Mayor calls decision by 1995 council 'shameful' in apology to LGBTQ community
Mayor Matt Brown apologizes to LGBTQ community on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. (Daryl Newcombe / CTV London)
There was a large crowd Friday morning at city hall as London Mayor Matt Brown apologized to the LGBTQ community for a council decision made in 1995.
Dianne Haskett, mayor from 1994 to 2000, refused to issue a gay pride proclamation in 1995 and the council voted in agreement.
Haskett said at the time that there was a policy to decline controversial proclamations.
Brown called the 1995 decision “shameful.”
The Homophile Association of London (HALO) filed a Human Rights Complaint. Haskett and the City of London were found to have discriminated against HALO. They were each fined $5,000.
Brown said in talking to members of the LGBT+ community and former city councillors, it was felt an apology should be issued.
Haskett had previously said no comment when reached earlier this month by CTV News.