January 21, 2014
Toronto Drops Out of 2024 Olympic Bid

Mixed feelings about Toronto not going for the 2024 Olympic bid. I’m not sure how competitive the city will be in 2028 or 2032 compared to others. If a North American city gets 2024 it won’t be worth putting in a bid until 2036.

Then I think “do I even want a homophobic organization like the IOC involved in my city anyway?”

The IOC doesn’t even have the guts to just release a statement saying what’s happening in Russia is wrong and they disagree with it. In fact they have said they will punish any athletes who they deem protesting the law (and they refuse to spell out what that means, it could be kissing or even mentioning their partner, it could be wearing a rainbow pin). Their complacency might as well have been approval.

Perhaps Toronto dropping their bid for 2024 is a blessing in disguise. A city whose greatest strength is it’s acceptance (not tolerance) and celebration of others no matter where they are from, the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, gender, physical ability or religion should not be vying for something that clearly does not hold the same value in equality as it does. 

July 9, 2013
The Advocate Down Plays North America’s Largest Pride

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I wouldn’t have expected this from the Advocate but it happened. The headline reads Photos: Canada’s Largest Pride. The article/photos are of Toronto Pride 2013. Toronto Pride is actually North America’s largest pride and the 3rd largest Pride festival in the world. 

In 2012 the estimated attendance was 1.22 million people. While they are still awaiting official numbers from the organizers and police, as someone who was in the parade and on the street and had been last year, this year was certainly larger. Yet the Advocate listed attendance as “hundreds of thousands” down playing the numbers. I’m not sure why they did this or refused to acknowledge Toronto as the largest pride in North America, my only guess is that because it is in Canada the Advocate doesn’t want its American readers to think they are some how being out done. 

It’s not as if we’re not used to being glossed over here in Canada. We get everything from people thinking it is actually below freezing here for much of the year (in reality the average temperature in Toronto only drops below freezing for two months of the year - January & February), people will ask how long it will take to go from Niagara Falls to Vancouver for a picnic (they are shocked when you tell them 3 days by car, 5 hours by plane). Then you have the looks of amazement when people get to Toronto and see all of the skyscrapers and high-rises, 2nd in number only to NYC (most think Toronto has a couple hundred thousand people, not the over 6 million people the GTA holds). 

Maybe next year when Toronto hosts World Pride (also not mentioned on the Advocate) it will get the attention that North America’s Largest Pride deserves. 

Check out more about Toronto Pride and World Pride 2014 here

Check out some great shots here

May 27, 2013
Loving this Toronto pic.

Loving this Toronto pic.

May 27, 2013
Yes, I posted this over a year ago but I think it’s worthy of a repost at this time. 

Yes, I posted this over a year ago but I think it’s worthy of a repost at this time. 

April 11, 2013

Toronto Police anti-bullying and LGBTQ positive video. Proud to be a part of this wonderful city. 

November 12, 2012

Video from Ontario high school students on Gay-Straight Alliances 

October 10, 2012

Oh Toronto, you’re awesome. Can’t wait until your 148 skyscrapers currently under construction or the hundreds of others that have been proposed are finished. 

July 20, 2012
Stupid Is As Stupid Does - Mayor Rob Ford Attempts to Clarify Anti-Immigrant Statement

It really is depressing that this is what Toronto, the most multicultural city in the world, has for a mayor. At first I was angry and confused, then anger turned into comedy as his blunders were farcical. Now I’m just sad. Sad that Torontonians have another 2 years and 3 months of this bigoted buffoon (no Ford just because that word contains ‘buff’ in it does not mean I’m complimenting you). 

April 6, 2012

To go with the previous post here are some pics of that wonderful market

April 6, 2012
National Geographic Names Toronto's St. Lawrence Market #1 In the World