Montrealer claims to be victim of Russia's anti-gay law
A gay Jewish senior is calling himself Montreal's first casualty of Russia's infamous anti-gay law.
He's challenging his insurance company's refusal to cover his cancellation of a tour to Russia.
In 2010, K. David Brody wrote a novel called Mourning and Celebration, Jewish Orthodox and Gay, Past and Present, which went on to win several awards.
And right after Russia passed its contentious anti-gay propaganda law, Brody figured it wasn't safe to go there, so he cancelled a trip he had planned for this summer.
"I certainly wasn't going to lay myself open to that risk of going on vacation there, and running the risk of getting arrested and fined and goodness knows what."
But his insurance company, La Capitale, won't reimburse him, saying Ottawa didn't issue an official advisory, just unofficial warnings.
"I think the insurance company is interpreting the clause about the government advisory very narrowly," Brody says.
He, and Montreal's Centre for Research Action on Race Relations, are considering mounting a lawsuit against La Capitale.