Thousands rally in Thunder Bay for Jake Raynard, who speaks out on gay-bashing

Thousands, from all walks of life, gathered in Waverly Park in Thunder Bay, Ontario’s Port Arthur district Friday to support the victim of a horrendous beating a week ago.

Here’s a more complete recording of the event from my friend Sue.

Earlier, Jake had released this video statement via YouTube:

Like many LGBT youth Jake has lived in larger cities such as Toronto where being different, while not always safe, is at least supported by greater numbers.

It is not too much to ask that anyone – anywhere – be entitled to safety and treated with respect. Jake has a long road ahead of healing before him – physical and otherwise – and I can only thank him for speaking out and wish him well.