In a viral video, a homophobic cowboy rails against a Pride Crosswalk.
After an incident concerning the painting of a Pride crosswalk in the city’s Broadway neighborhood on June 9, a 71-year-old man was arrested in Saskatoon, Canada.
Officers were responded to a call of a disturbance around 9 p.m., according to a Saskatoon Police news release. The man was accused of “aggressively yelling at a group of folks” and “attempting to dismantle road obstacles” after being caught on video.
To commemorate Pride Month and in preparation for Saskatoon’s Pride event, volunteers from local LGBTQ+ non-profit organization OUTSaskatoon painted a rainbow and trans Pride crosswalk.
Locals had been blowing automobile horns in support of them and even offered donuts while they worked, according to witness Logan Roberts. The man, later called a “homophobic cowboy” online, allegedly started hurling racist comments at several of the artists.
The man, according to Roberts, parked his car and walked back to the crosswalk.
“Then he grabbed the barricades that had been set up for our safety while we were painting and started throwing them and ranting and shouting how foolish we were and how we were destroying the country,” he added.
Following that, the man was arrested and released on a summons. In November, he is scheduled to appear in court.
“Last night, there was an incident involving an individual who attempted to interrupt our #Pridewalk painting on Broadway and 10th,” Saskatoon Pride and OUTSaskatoon said in a statement posted to Twitter. Their actions were fueled by homophobic and racial comments intended to provoke violence; the situation is now being dealt with legally.
“Last night’s events in #yxe, as well as the recent aggravated assault on a gay man in Toronto, serve as reminders of the harassment and violence that our #SLGBTQ communities continue to endure. While Pride has evolved to include celebration, there are still plenty of basic rights and freedoms that we must fight for.” Pride began as a protest to fight back against the violence and discrimination we face as a community, and while Pride has evolved to include celebration, there are still plenty of basic rights and freedoms that we must fight for.”
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