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June 24, 2005
Fudger House residents raise rainbow flag, announce participation in Pride Parade
At a ceremony to raise 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. Entering the bus in the parade allows Fudger residents, for the
first time ever, to play an active role in the highlight of Pride Week.

Fudger House is one of two Toronto homes that have developed gay-positive
culture and services for residents who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual,
transgender or two-spirited. Kipling Acres, in the west end of Toronto, is also
working to set up a cluster of beds and promote a gay-positive environment.

"This is an exciting beginning," said Councillor Kyle Rae (Ward 27, Toronto
Centre-Rosedale), who attended the flag-raising and is one of the founders of
Pride. "As our population ages, so does the gay population in Toronto. This
means that more and more people will be looking for long-term care homes that
understand, support and provide a welcoming, dignified environment for all
residents, no matter what their sexual orientation or gender identity. There
are no other long-term care homes in North America that have taken the steps
Fudger House, Kipling Acres and hopefully many of our other City homes are
taking to fill this community need."

"I'm happy to see Toronto homes taking a leadership role in this," said
Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28, Toronto Centre-Rosedale). "I'm also pleased
to see that while celebrating the bigger picture of making City services
accessible and of benefit to everyone, we aren't forgetting to celebrate the
most important thing -- the Fudger House residents. They're worth raising
hundreds of flags for."

Also attending the flag-raising were local clergy, members of the Senior Pride
Network, and representatives of local organizations who shared a commitment to
providing gay-positive services to residents and neighbours of all ages.

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
independence and quality of life. Connections with their neighbours and the
surrounding community play a major part in making this vision a reality for the
residents who call our homes home.

Media contacts:

Sandra Pitters
General Manager
Toronto Homes for the Aged

Councillor Kyle Rae’s Office



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