Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has finally dropped his longstanding excuse for skipping pride parades.
Up until now, Ford has said that scheduled vacations to the family cottage have always got in the way, so he couldn't possibly attend pride events in Canada's largest city.
Ford dropped that pretence this week at the first candidates' forum of the 2014 mayoral campaign. He was asked about the upcoming World Pride festival in Toronto in June.
"I'm not going to go to the Pride parade," Ford said.
"I've never gone to a Pride parade, so I'm not going to change the way I am."
Let's get this straight: Unlike sexual orientation, Ford's learned behaviour (homophobia) is just who he is, so he can't possibly change that.