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June 24, 2008
Celebrating Pride Week at Fudger House
Residents of Fudger House, one of Toronto’s 10 long-term care homes, proudly saw the rainbow flag raised today. They celebrated their commitment to ensuring a gay-positive environment for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) residents. Fudger House is one of three homes that have developed a gay-positive culture with approaches and services designed to benefit residents from the LGBT community.

The home also celebrated the first anniversary of the "Molly Wood Senior Social Club", which is a group of LGBT residents and their friends who have formed a cohesive, supportive community at Fudger House. The group meets regularly for outings in the Gay Village and other activities that include weekly themed movies and visits to The 519 Community Centre.

Toronto City Councillors Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) and Kyle Rae (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) joined residents, staff and community members, at this celebration of diversity and respect for LGBT seniors.

"Fudger House has shown great leadership in response to the needs of LGBT individuals requiring long-term care. Through their programs and services, they have reached out to our community and created a safe and positive environment for all cultures, faiths and sexual orientations," said Councillor Pam McConnell.

In response to the needs of LGBT individuals requiring long-term care, Fudger House developed gay-positive services and activities to ensure the highest quality of life for all residents. In addition to the flag-raising, Fudger House will also be participating in the annual Pride Parade on Sunday.

“Fudger House is leading the way for all of Toronto’s long-term care homes, by actively supporting and celebrating residents of all sexual orientations,” said Councillor Kyle Rae. “It is great to see all the residents come out and support each other and embrace diversity.”

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 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Cheryl San Juan, Communications, Social Development, Finance and Administration, 416-392-5349, 416-528-1800 (cell),



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