Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has asked the city manager to remove a rainbow Pride flag at city hall that was raised to coincide with the Winter Olympics in Russia, the CBC reports.  

Rainbow flags have been raised in several Canadian cities over recent days in order to show solidarity with LGBT Russians and athletes — both silenced under Russia’s anti-gay laws. 

“This is about Olympics,” Ford said Feb 7. “This is about being patriotic to your country; this is not about someone’s sexual preference.”

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Ford’s objection to the rainbow flag at city hall comes on the heels of his Feb 5 announcement that he won’t attend WorldPride festivities this summer in his city.

 

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