Slow news weeks mean the press has to synthesize, to take the story of the day and make it new by microwaving it, adding some special sauce and informing the dining public why we should eat the same meal for the third day in the row. And so, in this week of drizzle and fizzle, it should come as no surprise that gay marriage is being reheated like a Morrison’s Cafeteria Special. CP talks about the cash-injection that going gay can provide, and in these post-Sars days of Miller belt-tightening (and hair-whitening) Torontoist is glad the gay parade is getting a little recognition for the much-needed bucks city councils are only too happy to accept. The U.S.’ gay travel budget alone is estimated at $54 billion, and according to even-handed but impressed press reports, ‘they like us, they really like us.’
In the Globe, there’s discussion of the burgeoning gay wedding industry, though the gay wedding expo is nothing new. There’s also what is perhaps the best name for the service industry that has sprung up to meet gay demand:
“When there’s money, everyone is gay friendly. It’s called gay for pay,” said Ric Tremaine, a bed-and-breakfast proprietor, wedding planner and president of Gay Tourism Toronto.”
Whatever the cause, money in city coffers should please everyone. Fag hagglers, however opportunistic, can hardly be more reprehensible than bureaucracy bilkers.