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June 22, 2007
City of Toronto’s Fudger House raises rainbow flag to show their Pride of all their residents
Toronto Homes for the Aged raised the rainbow flag at Fudger House for the third year in a row, to celebrate the diversity of all residents who call Fudger House home. The Home has gained international acclaim for being one of the first long-term care homes in North America to offer a gay-positive environment.

The Honourable George Smitherman, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, joined this year’s Pride Parade’s Grand Marshal, Russell Alldread (a.k.a. Michelle DuBarry), 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 residents. The celebration will continue into Sunday, when the Home takes part in the Pride Parade.

“Fudger House serves a very diverse community, and is committed to making sure that all members of the community have access to quality long-term care, and they are proud to have built such strong community partnerships to make sure this commitment continues,” said Minister Smitherman. “I look forward to the day when all long-term care homes in Ontario are promoting a gay-positive environment.”

“It makes me very happy to see Toronto taking a leadership role in creating a city for all,” said Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28, Toronto Centre-Rosedale). “As the population ages, so does the gay population, which means more and more people will be looking for long-term care. Toronto is taking definite steps to ensure that high quality care will be in place when it’s needed.”

“Fudger House serves a very diverse community, and is committed to making sure that all members of the community have access to quality long-term care,” said Councillor Kyle Rae (Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale, and one of the founders of Pride). “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.”

Toronto Homes for the Aged is committed to providing care and services that respect, support and enable every resident to have the highest quality 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.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Lorraine Siu
City of Toronto

Cheryl Penman
Executive Director, Community Action Centre for George Smitherman



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