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Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Billet a gay American?

OTTAWA -- A Canadian couple has launched an online billeting program to help gay Americans trying to flee their homeland. 'BIG DECISION'

The re-election of U.S. President George W. Bush and the U.S. movement to ban gay marriage has inspired some homosexuals to consider immigration to Canada. Through his website,, Larry Dickinson of Fredericton, N.B., is rolling out the red carpet to ease the transition.

"It's a big decision to make and when you make it, there's a lot involved. You've got to find a place to live, find a job and it's very expensive to do that," he said.

"I thought, why not try to make it easier for them to move to Canada? It always helps to be nice to your neighbour."

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Muslim Parents Demand School Remove Their Children From Class Discussions On Gay Families 
by Jan Prout Toronto Bureau

(Toronto, Ontario) Muslim parents Monday night demanded that their children be removed from a mandatory class on diversity. The group told the Toronto District School Board that the program promotes homosexuality. 

The parents, whose children are enrolled in the downtown Market Lane Public School, were particularly angered by discussions in the course on same-sex marriage, and families where both parents are gay.


'DISGRACEFUL'- New report says Gov't, police condone abuse of gays, HIV persons
By Trudy Simpson, Freelance Writer

HUMAN RIGHTS organisations yesterday accused the government and the police force of turning a blind eye to the rampant abuse of homosexual males and persons living with HIV/AIDS.

In an explosive new report, launched by Human Rights Watch ú an international organisation ú at the Courtleigh Hotel, New Kingston, local human rights groups the Independent Jamaica Council For Human Rights (IJCHR), Jamaicans For Justice (JFJ) and Families Against State Terrorism (FAST) called for the establishment of an independent body to investigate allegations of discrimination and abuse based on sexual orientation or HIV status. Perpetrators, they say, should be punished to the full extent of the law.

The report also accused government officials of turning a blind eye to "state-sponsored homophobia and discrimination" which, Human Rights Watch said, represents breaches of international conventions against discrimination, which Jamaica has been a signatory to.


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