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Vancouver Gay Bashing Victims Speak Out About Crime


Vancouver gay bashing victims Jordan Smith and Charles McKay talk for the first time about the gang attack on them as they walked hand-in-hand down Davie Street in Vancouver last September.

Following the brutal attack, Smith's jaw was wired shut for six weeks. Michael Kandola, who was arrested for the attack, is scheduled to appear in court in June. Last October, a judge upgraded charges against Kandola from assault to aggravated assault.

Kandola"According to Smith and the man he was holding hands with that night, Charles McKay, Kandola and four of his friends 'swarmed' them, yelling, 'You fucking faggot!' Smith says he barely had time to register they were in trouble when a punch knocked him to the ground, unconscious. 'They hit him and he just fell over like a tree,' McKay says in his first public interview since the incident. 'They stood over him still, yelling things.' Kandola’s lawyer offers a different version of events. Though he concedes there was 'a tussle' he claims video footage from that night suggests Smith turned back to confront his alleged attackers. And he maintains that Kandola never made any homophobic remarks. 'He harbours absolutely no ill will towards the gay community,' says lawyer Danny Markovitz."

Says Smith: "It was obvious we were gay —two males holding hands. And from their language and their actions it’s pretty obvious it was a hate crime...It was a gang, basically. They all egged each other on. They were all part of it. There’s been no discussion of all the other people involved in that event. I wonder where they are?"

The bashing inspired a huge march in Vancouver. Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

'No other word for it: it was a gaybashing' [xtra]

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  1. Why is it that nine times out of ten the attackers look like queens themselves! Did you catch the sculpted eyebrows on Kandola!

    I'll tell you why, because these self-hating closeted homos are in such denial they think they can further fool their friends and themselves by treating gay men this way.

    There are few things in life I loathe more than these f**ked-up closet cases.

    Posted by: Jake | Feb 12, 2009 11:57:26 AM

  2. purchase, get a permit, learn how to use one

    Posted by: kuros | Feb 12, 2009 12:23:08 PM

  3. Jake, I feel ya. I was thinking the same thing. Perhaps generally speaking, we are our own worst enemy.

    Posted by: cj | Feb 12, 2009 12:31:11 PM

  4. I just read it in Xtra West.
    Kandola needs his clock cleaned, I hope i'm there to participate!
    POS !

    Posted by: Marc | Feb 12, 2009 2:29:23 PM

  5. Just read this in Xtra West, I hope Kandola gets the living **** beat outta him one day so he knows how it feels!!!!!!

    Posted by: Marc | Feb 12, 2009 2:31:18 PM

  6. Why am I not surprised that the homophobic women they interviewed were of Russian origin?

    I'm sick of gay-hating Russians immigrating to North America to escape persecution only to be the worst anti-gay persecutors on our shores.

    Posted by: Kevin | Feb 12, 2009 3:21:51 PM

  7. Fight back as much as you can. And I DON'T mean just in the legal system. Someone starts hurling insults? turn around, get in their face and if need be...START SWINGING. It's time the gay community REALLY starts fighting back. For once, I'd love to read a story where the gay victim turned things around and f*cked up the attacker.

    Posted by: Kyle | Feb 12, 2009 4:51:57 PM

  8. Kevin, we're having the same problem here in the states. The biggest thorn on our side seems to be immigrants (legal or not) leaving their countries for freedom only to persecuate and bash the gay community once they come here, which I don't stand for. You choose to move to the North America? You WILL deal with gay culture being casually part of social/pop culture norms in Western society, or you can simply pick up your bags and go back to the hell hole you escaped from. Buh-bye.

    Posted by: Kyle | Feb 12, 2009 4:59:06 PM

  9. So, Mr. Gayface was out to prove he was a real man, was he?

    Posted by: anon | Feb 12, 2009 8:20:54 PM

  10. No more Mr Nice Gay. Time to bash back.

    Posted by: Wheezy | Feb 12, 2009 10:00:35 PM

  11. It's not necessarily bashing back. Be proactive. These confrontations outside or near gay bars usually escalate. By taking a brutal offensive move first, you are putting the attackers off of their game (don't ever wait for them to soon as he's in your face screaming, jam a pencil in his neck, kick him in the balls, punch in the throat as hard as you, setting the scene for more fighting (do it quickly and perhaps with a weapon) or a quick and effective exit. I can't say it enough, though...if you consistently find yourself walking home alone or with one or more friends late at night, carry a gun. If you are ever in a situation where you are compelled to pull it out, make damn sure you use it, because if you don't, you've heightened the probability you and your company are going to die dramatically by introducing it into the equation.

    This is a damn shame (the broken jaw), but always good to see a big show of support for the victim.

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 13, 2009 4:27:40 AM

  12. Outrageous! Those fucking moronic straight women that were interviewed just show how ignorant they are... they CAN walk hand in hand on the street with their (unfortunate) husbands... and nothing happens to them. but when we do we are being 'in their face'? Fuck you, you cows! There is nothing outrageous about showing exactly the same PDA as they do, and if they cannot tolerate that, they are the plain and simply stupid fucking homophobic bitches. Pity the interviewer did not call them on that!

    Posted by: CK | Feb 13, 2009 2:13:57 PM

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