Late monday night, a prominent gay activist within Halifax was beaten to death outside of a gay bar. The victim, Raymond Taavel, tried to break up an altercation between a man he had just met at the bar, and another man who was seen shouting homophobic slurs at the pair.
The accuser, Andre Noel Denny, fled the scene after being Taavel, but was later found by police dogs in a nearby alley. Denny has a past of assault charges, and is being charged with second-degree murder.
I just don’t understand, especially in a country where same-sex marriage has been legal for so many years, how things like this can still happen. I equate this with someone being beaten outside of a bar because of their skin colour.
It’s such a shame that in places that are deemed first-world countries, people still have to live in fear, or at least live in a state of awareness, to ensure that their safety.