Thursday, September 08, 2016

In Canada, Gay Activists Sue Christian Group That Infiltrated Pride Parade

Last month in Canada, two LGBT activists filed a class action lawsuit against a group of Christian conservatives who, calling themselves the "Gay Zombies Cannabis Consumers Association," registered under false pretenses to march in the 2016 Toronto Pride Parade.  According to the complaint (full text) in Hudspeth v. Whatcott, (Ont. Super. Ct., filed 8/11/2016), the Gay Zombies, wearing green costumes that disguised their identities, handed out 3000 flyers showing graphic pictures of sexually transmitted diseases and vilifying homosexuality.  Alleging civil conspiracy, intentional infliction of mental distress, and defamation, the suit seeks an injunction to bar defendants from future participation in or attendance at the Toronto Pride Parade; an order barring them from further distribution of the offensive flyers; and damages totaling $103 million (Canadian). Daily Xtra (Aug. 12) reported on the lawsuit.