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NEWS: Rob Ford’s Pride Fumble

FRUITFUL LESSON. Elementary school teacher Geremy Vincent, a.k.a The Dancing Kiwi, (back), with his students (front) at Toronto City Hall's Pride flag-raising ceremony. - PHOTO: Michael Pihach

NEWS: Mayor a no-show at City Hall Pride flag-raising ceremony

Toronto Pride’s rainbow flag-raising ceremony at Toronto City Hall was met with hostile shouts as a handful of members in the crowd noticed their mayor was not going to participate.

“Shame!” shouted an angry man from within the crowd of about 400 supporters who showed up to the ceremony June 27 in front of City Hall.

“It’s a disgrace,” blasted another unidentified male heckler, adding, “We need Miller,” referring to former mayor David Miller, who participated in numerous Pride-related events during his tenure.

The isolated heckling escalated into a collective groan of boos and shouts as city council speaker Frances Nunziata walked up to a stage podium to read the city’s Pride proclamation on behalf of Mayor Ford.

“Where’s the mayor?!” shouted an agitated Dan Fraser, a 48-year-old corrections officer, who stood in the back.

Amidst a few unruly spectators, it didn’t take long for Councillor Nunziata to put her foot down and call for order.

“I think there are people here that would like for me to be here and read the proclamation. I would like to please ask that if you do not agree you have the right to leave,” she said, generating more boos and shouts from the audience.

The hostility simmered as Nunziata read the city’s proclamation from start to finish, with exception to when she said Mayor Ford’s name, at which point protestors began to boo again.

City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam of Ward 27, home to Toronto’s gay and lesbian village, expressed her sympathy with those disappointed by Ford’s absence.

“It’s not always easy to get our allies on our side. And just as when we came out to our parents and grandparents, it takes time,” said Wong-Tam, addressing the audience.

Read the full story at In Toronto


MUSIC NEWS: Amy Winehouse “Too Drunk to Sing” at Belgrade Concert

Amy Winehouse’s European tour got off to a rough start, with a concert that a Serbian newspaper described as “the worst in the history of Belgrade.”

Troubled Grammy-winner Winehouse, who has been attempting a musical comeback, showed up nearly an hour late for Saturday’s concert at Belgrade’s Kalemegdan Park and disappointed the crowd of approximately 20,000 by stumbling about, mumbling through her songs and occasionally exiting the stage — leaving her bewildered band and backup singers performing in her place. (FULL STORY AFTER THE JUMP)



LOCAL NEWS: Gay school assembly criticized [LPF]

Gay school assembly criticized

By QMI Agency

SARNIA – A brief assembly hosted by the Gay Straight Alliance at a Chatham-area high school “crossed the line” and should only be allowed if other minority groups can do the same, says a trustee with the Lambton Kent District School Board.

David Goldsmith said he has no problem with any group promoting an understanding between itself and other students, but wants the privilege extended to other groups.

“I’m sure it was in the interest of diversity,” Goldsmith said. “So in the interest of diversity, when will Christian clubs be allowed to have an assembly?” he asked.

The school has not been identified.

Goldsmith said he’d received numerous calls from parents and teachers about the assembly.

“The impression I received is that they felt this group had stepped outside the parameters of the Education Act, which says no group can attempt to indoctrinate other students in a public school,” he said. [READ MORE VIA LFP]


VIDEO: Newt Gingrich Hit With Glitter at a Minnesota Family Council

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista were hit with glittery confetti by a protester (Nick Espinosa) Tuesday during the couple’s appearance at a book-signing. Espinosa told ABC News: “Today, I invited Newt to feel the rainbow because he decided to bring his antigay politics to my state. Newt has a long history of antigay politics and has chosen to focus on divisive social issues instead of working to fix our economy. I don’t think a free will adulterer like Newt has any ground to stand up while telling others who they can and can’t love.”


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LOCAL NEWS: Gay Students Get Support

Lucas students Sarah Holmes and Keegan MacNeil attended the 5th annual gay-straight alliance conference, organized by the Thames Valley District School Board Safe Schools on Friday at board office in London. There were 150 students and teachers representing 28 schools who attended the event. (SUE REEVE The London Free Press)

Dozens of students from 22 high schools across the Thames Valley District school board gathered at its London headquarters Friday for a gay-straight alliance conference.

And though the theme of the conference was “it gets better” – playing on an international campaign to tell lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youths that life gets better after the struggles and bullying many face in high school – it was easy to tell that, in many ways, it already is better.

“This is a miracle, what is happening now, compared to where I came from,” said London author Donald D’Haene, who spoke about his tortured youth and the bullying he faced as a teenager.

“I never heard one student or teacher talk about anything gay in a positive way in all my 12 years of school,” he said.

Thirty years later, there were many teachers in the crowd and 20 of the board’s 28 high schools have gay-straight alliances – set up by students with the support of staff in an effort to provide a comfortable, accepting environment for all students at the school.

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