Canada may have pioneered their LGBT rights movement long before the rest of the world caught on, but it doesn’t mean the country doesn’t have their fair share of bigots.
Susan Belyea, a Queen’s University teacher, HuffPo blogger, and proud lesbian, arrived at her Kingston, Ontario home last Friday to find a rather aggressive and unprovoked letter in the mail. Addressed to the “lesbian bitches” at her address, the harassing five-paragraph letter demands that she and her partner leave the city under threat of physical violence.
It read in part:
We are a small but dedicated group of Kingston residents devoted to removing the scourge of homosexuality in our city. We know you and have been following you for the past several weeks and we wish for you to leave this city, before it is too late, for you. This will be the first of many reminders, each escalating to higher and higher levels of harassment and derailment. Since we have nothing personal against you, only against your sexuality, we suggest you move to more conductive climes like Vancouver, or preferably San Francisco.
The anonymous sender goes on to suggest “reconverting” to heterosexuality as the only way to stop threatening letters in the future. The sender boasts responsibility for forcing other gay couples to move out of the area, and threatens violence if ignored:
If you do not, and take this letter to police, as we expect, we will know about this, since we have contacts in Kingston Police. Our efforts to relocate you will escalate. We wish to avoid this scenario. We are primarily non-violent, but use violence surgically to persuade people. We hope you understand without us painting to lurid a picture.
In the last several years we have relocated a few people like you from the Kingston area, through a set of incentives and effective persuasion. Please join their ranks ASAP. We will watch and wait, and then strike, at home and office, as need arises. These are not empty threats. MOVE, or else!
Disgusting, but you can read the full letter here.
A follow-up letter was posted to Imgur last night, wherein the anonymous sender threatens violence once more, this time with the wrath of a BB gun. “Some of our younger members want to have fun chasing lesbos,” it reads. “We have brought them BB guns and today they are doing target practice…This is thrilling for the youngsters…and what better targets than you?”
The poster on Imgur points out the fact that Kingston’s HIV/AIDS services centre recently came under BB gun fire, and the two incidents may well be connected. “They are disgusting and vile,” centre coordinator Deb Kinder told The Whig. “When I was reading them I felt like I was being transported back in time.”
“I’m doing my best to reach out and see if anybody has a little bit of information that might lead us somewhere, but at this point I have no idea,” she continued. “Of course I would guess whoever they might be are very cowardly because they left no way of anyone contacting them.”
Full transcripts of both letters can be found on Imgur, if you can stomach any more.
I have it on excellent authority that the person responsible is already known by a certain nameless group and they have commenced an all out assault on him and all his associates.
Personally I condone them being executed, but driving a bigot to suicide shall suffice.
Of course they’re cowards, they’re religious fundamentalists.
You can sit there smugly in your new-found knowledge that even a paradise for equality like Canada has its fair share of bigots, but understand that the Canadian legal system, unlike the wonky American one, will make sure that the perpetrators of this bigotry pay for their crime. Because in Canada, what they are doing IS a crime. And best of all, it is a federal crime, falling under the category of “hate crime”.
The wording of the letters doesn’t ring true. They sound like either a hoax or a twisted practical joke. Real bigots would be far more unhinged, serious, and illiterate. Examples:
“We are a small but dedicated group” (What group trying to intimidate describes themselves as small?)
“Head office in Deep South” (Now they’re not small, but international.)
“escalating to higher and higher levels of harassment” (They describe themselves not as enforcers, but as harassers?)
“someone from our organization will contact you to make your relocation easier financially” (Yeah, that makes sense.)
“So BB it shall be” (Yoda joke?)
Then there’s the choice of font in the first letter. Not exactly Comic Sans, but close.
Well, if they lived in Florida, once they found out who was making these threats, they could go shoot them under the Stand Your Ground law.
See? It can work both ways!
The Jesus industry is a leading provider of hatred, bigotry, and immoral behavior. And it’s all based on a ridiculous ancient anthology of horror stories about invisible monsters in the sky.
Just say NO to ridiculous ancient fairy tales used to justify bigotry and intolerance.
@Merv: They are from CANADA. How did you miss that. Of course it’s going to be literate, controlled, and written in a pleasant font.
@Jackhoffsky: It looks as if he is aware of that. They posted “Head office in deep south” His reply : “Now they’re not small but international.” Implies knowledge of US/Canada ties.
@Steve Rider: “Jesus industry”. I like that. It’s so try.
@Steve Rider: sorry. “True”
IM A Gay Female…COME FOR ME,IM EFN BORED! Why do bigots worry SO much about where everybody’s “pee pee” is? Bahahahahah TRUST ME I could care less and never visualize who’s pee pee goes where ..
All they can think about is replacing “said pee pee” BAHHAHAHAHAH with another “said pee pee”
If you really think about it…THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT IT IS!! And who’s the efn weirdos?
I don’t get the whole bullying thing… I am bullied by NO ONE EVER!! Not even my family.
Straight males TRY to bully at work,but they find they are no match , and it stems from them flirting first,just to find out that I’m gay,and then the next step is anger,then the hilarious attempt to bully. It’s just the same process,and so predictable. Just gets boring.
Don’t care if the disgusting letters are real or not. If I received a letter like that I would be horrified.
@MikeE: That’s why I love Canada
Yes well only idiots write entire letters in the Papyrus font face.
@Merv: I had the same reaction. Something is off here.
@MikeE: Thanks for your vote of confidence in the Canadian legal system. I hope it is justified. It is true that hate speech is a crime here.
First of all, this is Canada; ergo I find this story hard to believe. Secondly, assuming she REALLY IS a teacher/blogger then, one would think, that airing such a story would be giving these people the platform they so desperately want. Would a pellet gun scare me? NOT BLOODY LIKELY!!!
Is this one of those instances where it is discovered an attention-hungry lesbian wrote hate letters to herself?
@kennetho9322: Canada is a bigger and more diverse country than you give us credit for. One thing we have going for us is that hate speach, which this clearly is, is illegal here. Never mind the pellet guns, someone has already broken Canadian law.
@stadacona: “One of?” Just off the top of your head, can you name ten more cases where attention-hungry lesbians wrote letters to themselves?
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