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Gay pride nudity: school trustees seek clarification

03/05/2014 09:16 EST | Updated 05/05/2014 05:59 EDT
Some Toronto District School Board trustees have issued a formal request asking whether or not public nudity laws will be upheld at this year's Pride Parade.

Three trustees — Sam Sotiropoulos, Irene Atkinson and John Hastings — will put forward a motion at Wednesday's meeting that calls on the board chair to write to Mayor Rob Ford and city councillors asking them clarify whether or not  nudity laws will be upheld a Pride events.

Attended by thousands every year, the parade often features participants in various states of undress. Some have criticized the trustees' motion as homophobic, a claim Sotiropoulos says is "nonsense."

"This is a municipal matter and it has to do with the policing and the enforcing of the laws of Canada in the streets of Toronto," he told CBC News. "If you were to do this in any other ward throughout the city at any other time of day during that same period, you'd likely be arrested."

The TDSB has run floats and a bus at the Pride parade, and participates in many Pride events.

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