Any time I've asked folks in the Toronto Gay Village for opinions on Mayor Ford, people have been very, very verbal in their disdain for the man that vice.com lovingly calls "the Andy Kaufman of Canadian municipal politics."
The sad fact is, Mayor Ford has historically exhibited a serious "ick" factor for "us kind" of people.
It was, in fact, his love of coaching high school football that led to his downfall.
Yes, the running joke in the classic hit sitcom "Married... With Children."
High school football.
Canadian politics were already a big steaming pile of mess -- our conservative national leader hates big cities, the province of Ontario is flat broke because our transfer payments go to support poorer provinces (like, cough, Quebec), and the City of Toronto has
been duped into taking-on the costs of managing resources that should actually be the responsibility of the province.
The sad fact is, Mayor Ford's ideas to expand the subway system were totally in-line with the gay community's most important need: getting more of us into the city. Until someone convinces me that gay dating sites can work, the best method of acknowledging another's possible interest and proceeding to interact in a safe and comfortable environment is to head downtown. For Toronto gays who want to "get out" that usually means the original Gay Village at Church and Wellesley.
It's tough enough for straight people to find love. Reduce the chances of finding a match by 50 to 90 percent or so and you can easily learn to appreciate why gay villages exist in the first place.
That means more Church St. eye candy... and more boyfriends and girlfriends for our GLBT teammates.
Go, team, go. Just remember: adults don't play with high schoolers, unless it's their job.
Mayor Ford, coaching high school football wasn't yours.