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Canadians Rally Behind Gay-Bashed Man

Residents of Thunder Bay, Ontario are rallying around gay-bashing victim Jake Raynard, who was brutally beaten by a gang of men with bricks as he stood outside a gay bar this weekend.
A group has formed on Facebook offering support and communicating the messages of support for the injured man, who underwent reconstructive surgury on the weekend following the attack early Saturday morning. The Facebook group has been growing at about 30 people per hour. Juan Anderson reports, "The level of support coming forth is overwhelming. The community is rallying around Jake and taking a firm stance against hate crimes in our community. Let's spread that sentiment as far we can: 1. A rally is taking place Friday at 6 PM in Waverly Park. All people who support Jake and believe that this action has no place in our community are asked to attend. More details will be solidified in an announcement tomorrow. 2. A Fund has been established for Jake. This fund will be dedicated to permit Jake access to legal consultation, rehabilitation treatments, and some basic income while unable to work.
Join Jake's Facebook support group here.

(Tipped by JMG reader Allen in Thunder Bay)

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