Pride Photo - Berge Arabian/Rob Ford photo - Cheol Joon Baek
Butt out on Ford, longhair
Michael Hollett, who the hell do you think you are? If Mayor Rob Ford doesn't want to attend the Pride parade (NOW, June 30-July 6), then his wishes should be respected.
Who would want to participate in a parade where men wear skimpy pink shorts and wiggle their asses on a float? How would it be if I thought you should cut your hair? How can you put yourself out as a man and run a magazine looking like a woman?
Leave Rob Ford alone. Butt out. It is none of your business.
Bass River, NB
Assault to mayor's senses
I do not like the way Mayor Ford made such a ridiculous excuse for not attending Pride, but aside from that, I sympathize with him. If Ford did attend the parade, he would probably be violently assaulted, and the same persons who invited him would stand by and do nothing to defend him.
Put Ford cash to gay use
What a generous offer, to pay for a flight to get Mayor Ford back into the city for the Pride parade! Clearly, he did not take you up on the offer, so why not put the money to good use and donate it to an LGBTQ organization in Ford's name? Maybe he will show up next year.
Pride a tawdry sleazefest
How refreshing to read that in our current climate of austerity, NOW Magazine has offered to pick up the $4,000 tab for Mayor Ford to charter a flight from his cottage to make an appearance at Pride.
Yeah, I get the sarcasm, but Michael Hollett needs to step out of the 1980s with his petulant gay activist rhetoric. We are entering the dawn of a new gay in 2011, and tawdry sleazefests of promiscuity and exhibitionism only reinforce public prejudice against the LGBT.
Fun not on right's agenda
Cynics might say there is a profound right-wing agenda to marginalize the LBGT community. Why else would Rob Ford duck out of Pride? Furthermore, why would the PCs [avoid] any participation? Let's be real: the Greens, the NDP and even the Liberals had some fun. Maybe during these tough economic times, fun isn't in the Conservative credo?
Love for Kristyn Wong-Tam
I just wanted to put something on the record that Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam was too humble to talk about in her Love Letter To My Community (NOW, June 30-July 6). When I came out back in the day, Councillor Wong-Tam was the coordinator of my lesbian youth support group at the 519. She was very concerned about ensuring that youth got peer support. She got me signed up as a phone councillor and went from high school to high school talking about the challenges young people face in coming out.
She was very focused on ensuring that LGBT youth knew we were not alone. Thanks, Kristyn. We love you, too.
Cyclists Union's naive no-no
I read It's Hurry Up & Stop On Bike Plan (NOW, June 23-29) with great interest. Overall, however, it [takes] a depressing view of the state of cycling in the city. Not that there aren't things to be depressed about. Amalgamation reared its ugly head at the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee meeting as PWIC approved the removal of bike lanes on Birchmount, Pharmacy and Jarvis. I was mad as hell. It's crazy.
And yet there are reasons to be optimistic. Denzil Minnan-Wong's motion to study protected bikeways on Richmond and Sherbourne was passed.
While the article slams the routes chosen for separated bike lanes, there is method to those choices. They would replace existing routes that may not have been the best choices for bike lanes in the first place.
Director, Membership and Outreach
Toronto Cycists Union
Tar sands tipping point
Regarding Adria Vasil's advice on what to do to push for change in the tar sands (NOW, June 16-22).
Environmentalists are up against the largest energy project in the world. The 24/7 operations are demolishing the boreal forest, contributing to skyrocketing cancer rates and killing our climate. Canada's doctors are calling for a moratorium on dirty oil, and we all need to keep up consistent pressure for the government to put an end to tar sands production and invest in clean energy now.
Fine strokes on art history
In reply to the Art of Too Easy (NOW, June 9-15). I sigh with regret when someone says that compared to some talented old dead New York-based artists, our new artists just aren't good enough. This is really missing the point.
When the abstract expressionists were first showing, critics complained that it wasn't great art like what Michelangelo did (who was also very talented, in his own way).