Posted on | February 7, 2015 | 65 Comments
In Canada, a group called “Emerging Leaders” proclaims its mission to create “a more vibrant, inclusive, and dynamic . . . community for the future” in London, Ontario. If you suspect “vibrant, inclusive, and dynamic” are just a roundabout way of saying flamboyantly gay, you’ve probably heard about the survey these Emerging Leaders conducted “to examine attitudes in London’s queer community and understand its demographics.” Their theory is that “a key to shifting from London’s declining manufacturing economy into a diverse, innovative, knowledge sector economy” is to make their town as queer-friendly as the Castro district of San Francisco during the annual Gay Pride Parade.
Alas, the Emerging Leaders survey of the local “LGBTQ community” found that “only 16.1% of respondents fully agree that they feel safe and able to express their sexuality while walking in public in London.” This allegedly hostile climate of homophobia, said the Emerging Leaders, is “troubling,” and they urged “improving tolerance of London’s queer community . . . through increasing the opportunities for LGBTQ community members to meet in public spaces.”
Whether or not turning Ontario into the Queer Capital of Canada actually would be good for the economy, you can understand why some skeptics might object to this idea, especially as it involved depicting the area’s non-queer residents as dangerously violent bigots. In response to the Emerging Leaders survey, local conservative radio talk show host Andrew Lawton posted this information to his Facebook page:
Apparently, these are Facts You’re Not Allowed to Mention in Canada, and Lawton was forced to issue an online apology.
Alas, the local Diversity Fascists were not sufficiently appeased, and station manager Nathan Smith suspended Lawton’s program:
Perhaps, in the politest, most civil way possible, it would be a good idea to remind AM980’s Nathan Smith that until Andrew is reinstated, listeners will stop buying products and services advertised on the station. It might also be a good idea to remind some of the station’s advertisers of that.
You can email Nathan Smith at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Canada: Where Queer Freedom Is the Only Freedom That Matters.