TORONTO, July 5, 2001 ( – The homosexual activist group EGALE has put out a press release cheering the decision of Big Brothers of Toronto, an organization which encourages men to become temporary guardians for boys, to remove a question on sexual orientation from its screening questionnaire.

The release notes:

“In early June, EGALE was contacted by a person who had been asked to provide a reference for an acquaintance who had applied to become a Big Brother. This person, who is heterosexual, was offended that one of the questions on the personal reference form asked if they were aware of the sexual orientation of the individual seeking the reference. EGALE requested that Big Brothers modify the form to comply with the requirements of human rights legislation, which clearly provides that a person cannot be discriminated against based upon their sexual orientation. Big Brothers responded promptly by changing the form.”