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Vancouver High School Apologizes to Man Taunted for 42 Years by 'Fag' Slur in His Yearbook: VIDEO


A Vancouver-area high school has sent a letter of apology and promised a face-to-face one to a man taunted by a printed anti-gay slur for 42 years, the CBC reports:

“I am writing to formally provide you with a sincere apology on behalf of the entire North Vancouver School District,” says a letter sent to Robin Tomlin on Oct. 4 and signed by John Lewis, the district’s superintendent of schools.

Tomlin says he's been haunted for years after his high school yearbook committee printed the word "fag" next to his picture in the 1970 Argyle Secondary School yearbook.

Tomlin isn't gay, but he says the slur stuck and he was badly bullied in school. He says he was even too afraid to go to his school prom for fear of being beaten up and eventually moved out of the area to start a new life.

"Well it made me feel like the whole school thought that," he said.

Watch the CBC's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1054

CASH CAB: Gays in Vancouver.


VIDEO GAMES: Jay Brannan covers Lana del Rey.

JBDUBS: I hate my job.

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Vancouver School Board Members Appearance in NOM Video Angers Officials: VIDEO


Two Vancouver school board members are under fire for appearing in NOM videos decrying the school district's Out in Schools anti-bullying program over a 2006 booklet, since corrected, which led readers to an explicit Men's Health website. The board members say their participation in the NOM video was misrepresented to them, CTV reports:

The head of Vancouver's School Board and a city councillor claim two other school board trustees used the U.S. group National Organization for Marriage to attack the board's anti-homophobia policies. Board chair Patti Bacchus and Councillor Tim Stevenson say they want an apology after two disturbing videos recently surfaced, raising questions about the conduct of trustees Ken Denike and Sophia Woo.

Denike agrees he spoke out about the booklet because parents should be concerned, but said he was misled about the interview and had no idea it would be featured on the group's website.

"I was surprised to see it show up there, where it's basically an advertisement which seems to be promoting people to send in money to anti-marriage between two adult males, females, whatever, which is legal in Canada."

Denike claims he didn't know how NOM planned to use his video interview and is in the process of lawyering up.

Denike tells Xtra that the video's creator told them it was for a news program when it was filmed. He says he was surprised when the video turned up on the anti-gay-marriage site. He says he has contacted a lawyer to have it removed.

"It's inappropriate," Denike says. "It has nothing to do with same-sex marriage. It was strictly in order to indicate to the board that they were responsible for oversight."

The video is part of NOM's Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance.


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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #913

DIAMOND CROWNED QUEEN: RuPaul Drag Race winner Raja's new music video.

MARRIAGE NEWS WATCH: Matt Baume with the latest this week.

NATHAN KOTYLAK: Vancouver riot participant, an Olympic hopeful who is on the national men's water polo team, apologizes for taking part in the recent hockey riots.

JULIAN ASSANGE: A video diary of the Wikileaks founder's house arrest.

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Vancouver Fans Riot After Losing Stanley Cup: VIDEOS


Intense, destructive rioting took place in Vancouver last night after the Canucks lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins.

KIRO reports: "Parked cars were set on fire, others were tipped over and people threw beer bottles at giant television screens following the Vancouver Canucks' 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. People chanted obscenities and some leaped over raging bonfires as riot police moved in to try to restore order in the downtown streets strewn with garbage and filled with acrid smoke."

At least 10 cars were overturned and torched, and eight people were treated for stab wounds.

Mashable has a bunch of twitpics of the event.

Watch clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

And remember, this is over a hockey game.

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Comedian Fined $15,000 For Heckling Lesbian Couple

The British Columbia Human Rights Commission has ordered Canadian comedian Guy Earle to pay a lesbian couple $15,000 for "a tirade of homophobic and sexist comments" made during a stand-up performance in Vancouver in 2007. Guy Earle lost the four-year legal battle which was brought on by Lorna Pardy and her partner.

  The Vancouver Sun reports:

GuyearleEarle had countered that he and others appearing on stage that night had been severely heckled by Pardy and as tempers flared, she threw drinks in his face. He also admitted that at one point, he broke her sunglasses.

In a judgment this week, the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal agreed with Pardy's argument that Earle's comments insulted her dignity, self-respect and feelings. The tribunal ordered Earle to pay her $15,000 and the owner of the restaurant, Salam Ismail, to pay her $7,500. The commission also ordered another $320 be paid to Pardy for lost wages.

"Mr. Earle's treatment of Ms. Pardy was both verbal and physical, and involved both aggressiveness and physical contact," wrote tribunal member Murray Geiger-Adams. "It is important both to Ms. Pardy and to the public to clearly identify that the conduct engaged in by Mr. Earle, in particular, was a breach of Ms. Pardy's human rights under the code.

Earle's attorney has accused the Tribunal of being in contempt and the comedian says that he will not pay the $15,000 fine.

Watch an interview from 2007 wherein Earle tells his side of the story about that night, AFTER THE JUMP.

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