Support gay rights and see The Queers and Riptides at Mavericks in Ottawa!!

Reasons for signing

See why other supporters are signing, why this petition is important to them, and share your reason for signing (this will mean a lot to the starter of the petition).

Thanks for adding your voice.

Anita Kanitz
5 years ago

"The way people treat you, is a statement about who they are as a human being. It is not a statement about you."

"Be the change and the hope for the future, the hope for our children and grandchildren!
Fear nothing and go your way for freedom, justice and peace on earth."
Anita Kanitz

“The only queer people are those who don't love anybody.”
― Rita Mae Brown

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”
― Desmond Tutu

Homophobes trying to “cure” LGBT people are hitting a new low in Peru, where lesbians are being subjected to “corrective rape” in order to “cure” them of their sexual orientation. While there’s aren’t reliable statistics on the phenomenon, a report by the BBC has uncovered anecdotal evidence of corrective rapes and what appear to be "well-intentioned" sexual assaults. The horrendous idea of “curing” lesbians through forced sex isn’t an isolated phenomenon, just as the concept of "curing" LGBT people through therapy hasn't been abandoned in the U.S. In South Africa, rape as “correction” and as punishment have been well documented.

Particularly unnerving in the Peruvian cases reported by BBC World’s Leire Ventas is the involvement of family members. One lesbian activist in Peru was raped by her uncle, according to Marxy Condori, who described herself as a friend of the victim and gave Ventas a second-hand account of the incident. She said that the family of the victim pressured her to not file charges. In another case, an Arequipa woman named Kattia Montenegro said that she was threatened with rape by her own sister when she was 21-year-old. That case is well-documented and has made its way through court.

“The first time my sister threatened me with corrective rape I was scared,” Montenegro told the BBC.

Her sister was later ordered to pay damages and submit herself to treatment by a psychologist, according to the report.

Ending “Gay Conversion Therapy”

More than 40 years ago, homosexuality was defined as a “disease” in mainstream psychology and well-meaning psychologists debated the best means to “cure” LGBT people, including electric shock therapy, drugs and counseling. That designation ended in 1973, though it took much longer to root “treatment” of gayness out of professional psychology. On Thursday, another milestone was made: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a law banning gay conversion therapy for minors.

It’s the latest move in a series of steps by top officials in industrialized nations to end pseudo-scientific myths that perpetuate LGBT discrimination. California has a similar law, as does New Jersey and D.C. In April, president Barack Obama called for an end to conversion therapy nationally following the suicide of a gay teenager who was under “treatment.” Aside from not working, experts say that gay conversion therapy makes things even worse. How to treat former “patients” itself become and issue of psychology research, such as the paper “Undoing the Damage: Working with LGBT Clients in Post­-Conversion Therapy,” published by Jessica Horner in the Columbia Social Work Review.

“These clients may experience both sexual and spiritual identity crises, symptoms of depression and anxiety, hopelessness, sexual dysfunction, and symptoms of post-traumatic stress,” Horner wrote.

Cruel dead of a gay man in Australia:

24 Apr 2009

Police hope the graphic image of Chen Liu's skull will help them track down his killer.

Detectives said the nails, which measure up to 85mm long, were fired into his head by a high-powered nailgun.

His decomposed body was found floating in the Georges River in southern Sydney in November. It had been bound with electrical wire and wrapped in a domestic rug.

Since then, the trail has gone cold and detectives released the x-ray as part of a fresh appeal for information.

Officers believe Mr Liu, 27, was shot and killed before being driven to the river in his own 4WD and dumped.

Detective Inspector Mark Newham told local media that post-mortem examination results had showed Mr Liu was shot repeatedly in the head up to 30 times with a high-powered nailgun.

"Similar types of nailguns can fire nails up to 85mm long," Mr Newham said.

Detectives said the nailgun used in the murder was a standard cordless, framing, gas-charged gun, widely available for sale and hire.

Mr Liu was believed to be homosexual and lived with his partner in Rockdale. He was reported missing by a male friend two weeks before two children, aged 9 and 14, found his body while on a canoeing trip. He emigrated to Australia from China in 2000,

The Brutality of ‘Corrective Rape’

South Africa has one of the world’s highest rates of sexual assault. According to a 2009 government survey, one in four men admit to having sex with a woman who did not consent to intercourse, and nearly half of these men admitted to raping more than once. An earlier government study found that a majority of rapes were committed by friends and acquaintances of the victim.

Just as disturbing is a practice called “corrective rape” — the rape of gay men and lesbians to “cure” them of their sexual orientation.

