Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Won’t Attend Pride, Or, “Naked Middle-Aged, Pot-Bellied Men” Fest

rob-ford-gay-prideToronto’s legendary crack-smoking mayor Rob Ford may have the moves, but he definitely won’t be getting his groove on when his city hosts World Pride this year. At a mayoral event at the Scarborough University of Toronto campus this week, Ford revealed he will not attend the LGBT event because “I can’t change who I am.”

Oh, okay.

“I’ve never been to a Pride parade,” Ford says in video of the incident. Councillor Shelley Carroll said the mayor’s position on the subject is “thinly veiled homophobia” and even compared his opposition to using tax dollars to fund Pride to Russia’s anti-gay legislation.

In another not-so-thinly-veiled homophobic statement to the press, Ford’s brother Doug Ford backed his opposition to Pride events by proclaiming he “doesn’t want to see buck naked men running down the street.”

He continued with an impromptu interview at city hall:

I spoke to some folks in the gay community and they said they weren’t going because they didn’t like the idea of men running, middle aged men with pot bellies, running down the street buck naked. Let me tell you something, I brought my kids down there, and I wouldn’t bring my kids back when there was buck naked men running down the street. I’m not dissing anyone in the gay community, there’s a lot of great people that make up this city in the gay community, which are friends of mine. But, no, do I condone men running down the middle of Yonge Street buck naked? Aboslutely not.

To provide a brief recap: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford would rather smoke crack at home with strippers than attend gay pride. Classy.

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  • tada-no

    The only pride parade that is family safe is in D.C. Those gays that work in federal government sector understand that they have to behave so D.C. Pride is notorious for being “boring” aka too straight like and no lubes and giant dildo themed floats.

  • litper

    It would sound believable if he didn’t order rainbow flag to be taken down at the same day!

  • Gigi Gee

    From the Globe and Mail: “Mr. Ford’s brother, Councillor Doug Ford, defended the mayor’s decision, saying his brother isn’t homophobic and has gay friends.”

    UH HUH! Haven’t heard that one before. I don’t understand the problem. I thought clowns like colors.

  • litper

    @Gigi Gee: bad job right wing troll

  • Mike

    When is that fat ass going to have a heart attack and die?

  • Stefano

    Toronto is dead boring anyways.

  • yaoming

    I think gays would actually welcome this guy if he showed up in the Pride parade, so I think he should reconsider, considering he needs all the help he can get at this point.

  • Tookietookie123

    Well, to be honest, I think the gay community should tone down gay pride parades a tad bit, I get it, it’s great to celebrate pride, but I don’t think that includes walking down a street half naked and like someone in the comment section already said, having “lubes” and “giant dildo themed floats”. Conservatives use these parades as a basis to assume we’re perverts, and we’re only fueling the fire by adding to the stereotype. We need to clean up our image, if not for us, then for the people of other nations who are being oppressed because their politicians think we’re perverts that want to bring that sort of mentality to their children(an absolutely absurd notion they hang onto dearly).

  • litper

    @Tookietookie123: there’s no denying the dildos and lewd activity at the parades should be banned. It’s other Rob Ford actions which show he’s just making really lame excuses for his homophobia.

  • barkomatic

    @Tookietookie123: Why are half naked men ok on the beach, jogging, or riding a bike but NOT ok in a parade? My theory is that because said men are now in the context of a gay event and are by default viewed as perverted.

    We are a sexual minority, so naturally that’s going to be emphasized in a parade. I don’t think any children are going to be traumatized by seeing shirtless gays dancing without their shirts or even the sight of a dildo float. In NYC straight parents bring their kids to the gay pride parade and they get their faces painted and have fun. I don’t think it should be the goal of the gay community to impress uptight straight people.

  • DShucking

    He is absolutely repulsive.

  • ttzach

    @barkomatic: There’s a difference between a speedo and assless chaps. I don’t understand what being proud of being gay and loving men has to do with dildos, provocative clothing and sometimes nudity. I’m wouldn’t be proud of behaviour like that in front of children. It’s a parade, not a protest.

  • MK Ultra

    @Tookietookie123: But why tone down the Pride parades? The dildos, provocative clothing and sometimes nudity have been featured for a long time now…and the Pride parade has only become more popular, more large, more attended, more sponsored. We’ve only gotten more rights in the last few years. Bad for our image? Try the best thing to happen to our image!
    And Pride is our image. And it’s a popular image that has spread outside of America to countless countries.
    Compromising yourself so that haters will like us is the EXACT thing we should avoid.

  • Jackhoffsky


    We are all not that different you know. LOL.

  • hudson

    @Jackhoffsky: our country’s pride and joy. Ick

  • BlackHouston

    I’m glad that Queerty called him out this crackhead. Rob Ford is total a joke so he needs to take a seat.

    On the overt sexuality of pride parades? Who cares? That shouldn’t be an issue, the bigger issue is why is pride structured to celebrate almost exclusive white male sexuality? No room for the other queers and ethnic that fall underthe remaining LBTQ letters?

    I haven’t gone to a mainstream pride in years; I’ll stick to the black gay pride circuit.

  • DarSco

    I just thought about Rob Ford marching in the parade in just his undies …… I need a throwup bag after that thought lol

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  • Mezaien

    Is he going to be missed?.

  • The7thDoctor

    “middle aged men with pot bellies”

    I’m a middle aged man with a pot belly. Ford is a middle aged man with a CAULDRON belly! Talk about the cauldron calling the kettle collect!

    He’s probably more concerned that just the sight of him walking in the middle of the street would so closely resemble a parade float…

    “Ah, yes, the ‘Crack-Mayor’ float is now passing…”

    (Yes, yes… I’m a terrible person. But that dough-boy really annoys me!)

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