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Second Anti-Gay Hate Crime in London, Ontario in Two Weeks

A second anti-gay attack has been reported in London, Ontario less than two weeks since an attack on Brandon Wright:


" has learned that the most recent incident took place at approximately 3 a.m., Sunday morning, as two gay men were walking hand in hand in the area of Central Avenue and Maitland Street. Michelle Boyce, media relations with the London-based HBT Working Group (Homophobia, Bi-phobia, Transphobia), said the group was contacted by one of the victims of the most recent assaults, Erik Rozenski. Rozenski was celebrating his 27th birthday Saturday, and was walking along Central Avenue with his boyfriend (name withheld) when they were centred out by two unidentified males who made 'homophobic remarks relating to the fact they were holding hands,' Boyce said."

Rozenski says he sustained "a gash on my head, black eye, broken toe, minor scrapes and bruises."

One of the attackers has been arrested: "A police officer in the area at the time was approached by the victims and located one of the suspects and arrested him. Charged with assault is Michael Kyle Gordon, 22, of Richmond Hill."

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  1. Just so that we're clear... this report comes out of Canada. Not the United States.

    I'm not looking to pick a fight, but for every anti-American person who insists that homophobia is an American sin, I ask that you remember articles like this. It's a global epidemic, not a regional one.

    Posted by: Tommy | Sep 29, 2009 2:27:33 PM

  2. Walking hand in hand at 3AM?! In a small town, are you crazy?! Use your common sense and be armed or be capable of self defense. Why risk it?

    Posted by: nikko | Sep 29, 2009 2:46:34 PM

  3. London isn't exactly a small town. It is bigger than Pittsburgh and St. Louis, and just a little bit smaller than Miami.

    Posted by: marty | Sep 29, 2009 8:05:51 PM

  4. Makes sense given that most people in Richmond Hill moved away from the city of Toronto because they found it too liberal.

    Posted by: keriken | Sep 30, 2009 12:55:42 AM

  5. Canadians have a habit of consolidating city/suburb so a 'City' looks much bigger on paper than it really is. London has a 'Metro' population of 450,000 or so. Pittsburgh and St. Louis are in reality much bigger than London, ON and both have metros in the millions. Miami/Dade has between 5-6 million metro. In reality, it's the size of Toronto but without Toronto's city/suburbs amalgamation into a 'Super-City'

    Posted by: John in Boston | Oct 29, 2009 10:29:53 PM

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