In one of the few cases to attract press attention, in 2008, Eudy Simelane, a lesbian, was gang-raped and stabbed to death. Her naked body was dumped in a stream in the Kwa Thema township outside Johannesburg. A soccer player training to be a referee for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, she was targeted because of her sexual orientation.

In 2011, Noxolo Nogwaza, 24, was raped, and stabbed multiple times with glass shards. Her skull was shattered. Her eyes were reportedly gouged from their sockets. Ms. Nogwaza had been seen earlier that evening in a bar with a female friend.

Funeka Soldaat, a founder of Free Gender, a black lesbian activist group in the Khayelitsha township outside Cape Town, described an atmosphere of pervasive fear: “It’s as if you are sitting like a time bomb. You don’t know when it’s going to explode. You are just waiting for it to be your turn. And you won’t get any support from the community, as the community thinks homosexuality is un-African. Homophobia is going to take time to go away, if it ever does.”

South Africa has proven to be one of the most progressive countries on the African continent in terms of observing tolerance and people’s rights, especially the rights of minority groups. However, although South Africa has made positive strides in equality and in guaranteeing rights, especially pertaining to sexual orientation, the country has seen a dramatic rise in brutal attacks against lesbians. This is in spite of Section 9 of the South African Constitution of 1996, which guarantees the right to equality and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, as well as in spite of South being a signatory to the 2008 United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity. One would also imagine that South Africa, being the only African country to recognize same sex marriage practice would make it safer for all, including lesbians. The reality unfortunately is not so. Despite this progressive legislation, corrective’ rape – otherwise known as ‘curative rape’ – is a growing problem in many townships across South Africa.

One step forward, five steps backwards

During its transition from the horrors of apartheid, South Africa has been seen as a beacon of tolerance and understanding. However, incidences of violence against women are on the rise. Rape has become a huge problem for the country. One survey has shown that one in four men in South Africa admit to having raped at least one woman (Smith, Quarter of Men in South Africa Rape, Survey Finds, 2009). In spite of the high statistics on violence, South Africa is still seen as one of the most liberal countries in Africa. It has been lauded for its constitution, as it guarantees a life of dignity and equality for all, thus guaranteeing the right to equality and prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

It is my position that South Africa needs to adopt both a legislative and judicial approach to hate crimes and ensure that ‘corrective’ rape – or any rape occurring due to the victim’s sexual orientation – be included in that definition. South Africa already has the foundation it needs to make corrective rape a hate crime. The 1996 Constitution guarantees a life of equality and dignity and protects sexual orientation as a class. Under certain case law, the judiciary also has the right to create common law that brings the country into alignment with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Promotion of equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination 4 of 2000 prohibits ‘hate crimes’ committed against persons of a specific group. However, sexual orientation is not included under the section that grants a sentence enhancement for crimes based on certain protected classes.

Hate Crimes

A hate crime is any incident that constitutes a criminal offence perceived as being motivated, in whole or in part, by prejudice, hate, or bias. (International Association of Chiefs of Police, 1998) It is not just a crime committed against an individual, but also encompasses crimes against property, organisations or communities. The crucial element in a hate crime, which truly sets it apart from other crimes, is the motive. (Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, 2009) Hate crimes differ from general crimes because the perpetrator is specifically targeting someone who identifies with a specific group. The perpetrator seeks to demean and dehumanise their victims based on their actual or perceived race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, health status, nationality, social origin, religious convictions, culture, language, or other characteristics (American Psychological Association, 1998). It is not just an attack on someone’s physical self, but also an attack on someone’s identity (American Psychological Association, 1998). Perpetrators target someone, not because of who they are as an individual, but because of what they represent thus denying victims the right to participate openly and equally in society. The Hate Crimes Act of 2000 eloquently states that:

Hate crimes do more than threaten the safety and welfare of all citizens. They inflict on victims incalculable physical and emotional damage and tear at the very fabric of free society. Crimes motivated by invidious hatred toward particular groups not only harm individual victims, but send a powerful message of intolerance and discrimination to all members of the group to which the victim belongs. Hate crimes can, and do, intimidate. (N.Y. PEN. LAW § 485.00: NY Code - Section 485.00: Legislative findings)

Hate crimes do intimidate and can disrupt entire communities and vitiate the civility that is essential to healthy democratic process. Women and girls in South Africa who are lesbians have been the recipients of some of the most brutal hate crime attacks.

