• September 4, 2014 7:30 AM

Newly-Formed "proudTOvote" Urges Members of LGBTQ Community To Vote For Supportive Leadership in Municipal Election

LGBTQ-focussed debate to be held September 19

TORONTO, Sept. 4, 2014 /CNW/ - A newly-formed advocacy group officially launching today, says it's time to elect a mayor the LGBTQ community can be proud of and it is urging members of the LGBTQ community to do just that.

ProudTOvote also released the details of a mayoral debate focussing on issues of particular importance to members of the LGBTQ community that will be held September 19th at Ryerson University.

ProudTOvote spokesperson John Clifford says it's important for people within Toronto's LGBTQ community to know they can make a huge difference by taking the time to vote.

"The last municipal election was won by just under 100,000 votes.  We are saying to the many thousands in our our community come out and vote. Your voice needs to be heard and together we can elect a mayor we are proud of and who is proud of us."

As part of its launch activities proudTOvote unveiled a giant, rainbow ballot box in front of City Hall in Nathan Phillips Square as a visible reminder of the importance of voting.

Spokesperson Christine Wilson points out that members of the LGTBQ community live in neighborhoods all over the city and proudTOvote is asking them to learn about issues that impact them, share their thoughts and opinions with others and cast their ballot in the October election.

"As voters we can't be complacent and we can't complain about the leadership we end up with after this election if we don't vote," Wilson said. "We have a franchise, let's use it."

ProudTOvote also announced today that it has invited the four leading mayoral candidates to the September 19th debate.  The event will be moderated by Jaime Watt a well-known communications and public affairs professional and leader in the LGBTQ community having campaigned prominently for equal marriage.

About proudTOvote

ProudTOvote was formed in 2014 by a group of community leaders to mobilize members of the LGBTQ community and its supporters to participate and vote in the October 27th Toronto municipal election. proudTOvote – which is not affiliated with any mayoral campaign - wants Toronto to have a mayor the LGBTQ community can be proud of and who is proud of us.

Website: www.proudTOvote.ca

Twitter: proudtovote
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For further information: John Clifford - proudtovote@gmail.com, phone: 647-223-3963