This video from Canada is called Stephen Harper and the Homophobe -O- Tory Party.
Recently, British Conservative leader David Cameron apologized for the homophobic history of his party. If he is sincere and this is not just the umpteenth cynical attempt to just get more votes, then he really has lots of work to do … in his own party, in his new European Parliament allies in Poland and elsewhere, and, eg, in his Canadian sister party.
By Jennifer Ditchburn, THE CANADIAN PRESS, today:
Tories reject gay arts fest funding
OTTAWA – A gay and lesbian arts festival that was told it met all government criteria under a new tourism stimulus program learned Tuesday it was rejected for funding.
The news arrived at Montreal’s Divers-Cite a few weeks after tension swept the Conservative caucus over funding for Toronto’s Pride week, and just days before the beginning of their event.
The directors of Divers-Cite had actually sprung to the defence of Stephen Harper’s government earlier this month, telling The Canadian Press that the Conservatives had never treated them differently. Some in the gay community attacked them for their comments.
They had submitted a bid under the new Marquee Tourism Events Program (MTEP) for $155,000 to add performers and promotion to this year’s $2-million event.
Government relations and marketing director Paul Girard said bureaucrats handling his file at Industry Canada told him his application met all the criteria, and had been sent up to Minister Tony Clement’s office for final approval. …
Paul’s sister Suzanne, the festival’s director, says the organization was completely shocked by the response. Divers-Cite has received funding from Economic Development Canada for several years, as well as Canadian Heritage.
She said she felt certain that every festival was on the same footing, because it was handled by an economic department and was designed to stimulate the economy.
“We met all the criteria – this is a democracy,” said Girard. “They changed the rules as they went along.
“I feel like I’ve been had.” …
Clement took over the new tourism funding envelope late last month, after members of the Tory caucus complained that junior minister Diane Ablonczy had approved funding for Toronto’s Pride week festivities.
MP Brad Trost told a socially conservative news website that Ablonczy had been stripped of the portfolio. The government said the plan was to move the envelope to Clement all along. …
Paul Girard said he has noticed that although Divers-Cite received two-year funding by the Economic Development Canada this year, for the first time the agency did not send his event a public letter congratulating them on their continued success.
Britain: Lesbian turned away from men-only gay bar in Torquay: here.
Boy George rejected by Hare Krishnas for being gay: here.
Britain’s Conquest of Quebec: 250 years later: here.
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