I read his blog earlier this evening and I was and at the same time...I can't believe stuff like this is still happening...we are living in the 21st century...why is tolerance still such an issue?
What is wrong with people?!
Overhauling this law is an ongoing favourite promise here in Canada during Federal Election Season, but while tweaks have taken place, the very badly needed overhaul and updating the Act requires has yet to take place. Usually when the Police Chief Association of Canada have their Annual Meeting, this is always at the top of the list of their top concerns they want Parliment to deal w/. It hasn't happened yet though.
And yes, I know...I'm crossing the line between here and PI, but Mods, please have patience as it truly was the answer to the question Louise asked.
Keep in mind this happened in Canada. While I know this is something that happens on both sides of the Border, this sad story happened in Canada. Also what I quoted belongs more in PI than here.This really upsets me, and the old way of "boys will be boys" or whatever and a kid like this just has to be abused to an inch of his life? I could rant on how the American right wing does not want to include 'the gay' in the bullying criteria. But Christ, a kid is dealing with batteries shoved down his throat? I really can't believe it, or don't want to. That is not bullying, it's not saying bitchy things in the lunch line, that is assault and battery. What's with these schools that they will tolerate this kind of behavior?
Let's not turn this thread down that road please. That's what PI is for.
Was just reading this statement from Skate Canada, thought I'd share.
Come on, you can do it
Thanks for sharing the statement.
I found it by going to a website called Google.com and typing in "Skate Canada Homophobia 2009" then I pressed enter.
Come on, you can do it
The recent statement by Skate Canada was nothing but appropriate.
Skate Canada's statement was completely appropriate.
It was wonderful of Skate Canada to do that.I think the family of Jamie Hubley is probably very touched by the statement and the donation made in his honor.
I don't understand why teenagers are still being persecuted like this.
Devastating. My prayers and thoughts go out to Jamie's family.
Skate Canada's statement in regard to Jamie's death was most certainly appropriate. What is less fortunate is the stance taken publicly by SC officials about presenting fs as "tough" read "macho," read "Our sport is not associated with being gay," read "homophobia and insensitivity."
Why can't the ISU and all federations focus on educating everyone about the inclusiveness of figure skating, about the fact that it is a great sport that attracts all types of people? Why can't feds and ISU celebrate everyone of our skaters, gay, straight, lesbian, transgender, all ethnic backgrounds? Please let's get out of the dark ages. Why not take a stance of inclusiveness and embrace all young skaters who take up the sport? Most importantly, ISU and feds, stop being quiet and start speaking up about all the different people who make up this sport, past and present, and highlight all the things that make this sport great ... Maybe by taking such a stance, SC (and other feds) could help young skaters like Jamie to see that they are not alone, that they have something special to give, and many people who love them for who they are, and that their lives are worth living, worth living ... Saying goodbye is not the answer. May your life not have been lived in vain, Jamie. Your father's tribute speaks volumes ... an angel on earth, and now, in heaven.
Wake up, figure skating. Wake up, world.