Rob Ford’s record on LGBT issues

April 15, 2011

Rob Ford’s record on Pride funding and other LGBTQ issues:

2005: Then-councillor Rob Ford said during a council debate, “I don’t understand a transgender… is it a guy dressed up like a girl or a girl dressed up like a guy?”

2006: Ford argued against city funding for AIDS prevention programs, saying, “If you are not doing needles and you are not gay, you wouldn’t get AIDS probably, that’s bottom line.” He also voted against such programs in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.

2006: Ford was the lone vote against putting up three welcome banners over roadways for the 2006 International AIDS Conference being held in Toronto that year. The city did not require any extra funding to install those banners.

2010: Ford endorsed council candidate and fundamentalist pastor Wendell Brereton, who said, “My kind of Toronto doesn’t parade immorality and call it pride.” In endorsing Brereton, Ford said, “We’re together. We have the same thoughts.”

2010: During his mayoral campaign, Ford said, “I support traditional marriage. I always have.”

While trying to distance himself from homophobic attack ads, Ford called homosexuality a “lifestyle choice.”

2011: In February, Ford was the only member of council to vote against accepting $100,000 from the province to establish screening programs for syphilis and HIV.