Thursday, April 22, 2010

Not there yet: Edmonton Gay Hate Crimes

Shit has been going down in Edmonton the last week or two. On Monday the Edmonton Pride center was broken into, vandalized and had equipment stolen. On Saturday a lesbian was viciously assaulted by men yelling homophobic slurs. The worst part is the Edmonton police service didn't even file a report on what was obviously a hate crime. Check out the links above for more information.

This is not the first time EPS has failed to do something about an obvious gay bashing i know of a few incidences where someone had the absolute shit kicked out of them and nothing was done. There seems to be a cavalier attitude to these kinds of attacks in this city however I am not sure what. The media does not seem to do much about these types of things. You usually end up hearing about them via facebook through status updates.

A few years ago I was pondering compiling a Google map based database that users could submit gay bashing incidents to and you could track the areas where there was likely to be trouble. I lacked the back end knowledge to build it so I let it go. I still think there should be a place were we can safely and openly talk about these kinds of incidents.

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