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.