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:
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.
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.
Jun 1, 2015 – A lawyer is arguing in a B.C. court this week that the RCMP systematically discriminated against women and a class action lawsuit against the …
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