Members of the LGBTQ community say gay bashing cases in the gay village are on a rise and they've taken to social media to try to put an end to it.
Around 3:30 AM Saturday, DJ Alain Jackinsky was attacked by five men and women leaving Sky Bar on Sainte-Catherine Street. His roommate was also beaten when he tried to help.
The case sparked the creation of a Facebook page called “Le Collectif Carré Rose” to generate awareness and try to stop the problem. That page quickly went viral, receiving over 2500 likes in just three days.
“I wanted to create awareness, I didn't realize it was going to gain so much popularity so quickly. We will be meeting Thursday night to develop a plan on how we are going to take back the village and stop the violence,” Louis-Alain Robitaille, one of the founders of the group, told CJAD.
Pictures and comments about violence in the village have also gone viral, and other pages like this one are popping up across Canada in cities like Québec, Toronto and Calgary.
Still, when CJAD asked Peter Sergakis, the owner of Sky Bar, about the incident, he said his establishment is safe and so is the gay village.
Other Facebook posts asked community members to boycott Sky Bar, accusing management of closing its eyes to the problem.