FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TORONTO – Wednesday, January 23, 2013- The Toronto Star released an editorial on Monday January 21 titled “Sandra Pupatello is Ontario Liberals’ best bet”. In the editorial, the author questioned Kathleen Wynne’s electability in part due to her sexual orientation by quoting her as having called herself a “lesbian from Toronto”.
“Without providing the context in which that comment was made, the author of the editorial perpetuates negative perceptions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community, and takes away from her platform, and her experience”, said Arthur Kong, Executive Director and co-founder of ProudPolitics, “The editorial implies that people from the LGBT community are not viable candidates to serve, participate, and lead due to their sexual orientation”.
Kathleen Wynne is the only LGBT candidate in the race to become the next leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, and premier of Ontario.
ProudPolitics is an organization whose goal is incubate, support, and celebrate the achievements of emerging and elected LGBT leaders. Our network expresses our disagreement and disappointment in the Toronto Star’s editorial.
ProudPolitics is Canada’s only multi-partisan LGBT organization aimed at diversifying the face and voice of Canada’s politics by helping emergent openly LGBT leaders realize their potential to serve and win elections to all levels of government through candidate support, fundraising, networking, and outreach.
For more information visit: www.proudpolitics.org
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