The Sentencing Hearings of Andre Denny: Casting a Queer Eye. Part II

{Speaking for the Crown} Mr. Heerema goes through the chronolgy of events. He tells us that Raymond and Mr. Denny had never met before that night. He relates that Raymond intervened to protect his friend who was being threatened by Mr. Denny, and how Mr. Denny then turned on him. He describes in grim detail the blows delivered to Raymond and the injuries he sustained. Calling the crime a "vicious, gratuitous beating that was senseless and unprovoked,” with rhetorical flourish he says, “Mr. Taavel was in the path of a storm that night.”


Agreed Statement of Facts in Andre Denny Hearing

Trigger Warning: We have paraphrased some of the details out of respect for our readers and the right to privacy of some of those involved, including Raymond.  Any redactions, paraphrases, or comments are indicated by square brackets [  ]. Please note that even with these redactions and paraphrases, this document may be upsetting. While the basic facts are widely known, the devil is in the detail.   


Sunday: Elderberries Host Discussion with Roy Ellis

"The picture the mind's eye creates when combining the titles of "Reverend" and "Bereavement Coordinater" is unlikely to match the lively and entertaining Roy Ellis. A self-described "motorcyclist, writer, and spiritual counsellor", he cuts a roguish, swashbuckling  figure. Yet he is acutely acutely aware of the fragility of life. “I work in bereavement. Every day I see people die.' ”

When: Sunday March 13, 2:00 PM. Where: 2615 Northwood Terrace, Halifax, and take an elevator up to P, the, the Penthouse (with one of the best views in the city).



The Sentencing Hearings of Andre Denny: Casting a Queer Eye. Part I

"The Crown introduces the first video, a security tape from Menz Bar. ...  it’s clear that we’ll be shown the closing (carefree?) moments of Raymond’s life.Defence Attorney David Mahoney stands and in a quiet voice identifies the people in the bar, the bartender, Raymond —“in a white shirt” ... His white shirt flickers like a candle. ... Then suddenly that flickering white shirt is moving; up onto the dance floor with ... There is no questioning the identity of that gangling, long armed dancer. It’s Raymond, as so many of us have so often seen him, exuberant, joyful, dancing. It takes my breath away."


NSRAP 2015-2016 Board

Last week the newly elected NSRAP Board held the first meeting of 2015-16 and elected a new Executive.  The 2015-2016 Executive is:

  • Chair: Rebecca Rose 
  • Vice Chair: Emily Davidson
  • Treasurer: Frankie Bezanson
  • Secretary: Owen Johnstone
  • Member at Large: Susanne Litke
  • Past Chair: Adam Myatt

NSRAP Board Members at Large (elected at the May Annual General Meeting):


Honest To God: Halifax Unity Mosque

Dateline 2015-05-08

By Daniel MacKay

On June 7, I attended the Halifax Unity Mosque congregational salat, or worship, at the invitation of one of the LGBT members who knew I was interested.


Halifax Pride OutWines With Mama Tits: Sat. June 6!

"Halifax Pride 2015 is thrilled to announce their upcoming fundraiser featuring Mama Tits on June 6, 2015 at The Lord Nelson.  ... The One and Only Mama Tits, Seattle's Skyscraper Hostess, is the creation of Brian D. Peters, who has been in and around the theatre world since the age of five." 


International LGBT Organization marks May 17: IDAHoT

Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi told us, "A world without homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia is a place where people respect each other's differences.  Where life decisions are a private matter not judged by unconcerned others."

Leigh Ann van der Merwe, a trans woman from South Africa, shared: "In a world without transphobia ... [everyone] will understand gender in all its diversity beyond the binary of male and female. I will live in a world where the healthcare system offers gender responsive healthcare, and be appointed to or declined for an employment opportunity based on my competence, and not my gender identity".



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