Will City Council follow Harper’s lead by cutting Pride funding?May 10, 2010
MOTION TO CUT CITY FUNDING FOR PRIDE TORONTO TO BE DEBATED THIS WEEK
A motion submitted by Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7 – York West) will be debated at this weekʼs city council meeting, which will threaten city funding for Pride Toronto, North Americaʼs largest festival for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) community.
Mammolitiʼs anti-gay voting record goes back to 1994 when, as an MPP, he spoke out against his own partyʼs same-sex spousal rights legislation in the Ontario Legislature. He put forward this weekʼs motion in response to the participation of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) in last yearʼs Pride parade.
The motion comes just days after the Harper Conservative government announced that it would no longer provide funds to the annual Pride Toronto festival through its tourism grants program.
“Mammoliti has never been a friend of the LGBT community, and this motion is just a desperate ploy for attention from a fringe mayoral candidate,” says Tim McCaskell, member of QuAIA.
The LGBT community will be watching to see whether city councillors follow Harperʼs lead on Pride funding or reject Mammolitiʼs anti-gay motion.