Why @dreahouston is a goddess and the rest of us mere mortals | #onpoli #CanQueer #PrideTO #homophobia

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Populist-homophobe Tim Hudak has shown up to the Pride VIP reception at the 519. @dreahouston goes in for the kill:

via Populist-homophobe Tim Hudak has shown up to the Pride VIP reception at the 519. @dreahouston goes in for the kill:.

H/t @goldsbie.

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Owning your privilege: Saturday morning on the Tweeter

[View the story “Owning your privilege – a teachable moment with @neville_park, @madhatressTO, and @c_9” on Storify]

[View the story “Owning your privilege – a teachable moment with @neville_park, @madhatressTO, and @c_9” on Storify]via Owning your privilege – a teachable moment with @neville_park, @madhatressTO, and @c_9 (with tweets) · sol_chrom · Storify.

http://storify.com/sol_chrom/owning-your-privilege-a-teachable-moment-with-nevi

Sometimes it happens right in front of you in real time. Not saying I’m always the quickest learner, but even a clueless old white guy can occasionally recognize a worthwhile lesson. Especially when the cybersphere is roiled by questions of privilege, sexism and condescension.

Mississippi Conservative Calls For Putting #LGBT People To Death | Addicting Info | #uspoli

I’m not going to say Christopher Hitchens was perfect, or absolutely right about everything, but when he argued that religion poisons everything, well … looking at schmucks like this, it’s hard to argue with him.

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For @TOMayorFord, credit where it’s due | #TOpoli

Yeah, I know, I know

But I spend so much time dumping on him, it’s only fair to acknowledge when he does something good.

And that’s not to minimize the “so what? It’s part of his job” argument. 

Nor is it to suggest that the mayor doesn’t have a ways to go.

It’s a question of context. You just know that this was way out of Rob Ford’s comfort zone. And it’s something we want to encourage, regardless of whether his motivation was genuine or whether we agree with him on other files or not. 

So, way to go, Rob. You did good. Keep it up.

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Via @hamutaldotan: Rob Ford Should Participate in Pride. Period. | politics | Torontoist #TOpoli #LGBT

A terrific piece from Hamutal Dotan. Read it now.

She goes through all the political, ethical and symbolic arguments in favour of Rob Ford’s participation, so I won’t repeat them here. The only observation I’d make is to wonder, who in god’s name is advising him these days?

We can debate about whether this is a big-picture or little-picture thing, but even that’s beside the point. It’s also beside the point to speculate about how the mayor may feel, personally, about our gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and/or queer brothers and sisters.

And in her inimitably classy way, Kristyn Wong-Tam’s trying to throw him a rope:

https://twitter.com/#!/nowtorontonews/status/192668562744295425

Leaving aside Team Ford’s approach to contracting out, or transit, or waterfront redevelopment, or revenue versus spending, or any of the other major files involved in municipal governance, this seems like such a no-brainer. You show up, you read a statement of support, you pose for a few pictures, and then you head for the cottage. Five minutes, for chrissakes. Of all the things he’s getting beaten up for, this seems so easy to avoid.

Hello, Ford handlers? Someone want to explain this, please?

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Via @hamutaldotan: Rob Ford Should Participate in Pride. Period. | politics | Torontoist #TOpoli #LGBT

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A terrific piece from Hamutal Dotan. Read it now.

She goes through all the political, ethical and symbolic arguments in favour of Rob Ford’s participation, so I won’t repeat them here. The only observation I’d make is to wonder, who in god’s name is advising him these days?

And in her inimitably classy way, Kristyn Wong-Tam’s trying to throw him a rope:

We can debate about whether this is a big-picture or little-picture thing, but even that’s beside the point. It’s also beside the point to speculate about how the mayor may feel, personally, about our gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and/or queer brothers and sisters.

Leaving aside Team Ford’s approach to contracting out, or transit, or waterfront redevelopment, or revenue versus spending, or any of the other major files involved in municipal governance, this seems like such a no-brainer. You show up, you read a statement of support, you pose for a few pictures, and then you head for the cottage. Five minutes, for Chrissakes. Of all the things he’s getting beaten up for, this seems so easy to avoid.

Hello, Ford handlers? Someone want to explain this, please?

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Video: Laura Fitch, Jaime Jenett and Simon Lev Fitch-Jenett in Listen From the Heart

A film by Antony Osso for The Devotion Project.

My amazingly awesome family. I cried on seeing this. (Well, except when Jaime describes Simon as all Jew, all the time. Everyone needs a hobby.)

You can see and read more at Team Shimmy.

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Video: Laura Fitch, Jaime Jenett and Simon Lev Fitch-Jenett in Listen From the Heart

A film by Antony Osso for The Devotion Project.

My amazingly awesome family. I cried on seeing this. (Well, except when Jaime describes Simon as all Jew, all the time. Everyone needs a hobby.)

You can see and read more at Team Shimmy.

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Rick Santorum: ‘I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them someone else’s money.”

motherjones:

Said to a mostly white Iowa audience. Interestingly, white welfare recipients outnumber black recipients slightly nationwide…and nine-to-one in Iowa. Which makes you wonder: Why’s Rick bothering to single out African Americans on the dole? Hm.

To this I can only add this.

Rick Santorum: ‘I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them someone else’s money.”