Sunday, July 03, 2011
Some people say Toronto mayor Rob Ford should be at the Pride Parade in Toronto today instead of enjoying family time at his cottage. Ford insists that this isn't a slight on the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered community. It's just family tradition going back to his childhood.
The reaction to his announcement two weeks ago was swift and severe. There was criticism on the front page of the Globe and Mail and a discussion on CBC radio. Some members of the GLBT community (is in incorrect to call such a varied group of people a community?) claimed that they didn't want him there anyway. It was pointed out that every mayor since Barbara Hall has been part of the parade. I guess that means all Toronto mayors until the end of time must participate.
I confess that I found the indignation rather overdone. I don't like Mayor Ford very much, but if he had decided to blow off the Serbian Canadian parade for the cottage some weekend would there have been much of a furor? Does every mayor join the Labour Day parade or they off enjoying a long weekend like most mortals?
I realize that some conservative Christians are cheering his decision as heroic, but I'm not with them. This isn't a religious issue, even if the parade will be "church" for a lot of people today. Maybe Ford is mean spirited -- I wouldn't put it past hime. Maybe that's his choice. I just wonder when we will calm down as a society on circumstances like this. I figure that parades are for people who want to join the party, not those who are forced onto the bandwagon.