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04/19/2007


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:

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"LondonTopic.ca 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."


Canadian Football 'Hero' Wanted in Attack on Ontario Gay Man

Alex Myros, former football player for the London Silverbacks, who three months ago received a Red Cross Rescuer Award for assisting two other players in pulling two children from a burning car wreck in northern Indiana, is now wanted for aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, forcible confinement, and two counts of uttering death threats in the anti-gay assault on Brandon Wright in early September.

Myros_wright On Monday I posted about how Wright had leapt from a moving truck to escape the assault, as reported by Xtra:

"Brandon Wright, an event manager and modelling agent, says a man who called himself Alex approached him online via instant messenger. The man told Wright he was an aspiring model looking for work. Wright arranged to meet Alex near a variety store on Kipps Ln near Adelaide St in London. After meeting, Wright told the man that he wouldn’t be able to help him find a modelling job.  'He just didn’t have the looks for it,' says Wright.  The man then told Wright that he wanted to show him something in his truck. When Wright climbed into the passenger side he says the man said, 'Because you’re gay you need to be punished. I’m going to fucking kill you and you’re a faggot.' The man then drove off with Wright still in the passenger seat. 'He started hitting me with a big, black, heavy object,' says Wright. 'He kept repeating, 'I’m going to fucking kill you faggot.'' Wright says the attack continued even while the man was driving. Wright jumped out of the moving truck to escape."

Bus-crash CNews reports: "On June 21, the Silverbacks were returning home from a game in Indianapolis and were travelling on Interstate 69 in northern Indiana, just south of the Michigan border, when a southbound SUV, driven by the 16-year-old daughter of PGA tour player Chris Smith, blew a tire and slammed into the team's Greyhound bus. The SUV exploded in flames and Myros and two other members of the team were hailed as heroes -- they received the Red Cross Rescuer Award -- for pulling the girl and her 12-year-old brother out of the burning SUV. The children's mother, Beth Smith, died at the scene. Silverbacks owner Al Lazar said Myros, who'd suffered a few injuries, was cut from the team Sept. 1, the deadline for teams to reduce their roster. Lazar was shocked by the news. 'He's always been a good member of the team and we were certainly proud of what he did in the crash,' said Lazar. 'But this comes as a shock. Alex isn't that kind of person.'"

Wright sustained a dislocated shoulder, deep gashes to his scalp and check, ruptured blood vessels in his left eye and severe bruising on his left side in the attack.


Ontario Man Jumps from Moving Truck to Escape Gay Basher


Another gay bashing in Ontario, Canada, this one in the city of London, happened less than a week after Jake Raynard was beaten by a gang in Thunder Bay.

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"Brandon Wright, an event manager and modelling agent, says a man who called himself Alex approached him online via instant messenger. The man told Wright he was an aspiring model looking for work. Wright arranged to meet Alex near a variety store on Kipps Ln near Adelaide St in London. After meeting, Wright told the man that he wouldn’t be able to help him find a modelling job.  'He just didn’t have the looks for it,' says Wright.  The man then told Wright that he wanted to show him something in his truck. When Wright climbed into the passenger side he says the man said, 'Because you’re gay you need to be punished. I’m going to fucking kill you and you’re a faggot.' The man then drove off with Wright still in the passenger seat. 'He started hitting me with a big, black, heavy object,' says Wright. 'He kept repeating, 'I’m going to fucking kill you faggot.'' Wright says the attack continued even while the man was driving. Wright jumped out of the moving truck to escape."

Wright says he was helped by bystanders. Police say they have a lead on the subject, who reportedly said he was from Thunder Bay.


Strong Turnout at Anti-Hate Rally for Ontario Gay Bashing Victim

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More than 1,500 people turned out for a vigil on Friday night in Thunder Bay, Ontario in response to the brutal beating of Jake Raynard (above), who was attacked with his friends outside a bar by a group of men last Saturday. Raynard sustained 15 cheekbone fractures, a broken jaw, eye socket, and upper palate, while helping his friends escape into a cab. Those responsible, who made remarks about Raynard's sexual orientation during the attack, have not been caught.

Raynard12 TBNewswatch reports: "After an initial speech by Raynard, the crowd walked from Waverly Park, down Camelot Street to North Cumberland Street where the attack took place and up Red River Road back to the park...The event had eight speakers including Raynard. They ranged from union leaders to church ministers. Speaker Louise McKissick said it’s time for Thunder Bay to undergo a transformation. "Anger transformed into action can change things," said McKissick. "We need a community where diversity is not just tolerated but celebrated." Raynard said the next step for him after resting and healing is to advocate for several initiatives including an increased police presence in the North downtown core."

A great video report on the rally, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ontario City Creates Fund, Plans Rally for Gay Beating Victim

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The Ontario, Canada city of Thunder Bay is rallying behind Jake Raynard and his family. Raynard was the victim of a brutal beating by a gang of men early Saturday and he sustained 15 cheekbone fractures, and a broken jaw, eye socket, and upper palate. The attack followed taunting by the gang over the victim's sexual orientation outside a bar.

NetNewsLedger reports: "A group has formed on Facebook offering support and communicating the messages of support for the injured man, who underwent reconstructive surgury on the weekend following the attack early Saturday morning. The Facebook group has been growing at about 30 people per hour...A rally is taking place Friday at 6 PM in Waverly Park. All people who support Jake and believe that this action has no place in our community are asked to attend. More details will be solidified in an announcement tomorrow...A Fund has been established for Jake. This fund will be dedicated to permit Jake access to legal consultation, rehabilitation treatments, and some basic income while unable to work. Again more details will be available tomorrow."

The police have not released any information or statements regarding the attack.


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