Corrective Rape

Corrective rape, also known as curative rape, is a brutal act of violence in which African women and teenagers who are, or are at least assumed to be, lesbians are raped to ‘cure’ them of their homosexuality. Although South Africa has some of the most progressive legislation pertaining to homosexuality (i.e. the legalisation of same-sex marriage and legalised adoption for homosexuals) many still view homosexuality as a sin. Some see it as an ‘imported white disease’. (Silvio, 2011) Perpetrators seek to ‘correct’ the women’s behaviour through rape by ‘teaching them a lesson’ on how to behave like a ‘real African woman’ (J. A Nel, 2008). Some men view lesbians as a threat to their concept of masculinity because they fear that lesbians could possibly steal their girlfriends. In an interview with the BBC, Thulani Bhengu said “...when someone is a lesbian, it’s like saying to us men that we are not good enough.” (Fihlani, 2011) In a video featured on The Guardian’s website, one man stated that:

If there is someone who is trying to rape a lesbian, I can appreciate their thing. It's just to let them know that they must be straight. For me, I have no time to rape them but if another guy wants to teach them the way, they must rape them, they must rock them. Once she gets raped, I think she'll know which way is nice. (Mieses, 2009)

Lesbians, mostly those who live in poor black communities, live in constant fear. They could be attacked not just by strangers, but also by family members, friends, acquaintances or neighbours. They are taunted and harassed and are unable to live a life of dignity and equality. One victim told ActionAid: “We get insults every day, beatings if we walk alone…you are constantly reminded that you deserve to be raped. They yell ‘…if I rape you then you will go straight, you will buy skirts and start to cook because you will have learnt how to be a real woman’.” (Geen, Rise of 'Corrective Rapes' on Lesbians in South Africa, 2009)

The most well known case of ‘corrective’ rape involved Eudy Simelane, the former star of South Africa’s Banyana Banyana national female football team. She was training to be the first female referee for the 2010 World Cup (Funda, 2011). On 28 April 2011, she was found in a creek in a park in Kwa Thema on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Her attackers had dragged her across the ground, stabbed her 25 times in the face, chest and legs, gang raped her, and left her, half-naked, in a ditch to die (Ahmed, 2009). Simelane’s case has been one of the only cases so far that has resulted in a conviction when one of the perpetrators pleaded guilty. The two other men on trial were found not guilty due to lack of evidence (Bearek, 2009). During sentencing, however, the judge stated that Simelane’s sexual orientation played no part in the crime. Moreover, the judge made no effort to hide his own prejudice when he showed how uncomfortable he was using the world ‘lesbian’ during the trial. At one point, he asked the prosecutor if there was another word he could use in its place (Bearek, 2009).

While Simelane’s case brought international attention to the issue of ‘corrective’ rape, there have been many other victims – some as young as 13 years of age (Smith, Teenage Lesbian is Latest Victim of 'Corrective Rape' in South Africa, 2011).

The coward crimes of so called normal men:

There was now a terrible rape crime in Brazil:

A 16 year-old Brazilian girl was raped by 33 beasts.

Beyond that, rape has somehow become a "normalisation" in Brazil. Victims are blamed instead of the rapists.

A girl is raped every 11min in Brazil.

Almost 50,000 rapes were reported to the police in 2014
It is estimated only 35% of rape cases are reported.

"It doesnt hurt only the body but the soul, there are cruel people not being punished." - 16-year-old survivor

I was raped by 30 guys ...
30 ...
I caught came 2, 3 only once ...
They were disputing who would take over and who would be more violent.
None of them tried to stop this barbarism ....
I was there, fallen, bleeding, leading spitting, slapping, hair - pulling, all so strong that I began to pray to die soon.
Every face, was being killed, I remembered my mother, my friends, I thought of all the women and begged the heavens so that no pass for that.
I was humiliated, scolded, ridiculed ...
none of the guys felt compassion, no covered me or defended me ...
I stood there, exposed, marked, thrown like a rag, took my human brightness ..
I was raped by 30 guys ... 30

Statement of the journalist Philippa Willitts :

"If I was a journalist, and I was reporting on the alleged gang rape of an 11 year old girl, I imagine I would discuss the horror of the situation. I would talk to experts on child rape, and perhaps provide sources of support and information. I would write about the long-term effects that such an assault can have on a girl, and I would perhaps discuss what may be involved in the legal process ahead for this child and the accused men and boys.

However, in researching the story, I found this,

But this is a case that has divided this Liberty County town.

Some sympathize with the suspects, saying the alleged victim was a willing participant, even though she is too young to give legal consent

as reported in My Fox Houston and elsewhere.

That information would change my approach altogether. Her local community and fellow students coming out with statements like,

“”To be honest, she looks older than she really is,” says Brandi Foster”,


““Where was her mother? What was her mother thinking?” said Ms. Harrison, one of a handful of neighbors who would speak on the record”

This girl was allegedly raped by as many as 20 men and boys. She was 11 years old.

