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 Post subject: Rest in Peace, Mr. Taavel
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 12:04 am 
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For those unfamiliar with the story, Raymond was a local fixture of the queer community. He was beaten to death on April 17th, outside a local bar, as he tried to intervene in a gay-bashing. His killer has been arrested and is being tried for second-degree murder, though there are a long series of issues coming into play with the trial prep. Andre Denny, the accused, is deeply mentally ill and had been AWOL from the local psychiatric hospital after an unsupervised leave.

Yesterday was the , and the Halifax rally was also partially a second vigil/memorial for Raymond, and a reclamation of the downtown area as a safe space.





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That's really sad. You'd think in this day and age that sort of violent homophobia would have crawled away from civilization. To see it still going on, that he was punched out a couple years before his death, showing us that reaction is still there, everywhere, is horrible.


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I am really sorry to hear this story. We are having our first gay pride ever in Thessaloniki in a few weeks and despite the support of the authorities we will go there looking over our shoulders the whole time.

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