Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on Wednesday reiterated that he would not attend this year's Gay Pride Parade.

Ford, who last year refused to step down after he admitted to crack cocaine use, is running for reelection.

Asked at a candidates' forum for October's mayoral election whether he would be attending Toronto's beloved parade, Ford answered: “I'm not going to go to the Pride parade. I've never been to a Pride parade. I can't change who I am.”

Ford has previously said that a family outing falls on the same weekend as the annual parade, leaving him unable to join parade-goers.

Doug Ford, a city councilor, insisted his brother is not homophobic. Doug said that he's attended the Pride parade but would not bring his kids because he doesn't “condone middle aged men running down the middle of the street buck naked.”