Toronto Mayor John Tory couldn’t be more different from his predecessor, Rob Ford. Tory’s slick, patrician manner is the opposite of the folksy "man of the people" vibe that is the trademark of the Ford family.
That’s why many were surprised and disgusted when video started making the rounds, of Tory submitting to lap dances from young men at the Glad Day Bookshop, which calls itself the world’s oldest LGBT bookstore, one with a storied legal past.
To cap the dances off, Tory stuffed the five dollar portrait of Sir Wilfrid Laurier into the cross dresser's thong. This happened on Mother’s Day, at something called a "Drag Kids Brunch." How wholesome. The Rebel was unable to confirm if Mayor Tory's wife, Barbara, was present.
In response to questions from The Rebel outside Toronto City Hall, Tory explained that he was "supporting the LGBTQ community" by folding up a fiver and slipping it in the undergarments of a young man, in a venue where underage children were also performing in drag.
Videos taken at the event, which was overtly sexual in nature, outraged many local Torontonians and Canadians at large, many calling the act "disturbing" and "disgusting", with others saying "he just threw his political career in the dumpster.”
Not everyone thought so, of course, but I think it’s fair to ask whether or not those who found the whole thing harmless and even wholesome would feel the same way if the dancer had been female.
I asked Tory about this too but he deflected my question, and accused The Rebel of “being the kinds of people who are dividing” society.
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