Mayor Rob Ford is 'not homophobic,' Doug Ford says

Coun. Doug Ford arrives at city hall in Toronto on February 5, 2014. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

Coun. Doug Ford arrives at city hall in Toronto on February 5, 2014. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

Don Peat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:49 PM ET

TORONTO — Toronto Coun. Doug Ford defended his brother Mayor Rob Ford’s decision to keep skipping Toronto’s Pride parade because he doesn’t want to see “buck naked men running down the street.”

Ford’s defence came as councillors questioned the mayor’s refusal to attend Pride, particularly this year when the city is hosting World Pride, and Pride officials revealed they might not even invite Ford to the event given past “homophobic” comments.

“You guys have been doing this for four years. We’re used to it,” Counc. Ford told reporters. “He’s not homophobic, he has friends that are gay, he just chooses not to go.

“I spoke to some folks in the gay community and they said they aren’t going because they didn’t like the idea of men running - middle-aged men with pot bellies - running down the street buck naked and they didn’t feel comfortable they could take their kids there.”


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