Mayor Rob Ford said today that he will not be attending the Pride Flag raising at City Hall on Monday due to another commitment. This is the second year that Ford will not be part of the event.
Mayor Ford announced that he would not be at City Hall's Pride Flag raising Monday today while attending an event for the city's cricket team. He has also said in the past that he will not attend the Pride Parade in order to be with his family at their cottage.
The flag raising at City Hall Monday will kick off Pride Week in Toronto. It is one of the city's biggest events bringing in millions of dollars and tourists.
Last month Ford did attend a flag raising at Queen's Park during the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. During that event Ford said that the LGBT community were an important part of the city's diversity.
City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam tweeted, “Thank you to the 19 city councillors & @TOMayorFord who came out to support PFLAG & commemorate #IDAHO! #TOpoli #canqueer” on May 17.