Some things just never change.
Hogtown mayor Rob Ford isn't homophobic—according to him. And of course, his brother Doug, who says that Rob has "gay friends" (which is the first defense anyone uses when they're accused of discrimination).
Nonetheless, Ford continues to display homophobic behaviour.
As Toronto City Hall recognized the success of WorldPride Toronto with a standing ovation, Ford—unsurprisingly but still annoyingly—remained seated.
Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly expressed his disappointment about Ford's behaviour.
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, who is openly gay and was recognized for her work on WorldPride, asked Ford to lift a hold on exploring options for shelter beds for LGBT people so that council could vote on it.
Ford—surprise, surprise—denied the request.
When asked by reporters if he's homophobic, guess how he answered?
“You guys have asked me this question for 14 years, OK? And you know the answer. I’m not homophobic," he said.
He also refused to answer questions as to why he sat out of the standing ovation.
The communicative Ford has infamously avoided attending any Toronto Pride parade. He also didn't attend Pride flag raising ceremonies at Toronto City Hall for two years until he suddenly appeared unexpectedly at the flag-raising for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in 2013 and later attended the Pride proclamation ceremony later that same year.
When high-school teacher Joe Killoran, out for a jog, encountered Ford at a Canada Day parade and started grilling him, a video of him went viral. Killoran consequently inspired the Shirtless Horde—a group of shirtless protestors who hold demonstrations wherever Ford makes appearances.
Perhaps we're seeing the birth of the Canadian equivalent of Femen?
Whatever the case, it'll be interesting to see if the Shirtless Horde gets a rise out of Ford. Because you know what they say about homophobes...