Canada – Peace Officers Memorial Day

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Hamed Nastoh, a 12 year old east indian candian boy jumped off the patullo bridge, which connects New Westminster and Surrey — he had been bullied at school for being gay

His mother, denied he was gay, and ran for Surrey  city counsel on a anti-bully /anti gang platform – she didn’t get elected; I voted for her.

One of his schoolteachers or the school counselor – a gay man – said, that the boy was gay – and that he had been mentoring him, there was nothing untoward at all.

The boy is dead either way – however his legacy to the communities that he did and could have belonged to – more – what That means for people who are;  what it means for people to realize: that they are not entitled to do that to someone.

whether he was or not,

we can never know,

he died in 2004: a child with stones in his backpack and a leap from this bridge:

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Today is Peace Officer Memorial Day, 2015 and I am thinking of that boy today, because when I heard about the event in 2004 – I was working at the RCMP HQ at 33rd and Heather Street in Vancouver BC – and I was the only out lesbian employee – I wasn’t an RCMP Act Member of the force – I was an administrative public service employee. The only out one.

Shortly after this event, there was an out RCMP Corporal. He never answered my email though and he didn’t stay long on the force after coming out.

 

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Fruit machine (homosexuality test) – Wikipedia, the free …

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The “fruit machine” was employed in Canada in the 1950s and 1960s during a … the civil service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and the military.

Jun 11, 2013 – In the 1960s, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) attempted to … The Fruit Machine primarily used the “pupil area response test” as an …

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The real life fruit machine used by the RCMP. Though given the nickname from a simple slot machine, the Canadian fruit machine was anything but benign.

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The Canadian War on Queers

About the Book Selected for the 2011 Over the Rainbow Book List, a Book List from Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table of the American Library Association From the 1950s to the late 1990s, agents of the state spied … Continue reading

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Canada Census and Queers

I’ve been going through some old files and I found this letter from 1999 to CBC radio on the issue of The Canada Census including a sexual orientation question. (which they still do not have – we can only identify … Continue reading

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Oh….. Canada Day, eh?

I worked at the tower of the Library Square Complex for three different Federal Departments. I used to go to the Heritage Canada offices and get Canada paper flags and pins in advance of this day. My morning would be … Continue reading

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BC Lower Mainland Bridges: For Whom the Bridge Tolled

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