Gay Wed II – Bad News: Feet Dragging, Health Care Cuts, and BDSM discrimination

April 15, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Posted in LGBT, Politics | Leave a comment

Gay WednesdayThis is the first of three posts for Gay Wednesday, April 15th 2009:

  1. Gay Wednesday I – The Good News
  2. Gay Wednesday II – The Bad News
  3. Gay Wednesday III – The ‘thou shalt not bear false witness’ News

Ontario Ottawa police dragging feet on gaybashing cold case:

Alberta Alberta cuts coverage for gender reassignment surgery:

“The decision to end the GRS program comes just weeks after the province said it would add sexual orientation but not gender identity to the province’s human rights legislation”.

British Columbia BDSM lifestyler unfit to drive a limo: police:

“A potentially groundbreaking case on BDSM began hearings in BC’s Human Rights Tribunal Mar 30. The case could determine whether BDSM qualifies for protection as a sexual orientation under the province’s Human Rights Code.”

So here’s what’s going on. This guy, Peter Hayes, goes to the Vancouver Police Department to aplly for a chauffeur’s permit. There was a complaint on file made by a former girlfriend of Hayes alleging that he was “involved in a sex cult.” Hayes does identify as a pagan and a participant in domination and submission, however he denies that there is any such cult in Vancouver and that he’s “not involved in anything like that.”

Perhaps you’re wondering, what the bloody ‘ell does that have to do with whether or not has can be a chauffeur.

“Mr Hayes states that Const Barker told him that he thought that Mr Hayes might recruit passengers into his cult if granted the chauffeur’s permit.”

I’ll admit there’s a lot of sizzle to this story, but the steak of the matter is not whether or not Hayes would use his scary Pagan Sex Powers to seduce puritan limosine passengers into fictional cults. The meat of the issue is whether or not BDSM lifestylers are entitiled to protection from discrimination in British Columbia.

Massachusetts Massachusetts: 11-Year-Old Hangs Himself after Enduring Daily Anti-Gay Bullying:Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover

April 9, 2009 – An 11-year-old Massachusetts boy, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, hung himself Monday after enduring bullying at school, including daily taunts of being gay, despite his mother’s weekly pleas to the school to address the problem. This is at least the fourth suicide of a middle-school aged child linked to bullying this year.

From Joe My God:

The National Day Of Silence is April 17th. While little Carl’s tragic end happened in their own backyard, anti-gay hate group MassResistance is leading the wingnut movement to yank their kids out of school that day, rather than witness any peaceful observation that bullying gay students is morally wrong.

Carl would have turned 12 on April 17.

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