The gay-targeted murder of Alain Brosseau being remembered 20 years later in Ottawa

"People are still insulted in the street, people are still assaulted on the street, people are still killed."- Carl Stewart, filmmaker

The event starts at 7 p.m. with a free screening of Nice Shoes Faggot at the National Gallery of Canada at 380 Sussex Drive. At 8 p.m., participants will gather on the Alexandra Bridge, which connects Gatineau's Boulevard des Allumettières with Ottawa's St. Patrick Street near the National Gallery. They are invited to bring cellphones and flashlights in order to light up the bridge.

CBC reports:
(Canada) Ottawa residents and police will gather Friday evening on the Alexandra Bridge to remember a man murdered on Aug. 21, 1989 because his attackers thought he was gay. Alain Brosseau, 33, who worked as a waiter at the Château Laurier hotel, was walking home from his job through Major's Hill Park when he was attacked by a group of teenagers who chased him, beat him, dangled him by his ankles over the side of the bridge and let him fall to his death. His attackers later said they mistakenly believed Brosseau was gay, which he was not. Ottawa and Gatineau police and the organizers of the Capital Pride Festival are organizing the ceremony Friday to mark the 20th anniversary of Brosseau's death.

It will begin with the screening at the National Gallery of Canada of a short film by gay Ottawa filmmaker and artist Carl Stewart, who said Brosseau's death was a significant event and a turning point for the community. "I think the fact that he wasn't gay meant that it could happen to anyone." Following Brosseau's murder, the Ottawa Police Service started a new unit that went on to become the first hate crimes unit in Canada. Stewart said it's important to remember the incident because gay-targeted attacks are still happening. "People are still insulted in the street, people are still assaulted on the street, people are still killed." READ MORE

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