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Toronto School Board Member Shuts Down When Asked To Defend Homophobic, Transphobic Views - VIDEO

Sam Sotiropolous

Sam Sotiropolous, a member of the Toronto District School Board, has refused in an interview to answer questions about homophobic opinions expressed on Twitter, reports Pink News.

An August 30th tweet read “Until I see scientific proof that transgenderism exists and is not simply a mental illness, I reserve the right not to believe in it.” An earlier tweet on July 4th called Toronto Pride a “freak show.”

However, in a Global News interview, Sotiropolous - who is clearly uncomfortable -  refuses to answer questions about his views, claiming that although he has not formed an opinion on transgender people, he “has the right to reserve the right to have an opinion.”

Despite the fact that the tweet hasn’t been deleted, Sotiropolous denies calling Toronto Pride a “freak show”.  When confronted with another tweet claiming that the “disseminators” of “homosexism” are “maliciously rabid,” he walks away from the camera and appears speechless. At that point, his only comeback is he was under the impression that the interview would concern his comments on transgender people only. However, he does appear to back up his homophobic opinions, stating that “the words stand for themselves.”

At this point, he refuses to answer any more questions. The interview ends with a bizarre staring competition - which the Global News reporter wins.

Trans-rights activist Susan Gapka said that outrage at Sotiropoulos’s comments points to how far society has come in recent years.

“The terrific thing is that there are non-trans people, allies and supporters, leaping to the defense, there was a flurry on twitter, and social media, the news has covered it, that shows you how far we’ve come in the last five or ten years.”

Sotiropolous has since taken to Twitter again to defend his opinions, claiming that the school district is targeting "the rarest" types of bullying - transphobic and homophobic - while ignoring bullying based on appearance, school performance and ethnicity.

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Montreal Men Allege They Were Kicked Out Of A Straight Bar For Kissing

Gabriel Dion

Gabriel Dion was at the Saint-Sulpice bar last Friday to celebrate the initiations into the med faculty for the University of Montreal, and like other celebrants he got a little tipsy and made out with someone. In his case, it was another man, whom he retreated with into a stairwell. Even though the two men made efforts to be discreet in their behavior, a security guard was alerted to them and escorted them from the bar, not even allowing them to return inside to collect their belongings. The bouncer told them that they had done something stupid, which Dion interpreted as the bar throwing the two of them out for being gay and presuming that because they were gay they would eventually try to have sex in the stairwell.

The bar owner Maurice Bourassa responded to Dion's circumstances by saying that the security guard found them in a more compromising position than just making out, saying:

We can kiss, no matter the sexual orientation. But once we’ve become horizontal, I believe there we have some limits.

He also asserts that the stairwell the men were making out in was a fire escape, which is against fire department regulations. Bourassa ensures that there is no homophobia in his bar and that gay men and women are, and have always been welcome.


Alleged Killer In 2012 Murder of Halifax Gay Activist Fires Lawyer, Delays Trial

Andre Noel Denny

In 2012 Ryan Raymond Taavel, a gay activist in Halifax, Nova Scotia was allegedly beaten to death by Andre Noel Denny, a psychiatric patient "suffering from paranoid schizophrenia" who was on unescorted leave from a psychiatric hospital. Denny fired his lawyer Don Murray this past Tuesday, the day his trial was set to begin, a decision supported by Murray who said that he felt the solicitor-client relationship was "irretrievably broken." Judge Peter Rosinski allowed the firing, saying: 

While this may not be in his best interests, neither the court nor his family are entitled to interfere with his decision in the circumstances as I see them before me.

The case has been adjourned until September 25th, and the delay may set the trial back by a year, pending on Denny's ability to secure a lawyer willing and able to take his case.


Anti-Gay Activist Bill Whatcott Crashes Vancouver Pride, Hands Out Fake Condoms

Bill 'Matthew Davidson' Whatcott

For as much as they claim to be about spreading the love of the gospel and hope of Jesus Christ to the fallen, anti-gay wingnuts really seem to put a lot of effort into trolling. Crazy person Bill Whatcott, whom you may remember being "oppressed" alongside Peter LaBarbera at Canada's University of Regina, decided to crash Pride in Vancouver to spread his message of hate. Feeling that the ninth commandment - "Thou shalt not bear false witness" - was more of a suggestion than a command, he dyed his hair pink and went under the pseudonym "Matthew Davidson" to hand out "condoms" that were really anti-gay screeds in disguise.

Only one person actually opened a condom in the presence of "Davidson" and his cohorts. When she became visibly distressed at the bait and switch, Joe Jervis points out that they continued "lying for Jesus" and told the woman that he mistakenly handed her something that he himself had earlier been handed by some homophobe at the parade.

So not only is Whatcott a vile homophobe, he's a coward to boot, unwilling to stand by his convictions when face-to-face with someone in public. And it's actually kind of wonderful. The more spineless lunatics devoid of all integrity on their side, the better. Much like Westboro, it removes the mask of civility from the ugliness of the hate and exposes it for the world to see, and that will only benefit proponents of equality in the end.


Canadian Magazine Receives Human Rights Complaint After Publishing Matt Barber Letter

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The Newfoundland Herald's recent publication of a two-page anti-gay letter to the editor by hate leader Matt Barber has prompted some readers to file a human rights complaint against the Canadian entertainment magazine.

The column, "The Coming Christian Revolt," railed against LGBT rights, compared progressives to murderers, and warned of a Christian revolution against the increasingly "unconstitutional, immoral and unjust government" rule. 

CBC reports:

Western Pride NL member Kyle Curlew, who initiated filing the complaint, said his "jaw dropped" when he first saw the two-page letter.​

"I couldn't even believe that it was published in the Herald. It was a rallying call for people to stand against LGBT rights. Essentially, hate propaganda," Curlew told CBC. 

Curlew said after reading the letter, he decided to take the matter to police.  

"We filed a human rights complaint under C-46, Section 19, which is 'propaganda and the incitement of hate towards an identifiable group.' So we are hoping to press charges."

The Newfoundland Herlad's managing editor Pam Pardy-Ghent told the CBC that the magazine has received more feedback on Barber's letter than with any other previous matter or topic and plans to further address the matter soon.

She said:

We will be responding to this issue – and running many of the responses we have received – in the next, and in future editions of The Newfoundland Herald. While free speech is very important to us, being responsive and responsible to the people of this province is as well." 


Rob Ford and Brother Apologize for 'Unfortunate' Attack on LGBT Demonstrators at Ford Fest

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his brother and city councilor Doug have issued apologies for the verbal and physical attack on LGBT protesters by Ford supporters at Friday's barbecue celebration for the confrontational mayor. 

CBC reports:

FordsFord said he didn't personally see the commotion because he was in a tent meeting with his supporters, but he still apologized for what happened.

“It's terrible things like that happen,” he said in an interview on Saturday with CP24 while attending the Taste of Toronto food festival. “I apologize and we have to move on.”

Ford’s brother Doug, who was the first to apologize for the incident, said earlier:  

“I think 99 per cent it went really well. Everyone had a good time,” he said. “I think it’s just unfortunate what happened. Like I said we apologized to the gentleman. I don’t know. It’s tough for him to show up I guess. There was a little bit of taunting on both sides. I just wish it didn’t happen.”

About six demonstrators showed up with signs protesting Ford's homophobia - which popped back in the news two weeks ago when Ford cast the lone dissenting vote for a proposal that would support homeless LGBT youth. 

The Ford brothers, however, remain "offended" that people still think they're homophobic.  


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