The 32-year-old city councilor responded on Facebook last month to a NOW Magazine reporter’s assumption that he was gay like so: “Amused but not entire surprised to learn in NOW magazine that I’m supposedly gay. Easy mistake, given my great relationship with LGBTQ people/communities, and our long-standing mutual support. But so as not to mislead anyone, I should correct the record: I’m not, in fact, gay.”
Moreover, in an interview with Canada’s The Star, Giambrone was amused by the rumors that he’s anything but straight: “Giambrone, who was laughing throughout an interview with the Star, said there have been rumours about his sexuality. Some people have even asked him if he’s gay. Others have asked his partner, Sarah, about it. Giambrone said she’s used to it. ‘I’ve told people it doesn’t matter, but because it was in a magazine I thought I might as well take an opportunity to clarify that,’ said Giambrone, who also called the magazine to set the record straight.”
Except maybe there’s a modicum of truth to the rumors?
A one Maurie Sherman called in to a morning radio show to claim he went on a blind date with Giambrone three years ago. They only had dinner, but it was definitely a date, he says; Giamrbone picked up the tab. The comment about his sexuality came via text — Giambrone told him he was bisexual prior to their date at the restaurant Il Fornello. They’ve spoken a few times since, but Sherman is now happily partnered, as is Giambrone (though, as he’s admitted, there are multiple partners).
Are we to believe every radio caller’s stories? Of course not. But as reader Adam, who tipped us off to the story about the “incompetent mayoral candidate,” says via email: “Nobody in Toronto believes he’s straight.” But: “The interesting/cool thing about Toronto is that being gay here is as relevant as having brown hair. The leading candidate for mayor is married to a man and has talked publicly about doing party drugs and nobody cares.”