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Kathleen Wynne to be first Ontario premier to march in Toronto gay pride parade


TORONTO – Canada’s first openly-gay premier, Ontario’s Kathleen Wynne, will march into history later this month when she becomes the first sitting premier to take part in Toronto’s annual gay pride parade.

Wynne, who is married to Jane Rounthwaite and has three children and two grandchildren, said attending gay pride activities is an annual event for her.

“Well it’s part of summer you know,” said told The Canadian Press in an interview.

“Every year I take part in the Pride events. Jane and I go to the Pride and Remembrance run on Saturday morning. I go to the church service, which is always very, very moving, on Sunday morning, and of course I walk in the parade.”

Brenda Cossman, director of the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto, said Wynne’s participation in the parade sends the best possible message.

“Those of us in prominent positions, whether it be politics, business, entertainment, academia, need to lead by example,” said Cossman.

“We have an obligation to the next generation to be out; to show them that they too will be able to find their way in the world. Premier Wynne exemplifies this kind of leading by example, yet does it with extraordinary humility.”

Pride week is hugely important for some people who are shut out of family holidays and gatherings because they are not accepted for who they are, said Wynne.

“I’ve had people from the lesbian, gay, bi and trans community say to me that Pride is like the biggest celebration of the year for them because they’re not part of their families, they’re excluded from family holidays,” she said.

“So Pride is like their extended family acknowledging them.”

It’s important to celebrate Pride week to remind people that gays are still being persecuted in many other countries, added Wynne.

“Unfortunately we still need a Pride celebration because homophobia is alive and well, not just here in some places in Ontario, but in many parts of the world where you can still be imprisoned or beaten for being gay, lesbian or trans,” she said.

Wynne said the recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America to allow gay scouts but maintain a ban on gay scout leaders shows society is still struggling with the issue.

“It demonstrates that people still struggling with their own internalized homophobia, and I get that,” she said.

“I understand that it’s an issue for people, but that’s all the more reason that those of us who are so privileged to live in an open society continue to speak out about how important it is not to discriminate against people because of who they are.”

Former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty often attended Pride week festivities, but never marched in the huge parade that draws more than one million people to the streets of downtown Toronto.

Wynne, 60, wasn’t aware that no other Ontario premier has marched in the huge pride parade before.

“Well this one will be…and proudly so,” she said.

Cossman said the fact Wynne didn’t know she’d be walking into the history books next Sunday is very telling.

“What I think is so wonderful about Premier Wynne is precisely that she was unaware that it was a big deal that she would be marching in the Pride parade, because for her it is not a big deal” said Cossman.

“Hopefully, one day, it really won’t be a big deal for the rest of us.”

In a recent speech to the Ontario Public Service Pride Network, Wynne said questions about her sexual orientation that came up regularly during the Liberal leadership race that she won in January stopped once she became premier.

“I’ve travelled all across this province. Can I tell you how many people have raised the issue of my sexual orientation” None. Not a one.”

What’s billed as Toronto’s 33rd annual Pride parade will be held Sunday, June 30, but Pride week itself kicked off June 21 with a barbecue, concert and party.

There will also be many other activities, including the Trans Pride march in downtown Toronto June 28, and the annual Dyke march June 29.

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Kathleen Wynne to be first Ontario premier to march in Toronto gay pride parade

  1. That there is such a thing as a gay pride parade speaks volumes about society. Now try this in the Middle East.

    • This is the same kind of shit that started the holocaust.. Israel is our ally and we need to support them. If 6,500,000,000 goy have to die for Israel war we are doing it for God’s chosen people. The DNA of Ashkenazim Jews are the highest breed of this planet. If you curse the Jews,Yahweh forbid, you live a life of suffering and pain as you are poking God in the eye evertime you point fingers at Israel.
      Quit whining about your shortcomings in life, the Jews worked hard to get a decent income you lazy bum and Yeshu ass kisser.

