Councillor claims Rob Ford is homohpobic

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam at the PFLAG flag-raising ceremony in Nathan Phillips Square Thursday...

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam at the PFLAG flag-raising ceremony in Nathan Phillips Square Thursday with surprise attendee, Mayor Rob Ford. (Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun)

Don Peat, City Hall Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 8:32 PM ET

TORONTO -- Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam accused Mayor Rob Ford of being “homophobic” Thursday.

The sharp criticism from the only openly gay member of council came after Ford was the lone vote against a request for a report on the feasibility of allocating 25% of shelter beds to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth in an existing youth shelter.

“The mayor is homophobic,” Wong-Tam told reporters after the 37-1 vote. “All I can tell you is that in the private sector if there was anyone that behaved in such a obvious way and exhibited such discriminatory behaviour, I think that they would be reprimanded.

“This clearly demonstrates there are two different standards here, one for Mayor Ford and one for everyone else.”

Ford has repeatedly denied he’s homophobic.

His spokesman didn’t respond Thursday to the accusation or a request for an explanation on how the mayor voted.


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