Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Was Chris Skinner Killed Because he was Gay?
I don't know what happened at this dark intersection in Toronto's so-called entertainment district early Sunday morning.
What I do know is that all my friends believe that Chris Skinner was assaulted and then brutally murdered because he was gay.
Even if the police don't.
Gallant said the notion the assault was related to Skinner's sexuality is "pure speculation."
"We don't have anything pointing to that at this time," he said. "There is no evidence of it."
Which at least one of Chris Skinner's friends finds troubling.
"Either they know more than they are saying and they are just trying to dampen down speculation, or they are just being wilfully blind to the fact that gays and lesbians suffer violence on our downtown streets on a regular basis."
Fights happen, but "the fact is they actually left him on the street and then drove over him," he said. "To actually get into an SUV and deliberately run somebody open, to extinguish their life, that has no justification."
As I said before I don't know what to think.The entertainment district is full of disgusting belligerent drunks. I've been involved in about five or six fights there, since I arrived in this city a few years ago. So I suppose ANYTHING could have happened.
But you have to wonder how a group of people could hate a stranger so much that they would beat him unconscious and then run him over with a SUV. Because it sounds so familiar.
What I do know is that anti-gay violence is growing in this country. Not enough is being done to fight homophobia.
Justice is a joke.
And we're not just fighting for our human rights.
We're fighting for our LIVES...