On Fridays, just shy of 5 pm, the place fills with young bureaucrats, a reliable contingent of pilots, teachers, lawyers, media-types and workers on their biweekly break from the diamond mines. Rutland came north a few years ago, eager to escape his workaholic existence in Toronto. In Yellowknife he found, to his relief, not only an accessible gay network, but also a newfound and unexpected surge in his quality of life.
Kassam said the issue is not just about supporting gay athletes in Sochi, but decrying human rights violations taking place in Russia and other countries where people are being violently targeted because of their sexual orientations. Pride parades, met with brutal retaliation from right-wing groups and police alike, have been banned for years. Our country, Canada, disagrees with you, and now Yellowknife, Northwest Territories disagrees with your laws.
Speaking in his own defence in a Yellowknife boardroom, property owner Will Goertzen read from the Bible as he attempted to justify his not honouring a lease with Scott Robertson and Richard Anthony after finding out they were a couple. Homosexuality "isn't natural and it's a crime against nature. I can definitely not have a part in it," Goertzen told a commission adjudicator on Tuesday.
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They had two missions: lobbying municipal and territorial governments for gay and lesbian rights; and creating visible social events for queer people. The town was attractive, she says, because of its perceived easy-going attitude towards sexual diversity. Yellowknife gets it.
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And then for other people to see how special it is and want to continue it on. Rainbows in Yellowknife. Brasseur, born and raised in Yellowknife, came out when they were 11 years old.