Quebec Creates Registry to Track Homophobia
A gay helpline based in Montreal, Quebec, has created a new registry, which will be funded by the Quebec Justice Department, that will track homophobic incidents around the province, the Montreal Gazette reported.
Officials from the gay helpline, called Gai Ecoute, say the goal of the new registry is to raise awareness about homophobia in Quebec, even though the province is known for its acceptance of the LGBT community and gay rights.
The president of the helpline, Laurent McCutcheon, says that homophobia still exists in Quebec.
"The more visible (gays) are, the more the anti-gay types come out of the woodwork," McCutcheon said.
The article notes that the registry, which is anonymous and confidential, may be the first of its kind in the world. Individuals who call in can report acts ranging from anti-gay slurs in schools to psychological harassment in a workplace and physical attacks against members of the LGBT community.
The registry could have helped a man named Francois, who recently became the victim of homophobia after he was kicked out of a straight bar.
Francois, who is gay and in his mid 40s, and a straight coworker had a few drinks at a bar in downtown Montreal. After about 45 minutes at the pub, they complained that their drinks didn’t have alcohol. Instead of getting the proper service, three doormen kicked them out of the bar and threw them down the stairs and onto the street.
"We don’t want you here," they were told. "F---ing gays!" a doorman yelled.