School board trustees want the city to arrest naked people at the Pride parade, for the children
What happens if a high school student sees a naked dude during the Pride parade? Toronto District School Board trustees Sam Sotiropoulos, Irene Atkinson and John Hastings seem to think the outcome will be something like this—but in any case, they’re not waiting to find out.
The three trustees are tabling a motion at tonight’s school board meeting that calls for TDSB to send a letter to city council “asking them to clarify whether or not the public nudity law of Canada will be upheld and enforced at future Pride events in which the TDSB participates.” The theory here seems to be that students can’t be allowed to march in any parade where they might catch a glimpse of an errant ballsack. (It’s true that there are always some naked or half-naked people at Pride, but the majority of participants are usually fully—if provocatively—clothed.) “It’s simple,” trustee Atkinson told the Star, “I don’t believe males or females should be running around naked in the streets, and if they are, police ought to be called.”
These cries for public decency come a month after Doug Ford attempted to defend his brother the mayor against charges of homophobia by unleashing a public rant about “buck naked men” at Pride. Trustee Sotiropoulos, one of the sponsors of the TDSB motion, faced homophobia allegations of his own a few weeks ago when he used his Twitter account to badger councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam about the parade’s clothing-optional ways.
Making matters even more fraught this year is the fact that Toronto is hosting World Pride 2014. The international LGBT celebration could make this year’s parade bigger and better publicized than ever before. If a few naked guys end up in handcuffs on Yonge Street, there’s a good chance it will find its way onto CNN.
4 thoughts on “School board trustees want the city to arrest naked people at the Pride parade, for the children”
Why do all journalists writing on this topic fail to mention Sam Sotiropoulos’ rantings about “homosexism”, a term he uses to refer to discrimination against straight people from the gay community. This guy is a raging homophobe with a lunacy the level of Georgio Mammolitti’s. Him zeroing in on this issue instead of some actually important issue is not surprising at all given his history.
My humble apologies but could someone come up with a more obvious Conservative wedge issue?
OK, I think I’ve reached my tipping point now… enough
already (head … exploding). Apparently
SANTA will have his ‘wang’ out next November in the parade. However, if it’s
too cold and Shrinkage renders it invisible, he may just go Bottomless in the
Mall as your child sits on his lap… THIS TIME (as opposed to the – overblown
– Ellen Page thingy) it’s the ‘supporters’ of this that are showing their
ignorance and single-minded agenda. Just
hand them a shovel, and they can keep digging
“This guy is a raging homophobe ……”
Not quite as bad as the raging heterophobes who think it’s OK to expose their genitalia in front of young kids at this so-called “pride” event.
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