Toronto Gay Couple Found Their Christmas Decorations Vandalized

A Toronto gay couple were sad to find their festive holiday decorations vandalized.

Adam Broker and Chirs Barsnicki have been known for the past 12 years for their big Christmas lights and inflatable lawn decorations to celebrate the the holiday month. But this year, they were sad to find that three of these decorations were slashed by knifes.

“I was devastated, I was furious,” Broken told CTV News.

His partner Barsnicki shared similar words as he said, “I was devastated, more violated, because I do this for the kids in the neighborhood.”

Luckily, the two installed cameras to watch over their lawn so they know who did it (or at least, what type of people did it).

Part of Barsnicki’s feelings of violation are because the video footage caught a group of five teenagers as the culprits.

While Broker says that there’s ultimately about $500 worth of damages done to their lawn, Barsnicki doesn’t want any money back. He just wants the teens to give to local charities or to commit some community service.

That said, the two have reported the incident to the police.

Watch This Bisexual Teen Youtuber's Heartwarming Coming Out Story

Now we’ll be honest, this isn’t a story about a gay teen boy. Instead, it’s about a teen girl.

Yes, that shouldn’t matter, but often female driven stories don’t trend well on sites like Instinct.

That said, when you have such a charming and sincere story as Elle Mills’s, you have to share it no matter what.

But who’s Elle Mills? Mills is a 19-year-old Canadian youtube who creates stories in her videos. The videos are not quite vlogs but they do follow events in her everyday life (just with a little more creativity put into them).

But as popular as Mills has gotten over the years, it seems that there’s one question she can’t seem to escape. “Elle, are you gay?”

This question has pooped up so much and her personal life has transitioned to the point that she feels it’s finally time to answer. And so, she did in the best way she could, she made a video about it.

If you’re wondering how her coming out went, what the reactions of her friends and family were, and why this Instinct Writer immediately went to subscribe to her, then check out the video down below.

Canada Pledges To Pay $100 Million To Victims of The 1940s “Gay Purge"

Many countries are looking back at their past treatment of gay men and LGBTQ people as a whole with regret and remorse.

Earlier this year, the UK apologized for their convictions of gay men in the mid-20th century, and Germany’s Parliament unanimously voted to pardon 50,000 men convicted of homosexuality in the past. Now, Canada is doing the same.

Later today (November 28th), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wil apologize for the Canadian gay purge of the past. To go with that, the government will also be paying over $100 million to those who were affected during the time.

That said, the government’s not just shilling it out without a plan. The federal court will have to approve the details of payment before any of the thousands of victims see a cent.

But that’s not all. The government is also donating $250,000 to charity projects focused on fighting discrimination and homophobia.

Plus, new legislation is being introduced today to erase the criminal records of people who have been arrested and convicted for homosexual acts.

While Canadian citizens will have to apply for this removal of criminal records, families of those deceased can do so for their late loved ones.

Update 11/30/2017:

Here is the full speech from Trudeau

A Gay Chechen Refugee Was Attacked in Toronto

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News has released that last month, a young gay man who had escaped Chechnya into Canada was attacked by Chechen sympathizers.

Allegedly, what happened was that the young man from Chechnya was living in an undisclosed location in Toronto. He started talking to another man via a dating app and decided to meet up with this new romantic hopeful.

Sadly, when the young gay man got there he wasn’t greeted by just one person but two. The two men overpowered him and placed him in the backseat of a car before yelling and swearing at him. They reportedly said things like his homosexually had disgraced Chechnya.

But, luckily the young man was released physically unharmed.

Even though the victim has refused to report the incident, for fear of retribution, Toronto police have started an investigation into it.

In addition, this has caused a stir in the Chechen refugee community (those who went public) who had escaped from the country to Canada in hopes to finally be free of the hate and persecution.

Meanwhile, the Canadian government is still choosing to not comment on the entire situation.

Chrystia Freeland / via Youtube @TheNational

You see, word got out last month that there was a secret (though, not so secret anymore) program run by Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland that was actively helping at least 31 gay Chechen men escape Chechnya and enter Canada.

First, the gay men would escape their homes and find refuge with the charity/activist group Russian LGBT Network. From there, with the help of both organizations the men would travel through a sort of underground railroad until they had reached Canada.

After that, programs of assistance have been created to help the Chechen men integrate into Canadian life. For instance, housing has been offered, language training is being given, mental-health counseling is made available when needed, and programs are helping them to find work.

So far, besides the Canadian secret mission being leaked to the public, there were no issues in this mission to help gay Chechen men… until now.

Again, an investigation is ongoing to find out who these two attackers were and if they truly had ties to Chechnya.

And while the Canadian government is officially saying nothing about the entire operation and incident, they might be pulling some strings in the shadows as well.