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I sometimes paint Canada as some gay Shangri-la where every gay person enjoys an open life, free from any threat of harassment or physical harm. While Canada is the world leader in LGBQT rights and acceptance, there are still instances of gay-bashing, harassment and discrimination.
While I might kiss my special guy in my own front yard (where the neighbours might see! Who cares!!!), in our smallish, blue-collar city, I cannot imagine us ever walking hand-in hand in public or kissing each other at the airport arrivals area.
Tragically, a prominent gay activist, Raymond Taavel, was killed Tuesday in what some are calling a hate crime. Mr. Taavel left a gay bar in Halifax, Nova Scotia at 2:30 am and was killed in a vicious beating by a 32 year old paranoid schizophrenic. The attacker had a history of violence and was out on a one-hour pass from the psychiatric institution where he lived. The attacker had been in the gay bar just before the murder and had uttered gay slurs during the beating.
About 1,000 people attended a vigil in Halifax Tuesday night to mourn his loss.