Global Toronto | 17140
Toronto’s gay community is worried about a series of disappearances of gay people from the city.
Fears are growing over the disappearances of Andrew Kinsman, Skanda Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi, Raymond Burnett and Majeed Kayhan.
Toronto Police confirmed they are treating Kinsman’s disappearance as suspicious. “Investigators are aware of the similarities, but there aren’t enough facts to connect the cases,” said Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook, adding there are no leads on his whereabouts.
Mindful of the Stephen Port case in the UK, the Toronto gay community is concerned. “These people going missing are customers that support out community. It’s concerned and reminds us all that we need to take precautions,” a concerned citizen told Global News. “We all see the links. They’re all gay men in their 40s, and it’s frightening because it could be someone in our community.”
The Canadian government building | Canadian Government Executive | 17119
The Canadian government is expected to become the next country to apologise to former gay staff in the federal civil service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Armed Forces who were interrogated and harassed from the 1950s to the 1990s because of their sexuality.
During the Cold War, hundreds of gay men and lesbians in Canada lost government and military jobs because of their sexual orientation during the “LGBT purge”.
Anastasia Bucsis | Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images | 16296ga
Canadian Olympic speed skater Anastasia Bucsis told CBC “Sport should be a safe place for absolutely everyone, and unfortunately we do see a lot of homophobia still in the locker room. It is a little bit of an old boys club. Obviously we have seen some great gains. I don’t want to be negative and discount what we have done, but it is nowhere near where it needs to be, and continuing that discussion is really the only way we’re going to champion that equality.”
Bucsis is well known for her charitable and social work, and CBC reminds us:
Bucsis has become a dedicated advocate for making the sporting community a safe place for LGBTQ athletes. When she’s not training for the Winter Olympics, she works as an ambassador and member of the You Can Play Project, an activist group dedicated to the eradication of homophobia in sports.