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June 23, 2006
Fudger House residents unfurl rainbow flag, get ready to ride in Pride Parade
At a ceremony to unfurl the rainbow flag, residents and staff at Fudger House, a Toronto home for the aged, announced plans to enter a resident bus in Sunday’s Pride Parade. As well, a bus with residents and staff from True Davidson Acres will join in the parade this year, and help send the message that Toronto homes for the aged are a welcoming environment for all of Toronto’s citizens.

The Hon. George Smitherman, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and Councillor Kyle Rae (Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale, and one of the founders of Pride) joined residents, staff, family members and community partners to celebrate both Pride Week and the steps Toronto Homes for the Aged is taking to make its homes welcoming to all of Toronto’s citizens.

Fudger House is one of three Toronto homes that have developed a positive culture and services for residents who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender or two-spirited. Kipling Acres in the west end of Toronto, and True Davidson Acres in the East York area, are also working to create and promote a gay-positive environment.

“I’m glad to see Fudger House and True Davidson Acres are joining together to support a welcoming environment for today’s residents,” said Minister Smitherman. “I look forward to the day when all homes in Ontario are promoting a gay-positive environment.”

“Last year, two Toronto homes were working on creating welcoming environments, and I am happy to see a third home has joined the initiative this year,” said Councillor Rae. “This shows an ongoing commitment by the City of Toronto and our long-term care homes to offer a dignified and welcoming environment for all residents, no matter what their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Fudger House, Kipling Acres and True Davidson Acres are the first long-term care homes in North America to take these steps, and the eventual goal is to include all 10 Toronto homes for the aged. The City is working with other community groups and organizations across Canada to share its experiences and promote truly inclusive long-term care services.

City of Toronto Homes for the Aged is committed to providing care and services that respect, support and enable every resident to have the highest level of life. The initiative to provide a gay-positive environment is one of many steps the division is taking to make this commitment a daily reality.

Media contacts:

Rosemary Bennett
Toronto Social Development, Finance & Administration
416-328-4402 (pager)

Councillor Kyle Rae’s Office

Cheryl Penman
Executive Director
Community Action Centre for George Smitherman



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