City of Toronto's Fudger House raises rainbow flag to show their Pride of all their residents



    TORONTO, June 22 /CNW/ - 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.

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For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Lorraine Siu, City of Toronto,
(416) 392-5250; Cheryl Penman, Executive Director, Community Action Centre for
George Smitherman, (416) 972-7683


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