Gays don’t deserve this

Gays don’t deserve this

Posted By Jerold LeBlanc/Editor

Posted 5 days ago

An Edmonton lesbian is recovering from serious injuries following what she described as being on the receiving end of a hate crime.Shannon Barry, who freely admitted she was intoxicated, was walking home with her friends at 3:25 a.m. Saturday in Edmonton, when they encountered a group of what they thought were young men.

Apparently when Barry’s group spurred their advances, even telling them they were gay, the group of guys hurtled homophobic slurs at Barry and her friends, something that is not new to Edmonton’s gay community, or other gays throughout the world.
Yet, that was only the start.

The situation got out of control when the group descended upon Barry and her friends, and soon she found herself being kicked in the face by one of her perpetrators.

The end result?

Barry, suffered a broken nose, as well as the bone below her eye socket, has undergone reconstructive surgery, where two metal plates have been inserted into her face, and the prognosis is she may have permanent nerve damage.

A lot has been made of the fact that the Edmonton Police Service dropped the ball during the initial handling of the case.

Instead of filing a report immediately, the officer took a couple of days off.

Barry was outraged when she discovered this type of treatment of her case, and later Edmonton Police Service chief Mike Boyd publicly apologized to Barry for the department’s lack of action.

The most surprising element of the entire issue, however, is Barry’s alleged perpetrator – a 14-year-old boy.

While in a perfect world, a 14-year-old boy wouldn’t be wondering the streets at 3:25 a.m. – even if it is on a weekend – little has been written about the parents of the accused, if he has parents at all.

As for the homophobic slurs, one could dismiss them as drunken ramblings of a bunch of guys who with too much testosterone, yet when have you ever heard someone yelling “hetro, hetro” at a bar fight, or a fight anywhere else for that matter.

However, what if the homophobic fears run a lot deeper than words, which appears to be the case in this instance?

We hope it’s an isolated, alcohol-fuelled incident, but considering hate crimes that do occur against members of the gay community – here in Alberta, and throughout the world – we doubt it.

People need to realize that the gay community is not a bug that should be crushed under a heel of a boot, but, instead, be embraced for who they are –human.

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