Longueuil family threatened for flying Gay Pride flag


Longueuil police are investigating after someone left a threatening note at a family's home which was displaying a Gay Pride rainbow flag.

The french handwritten note on lined notepad paper tells the family to remove what the writer calls the homosexual flag, saying they don't want their kind in the neighbourhood. It says to get rid of the flag, to shut up and they would be spared and they can continue their abominable life without prejudice. It concludes by saying if they kept the flag they would suffer the consequences.

The anonymous note was circulated widely in social media  and sparked an angry outcry against whoever wrote it.

Police at first told the victim they couldn't do anything because it was an anonymous note but two days later and after much outcry on Facebook, they opened a file. If arrested, the person would face charges of intimidation and uttering threats.

The family said through a friend they would not comment for the moment because they are afraid of repercussions.

Ex-president of the gay help-line Gai-Écoute Laurent McCutcheon said such a threat in 2014 is unacceptable.

"It's surprising to see in 2014 there are still cases like this," McCutcheon told CJAD 800 News.

McCutcheon said anonymous threats are "easy" but no less tolerable and equates it with bullying.

McCutcheon encourages people to file complaints and to persevere even if police don't listen at first. He said it's important for police to try to reassure victims. He added people can also contact organizations such as Gai-Écoute to denounce these types of acts and to record the complaint in its registry of homophobic acts.

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  1. bobby posted on 07/29/2014 07:00 AM
    Can' t they dust the note for prints? I doubt this genius wore gloves and he's such a pleasant human he might already be in the system for crimes....

    Pretty Pathetic really. Live and let live people..
    1. Jon posted on 07/29/2014 12:25 PM
      @bobby Exactly...
  2. Chris Steele posted on 07/29/2014 07:33 AM
    This should be dealt with as a HATE crime. It is no different than telling a ethnic group of people to remove their head gear or take down an ethnic flag.
  3. Cat posted on 07/29/2014 05:31 PM
    Looking at this, I'm wondering if it could be traced to an anglophone because it seems to me that whoever wrote this may not be a Francophone. 'Le drapeau homosexuelle'? Wrong ending. 'Cartier?' Not even the right word for neighbourhood. 'Votre act'? Isn't it spelled acte? Regardless, in this day and age, you'd think people would have the good sense to keep their own prejudices quiet.
    1. Nathalie posted on 07/30/2014 08:11 AM
      @Cat Not necessarly , you would be suprised how many french people can't write proper french, who ever wrote this is obviously not the brightest person on the planet, ignorance to it's best !!!
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