I’m gay and I wouldn’t blame Doug Ford for avoiding Toronto’s Pride parade

One of the first decisions premier-designate Doug Ford will need to make is whether to march in Toronto’s gay Pride parade later this month. If he doesn’t submit to strolling down Yonge Street while getting soaked by leather-clad men armed with water guns, his critics will claim it’s proof he hates gays.

But there are some perfectly legitimate reasons to skip the annual bash. I’m gay, and I boycotted the parade last year. So did a lot of other people, apparently: Pride’s beverage sales declined from $348,917 in 2016 to $197,336 in 2017.

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