      • And since when did fake jews have dna of real jews? AshkaNAZI’s are just wanna be terrorist of the world. Do some homework, learn the truth of this parasitic terroristic people. The time for terrorist Israel is almost over, get with reality its really cool stuff.

  2. Plagiarism inspired by Chris Spence from some self-hating Jew convert named Brother Nathanel

    CBS is owned by Murray Rothstein. He changed his name to Sumner Redstone to pass himself off as a blue-blooded Gentile.

    NBC is owned by Brian Roberts who with his sitcom, “The New Normal,”
    is corrupting the morals of our youth and annihilating the core of a
    stable society, the traditional family.

    [Clip: “Hi Everybody! I would like you to meet Brian. He is my life
    partner, my fiance in fact. We’re getting married. And we’re having a
    baby boy soon. Just two men in love.”]

    ABC is owned by Sydney Bass with Robert Iger as CEO, successor to Michael Eisner.

    CNN — along with Time and People Magazine — all under the umbrella of
    Time-Warner—is primarily owned by Israeli multi-millionaire Aviv Novo
    who hired a public relations company to shield him from public exposure.
    CNN’s CEO is Jeff Zucker, former CEO of NBC.

    Fox News is owned by Rupert Murdoch—born to Jewish mother Elisabeth Greene—making him by Talmudic law, a Jew.

    In the print media, Murdoch also owns the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post.

    Newsweek is owned by Jane Harman and Barry Diller.

    Harman’s Newsweek is pushing that Jewish-orchestrated “red line” over
    which even more American Gentile soldiers will spill their blood for
    the Jews in Syria and Iran.

    [Clip: “Former Secretary Baker said if sanctions fail and in fact
    Iran is about to get a nuclear weapon then you had to take it out. That
    seems to be the opinion of the president as well. “The president
    essentially said that. He said we’re not in favor of containment. And he
    basically said at AIPAC, I was there a few two months ago, that he has a
    red line.”]

    The Washington Post is owned by the Meyer-Graham family, with Donald
    Graham as Chairman. Dave Goldberg is CEO and Barry Diller is Senior

    And the New York Times, America’s foremost print media, is owned by
    the Sulzberger family, with Arthur Sulzberger Jr as Chairman of the

    Even now, the Times is repeating the “Weapons of Mass Destruction Lie” to get us into yet another war for the Jews in Syria.

    You see, the only news you’re going to get is what the Jews deem fit to print.

    And even what they DON’T print is ALSO what you get.

  3. The amount of hate directed at gays, Jews etc…and the sheer ignorance involved….is always amazing.

    • True. Even if you disagree with certain lifestyles, philosophies, or other controversial topics, it would be nice if people would listen and think rather than just react and yell. Hate is never good, even if you disagree.

  4. Just so you know, the powers that be are intent on destroying family, they care not for the homosexuals, but only support them, because they assist in destroying the family. Another thing, what is there to be proud of being a homosexual and completely unnatural? What an empty lot we have become.

    • Homosexuality is not unnatural dum dum. The rectum is a tighter area than the vagina. Two men in love is nothing obscure. Have you been reading the hate-filled Koran or listening to Moslem dictators? I’ve never seen such a homophobic retard like you.

      Oral s*x and anal s*x are completely healthy and it prevents pregnancies. The anus has lots of nerve endings and it is relatively clean once it is washed, just as the vagina needs to be washed or else it will smell fishy.

      I’m a Principal at the Toronto District School Board and I see nothing wrong with people being gay. We have the Charter and Human Rights code, or do you believe in a Moslem dictatorship or Nazi regime where homosexuals are persecuted and dying???

      6 million Jews died in the World War 2 because of dangerous accusations, similar to which you have typed against minorities.

      • 6 million Jews died because of attitudes similar to those who support abortion (get rid of people or would-be people that you don’t want), not those who oppose homosexuality. That fact that we have Principals as ignorant and rude (see derogative use of the word “retard” in your own post) speaks to the major problem we have in Ontario with a very bias and anti traditional curriculum we see being forced on our children. I don’t hate homosexuals, but I have the charter right to (as you say) to have a problem with it.