Not only are the child, and her mother, being blamed for her assault, an awful lot of concern is expressed for the defendants.

“It’s just destroyed our community,” said Sheila Harrison, 48, a hospital worker who says she knows several of the defendants. “These boys have to live with this the rest of their lives.”


“It’s devastating, and it’s really tearing our community apart,” she said. “I really wish that this could end in a better light.” (from NY Times)


Sherry Fletcher, whose 20-year-old son Devo Shaun Green is among those charged, spoke to the network about her son’s arrest. She said: ‘It just seems like a dream. ‘I just hope everything comes out well, because some of these kids are innocent.’ (from Daily Mail, .

Why is nobody asking what happened in one community to potentially create 20 rapists? Why is nobody expressing concern for the child at all? Why is it that the concern about the legal action is focused on the effect on the accused men, not the effect on the girl?

And if I was a journalist reporting this story, I would never, ever do what the New York Times in particular did, and report uncritically on a community’s victim-blaming of an 11 year old girl who has had video of her alleged gang rape passed around her school, and which is now being investigated by the police.

James McKinley, the journalist, considers it newsworthy that

Residents in the neighborhood where the abandoned trailer stands — known as the Quarters — said the victim had been visiting various friends there for months. They said she dressed older than her age, wearing makeup and fashions more appropriate to a woman in her 20s. She would hang out with teenage boys at a playground, some said.

He does not report that it does not matter what a woman or girl is wearing. It does not matter if she ‘dresses her age’ or not. It does not matter if she wears make-up. He does not even question these statements, he just quotes them as they stand. He does not even mention that an 11 year old child is considered to be always incapable of consent in the law.

People should know better. The New York Times in particular should.

Other online reports of this story have comments like,

It doesn’t make it right but when all the truth comes out I won’t be surprised if it turns out that she was telling everyone she was 17 yrs old and that she probably orchestrated the whole thing. A lot of young people’s lives will be ruined by this young, promiscuous girl. Something this big had to have been planned. Put them all in jail including the young girl.

This misogyny has to end! It does not even matter if she had told anyone she was 17. Or 27. Or 87. Women and girls get raped through no fault of their own. How many times do we need to report this until it is understood?"

In Germany we have an new rape scandal. Two years before, the young model Gina-Lisa Lohfink was drugged, raped and filmed of two men. She goes to the police and now she is blamed of slander. The rape video is on the social networks and she is blamed as slut. Rape is the only crime, the victim is accused. One judge said, she must pay 24.000 € to the both men. We must stop this.

Thanks for adding your voice.

Mark Birksted
6 years ago
This band dissolved any homophob teenage angst I had in a rural northen ontario highschool. Do you realize how much crap you get from jocks when you wear a shirt that says THE QUEERS... you get called "fag" more then the out dudes.

To my understanding that was kind of the point of the name,... to turn bigoted asshole away. The Queers have been making "safe spaces" for weirdos since the 80's... they were probably calling themselves Queers before you even knew you were....

The queers love everybody. It's ok to say things that not everybody agrees with, in life and especially rock n roll. If you listened to this band before Principal Togar (Babely Sahdes) and this PTA group tried to shut down the Rock n Roll show ...

If you wanna feel safe stay at home. some people don't feel good anywhere,... some people can't even leave their house... why don't you focus your time and positive energy helping people that need it, not protecting people from a non threat... you're selling alarm systems to a gated community. All were welcomed at Queers, the fan-base is fuck ups and weirdos... you're worried you won't fit in? that's cool, don't come, it's a free country... that's the point.

Thanks for adding your voice.

Stephane Bourgon
6 years ago
Babely Shades' accusations are unfounded and just plain wrong.

Thanks for adding your voice.

6 years ago
You got my full support! Show Ottawa what you're all about!

Thanks for adding your voice.

Kenneth Boyd
6 years ago
PC-ness can suck my ass.

Thanks for adding your voice.

Rebecca Roma
6 years ago

Thanks for adding your voice.

Randy Hughes
6 years ago
I'm confused about what this is all about. I've been a fan since I was 17 and a friend for almost 10 years. The band name shouldn't be taken as offensive because the band's music and message has always been in favor of civil rights for all. Any lyric or message found to be offensive was obviously taken out of context. What a huge misunderstanding.

Thanks for adding your voice.

kurt pervert
6 years ago
The Queers rule!

Thanks for adding your voice.

Michael Fragnito
6 years ago
Everyone has a right to be happy rock on!

Thanks for adding your voice.

Andrew ulery
6 years ago
Trust me Joe King doesn't discriminate against gay people or anybody! I've known him for 25 years and he's a great guy, I only wish I live close enough to go to the show!