Beaten senseless, Windsor man adds his story to the archives of insane gay-bashings


I’m angry, I’m sad, angry, sad, angry, sad…

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The Windsor Star’s account includes a video of the young victim, who clearly understands the value of personal story-telling, holding a press conference to describe the beating he endured and some of the deeper meanings, however ironic.

I heard about this yesterday but only started to turn up the corner of the pages today – so familiar, so tiring, so traumatic it all is.

CBC.ca’s readers, if that’s not giving them too much credit, are weighing in with all sorts of rationalizations and side arguments, some of which question whether this was a gay-bashing worthy of hate crimes designation.  It strikes me that some of their arguments, with just a hint of fundamentaCon oh-well-dem’s-da-breaks, fly in the face of the tough-on-crime positions (however half-baked) they feed in to cbc.ca and other comment vacuums 24/7.

All I can say is “Bravo!” to Chris Rabideau for courageously, and probably still in shock, coming forward to lay bare the ugly side of society where intolerance towards people’s sexuality is still acceptable in many quarters.

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4 thoughts on “Beaten senseless, Windsor man adds his story to the archives of insane gay-bashings

  1. Craig-
    When I saw the pictures I was so upset and after reading the article I was even more upset. I recall the beating I took while I was homeless down on Skid Row at the hands of 5 guys. It’s by the grace of God that I am even here.

    Thank you for posting this and making us all aware of what is still very much taking place in this world.

    1. I am sorry for calling you Craig. I guess this is what I get for talking on the phone and typing a reply at the same time. Please forgive me Kenn.

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