Lesbian Couple Threatened and Told to Leave Town in the Name of Jesus Christ

A lesbian couple in Kingston, Ontario received two threatening letters demanding that they leave town or face being hunted down.

‘Lesbian bitches,

We are a small but dedicated group of Kingston residents devoted to removing the scourge of homosexuality in our city. We know you and have been following you for the past several weeks and we wish for you to leave this city, before it is too late, for you. This will be the first of many reminders, each escalating to higher and higher levels of harassment and derailment. Since we have nothing personal against you, only against your sexuality, we suggest you move to more conductive climes like Vancouver, or preferably San Francisco.

Our base, head office in Deep South, has been energized by the recent US Supreme Court decisions legalizing same sex marriage. We feel that unless homosexuals reconvert to heterosexuality that life under this planet, under the umbrella of our Lord Jesus Christ, will become unbearable. Having observed you, we feel that you are committed lesbians unlikely to convert, hence this (first and only) gentle attempt to make you move.

If you do not, and take this letter to police, as we expect, we will know about this, since we have contacts in Kingston Police. Our efforts to relocate you will escalate. We wish to avoid this scenario. We are primarily non-violent, but use violence surgically to persuade people. We hope you understand without us painting to lurid a picture.

In the last several years we have relocated a few people like you from the Kingston area, through a set of incentives and effective persuasion. Please join their ranks ASAP. We will watch and wait, and then strike, at home and office, as need arises. These are not empty threats. MOVE, or else!

Thank you for your attention. We await effective action on your part, ASAP. You are not going to be safe at home, office or anywhere else if you ignore this message! However if you take this seriously, and make attempts to move, someone from our organization will contact you to make your relocation easier financially. If, additionally, you persuade another couple like yourselves to move, we will provide them financial assistance and yourselves a bonus for your help. We are a committed bunch and come hell of high water, we will move you out. Best under congenial circumstances, don’t you think?’

In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, our saviour.’

The second letter said:

‘Lesbos:

As a followup, we had a group meeting yesterday on how best to deal with you. Some of our younger members want to have fun chasing “lesbos”. We have brought them BB guns and today they are doing target practice, so that they can hunt you down. It is regrettable that in Canada, real guns are hard to find, so BB it shall be. I can assure you BB pellets hurt!!

This is thrilling for the youngsters not so much to older members who would much rather see serious action rather than playing with BB guns. However youngsters also want to have their fun, and what better targets than you?’

Take our previous letter seriously or fun and games will turn into deadly serious action.

It’s hard to believe that this sort of thing would be happening in Canada, but apparently it is. I can only imagine how frightening receiving a letter like this would be.
Also, this isn’t the first time Kingston’s LGBTQ community has faced incidents like this. According to another news story, there have been other incidents, at least one of which was also carried out using a BB gun:

On May 31, anti-gay posters were plastered around Confederation Basin downtown prior to the city’s flag raising ceremony, which marked the beginning of Pride Month in the city. She said city workers removed them before commencing the ceremony, and Kingston Police officers were present for security purposes.

Kinder also said another same-sex couple in Kingston reached out to her and told her they had also received similar letters a few years ago, adding that the HARS office, located at 844a Princess Street, was also shot at by a BB gun recently.

“Other people’s license plates have been removed and dented and tossed aside,” she added. “This year during Pride Parade there was also a woman who basically parked to prevent the parade from moving any further, and when the police asked her to move she refused.”

However, she was unable to confirm whether these incidents were connected to the latest hate letters.

The police have been contacted and they’re investigating. Hopefully, these two women remain safe. I applaud their courage and the continued courage of the LGBTQ community in Kingston and abroad. It must be hard to put up with such bigoted behavior. They deserve to live their lives free of fear, without receiving hate mail based on their sexual orientation.
I also hope the Kingston police find the people who wrote that letter and prosecute them to the full extent of the law. Hate crimes such as this one should never be tolerated in a free society.
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