pride.  Rob Ford did not even applaud as he remained seated. 

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  1. It is becoming posted on 07/11/2014 05:39 AM
    It is becoming more painfully evident everyday that Rob Fords leadership is out of step with the direction and fabric of this city.
    1. Angry Bill posted on 07/11/2014 02:50 PM
      @It is becoming That statement might hold more water for me if this city hadn't voted fiberal.
  2. Suz58 posted on 07/11/2014 08:22 AM
    I don't know Fords reason for voting against this proposal, but personally, I think it is just wrong thinking.

    Why is there a need to put something like this in to practice? I think the key word here is "homeless". That being said, what does it matter what someone's belief are? Any person that belongs to any minority, religious, sexual, race, colour, why is there a need to Center out helping any community...

    Homeless is homeless and sexual preference should have nothing to do with it. It should just be helping homeless regardless of their beliefs, orientation. By making a proposal such as this, is it not segregating and centering out that particular community rather than creating an all inclusive support system for the homeless regardless of their sexual orientation. I call this reverse discrimination. You see it with people with disabilities all the time. Does the LGBTQ community not just want equal rights or preferential treatment?
    1. tanjo posted on 07/11/2014 11:00 AM
      @Suz58 I agree. To me, they just voted AGAINST providing beds to homeless youth unless they fall into one of their LGBTQ categories. The beds should be provided in a non-discriminatory fashion ... either way.

      Has anyone one noticed that the acromym keeps getting bigger? It used to just be called "gay rights" and everyone considered it an inclusive, if inaccurate term. Do they realize that every time some lobbys to get an extra letter added, it makes them look more insecure ? I doubt there egos are really all that fragile, but this is how they make themselves look.

      Besides, not all the terms even refer to the same thing. LGB refer to sexual preferences. T refers to a physical change in gender. Not even sure what Q is. I know it means Queer, but it is significantly different from one of the others?
  3. dama posted on 07/11/2014 12:47 PM
    Any councillor has the right to vote how they vote on any issue, Rob Ford is no different.. he exercised his ONE vote be it positive or negative just because everyone voted yes and Rob No.. showed that democracy prevailed..

    Kristyn Wong Tam just because she is a lesbian, made a big deal out of it..

    Like Suz58 said.. homeless is homeless..
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