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City of Toronto defers Pride de-funding motion

In a close 24-21 vote, Toronto City Council has voted to bounce Giorgio Mammoliti's motion to revoke funding Pride Toronto back to the executive committee. Their reason? Because Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) has not yet officially applied to participate in the parade.

In April, Mammoliti announced an ultimatum as part of his mayoral candidacy: QuAIA had 24 hours to withdraw from the parade, or he would move to have Pride Toronto de-funded. QuAIA called his bluff, and Pride Toronto remained mum.

On May 7, the federal government announced it would not lend a hand to Pride Toronto, sparking outrage among gays and opposition parties (but surprise from neither.)

The executive committee meets next on Monday, May 17 — which happens to be International Day Against Homophobia.

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