The Murder of Raymond Taavel

Raymond Taavel was a well-known gay activist in Nova Scotia. He served as co-chair of Halifax Pride Week and was once the editor of Wayves magazine, a local gay publication. A burly psychiatric patient out on unescorted leave beat him to death while shouting anti-gay slurs.

I put the blame squarely on the churches and in particular the Catholic Church which is the original source of anti-gay propaganda.

I was a gay activist in the 1970s. I received about 380,000 abusive phone calls and 3000 death threats. Every homophobe justifies his violence with church doctrine. The churches no longer preach stoning adulterers or burning witches. It is high time they laid off encouraging violence against, bullying, harassment and persecution of gay people.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)