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Mayor Tory Missed Opportunity to Speak Up for Gay Chechens

Human rights organizations like Rainbow Railroad are calling on the Canadian government to grant emergency visas to people trying to escape.

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Mayor John Tory at the annual City Hall flag-raising for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17. Photo by Marina Tyszkiewic.

At the annual International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and
Biphobia flag-raising ceremony on the roof of Toronto City Hall, Mayor
John Tory spoke generally about inclusivity, but was silent on the crisis currently unfolding in Chechnya, a human rights emergency involving government-organized kidnappings, torture, and murder of hundreds of gay, and presumed to be gay and bisexual men.
Keep reading: Mayor Tory Missed Opportunity to Speak Up for Gay Chechens

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May Council Preview: Relief Lines, Budget Directions, Pride Motions, and Cricket

Here's some of the items you'll want to keep your eye on this week.

Photo courtesy of Shaun Merritt, from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

Photo courtesy of Shaun Merritt, from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

It’s that time of the month—City Council will meet this week for its May session. Amidst a climate of challenges facing Toronto—an increasingly dire housing crisis, the continued severity of the opioid epidemic, and political intractability surrounding budgets and transit among them—tensions are mounting. This month’s Council session is likely to be no different. With a number of key items set to be debated that will frame Toronto politics heading into the final year of Tory’s first term, expect both tense, and likely lengthy, debate.

Keep reading: May Council Preview: Relief Lines, Budget Directions, Pride Motions, and Cricket

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The Blue Jays Have a Homophobia Problem. How Do We Fix It?

There is an institutional responsibility to address the culture of toxic masculinity in the wake of Kevin Pillar's anti-gay slur.

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Toronto Blue Jays mascot, Ace, and Aaron GlynWilliams, former Pride Toronto co-chair in 2015. Photo via Pride Toronto’s Flickr pool.

Back in 2012, then Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar was suspended for three games. He had appeared on field after writing, in Spanish, a homophobic slur in his eye black—something that might have gone unnoticed if a fan in the stands hadn’t caught it on camera. Keep reading: The Blue Jays Have a Homophobia Problem. How Do We Fix It?