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(   "The Edmonton Police Service . . . [sends] out its male recruits to walk hand-in-hand down Whyte Avenue to learn what gay men face"   ( divider line
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2005-10-20 08:21:24 PM  
That's a good thing. But it also makes me giggle.
2005-10-20 08:30:59 PM  
Young man, I was once in your shoes.
I said, I was down and out with the blues ...
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2005-10-20 08:38:20 PM  
I have walked arm in arm with a guy on several occasions and not faced anything out of the ordinary. (We're straight, but he's blind.)
2005-10-20 08:41:20 PM  
2005-10-20 08:38:20 PM ZAZ

I have walked arm in arm with a guy on several occasions and not faced anything out of the ordinary. (We're straight, but he's blind.)

He's in for a nasty shock when he gets your clothes off.
2005-10-20 08:54:06 PM  
funny, i've never seen male officers walking down whyte ave hand in hand...
2005-10-20 08:59:27 PM  
Something tells me they would be wearing street clothes, Dj_pjamicus. Uniforms would defeat the purpose of the assignment I think.
2005-10-20 09:38:25 PM  
Old hotness: Sending male recruits to walk hand-in-hand down an Edmonton street.

New hotness: Sending male recruits walking hand-in-hand down a Lynchburg, Tennessee street.
2005-10-20 11:05:48 PM  
This thread is Ghey.
2005-10-20 11:10:27 PM  
I have walked arm in arm with a guy on several occasions and not faced anything out of the ordinary

Yeah, sure.

Don't spit on my back and tell me you're cumming.
2005-10-21 01:17:15 AM  
Yay, representing

I live right there.
2005-10-21 01:19:56 AM  
Walking up and down a street holding hands with a guy will not make you look gay. I'm sure the guys will be standing as far apart as possible and telling everyone 'It's an assignment! I swear! I like chicks!' They won't be affectionate, they won't link arms and touch each other just to feel one another's presence, the way people who are attracted do.

And a couple minutes on the street won't let you know about the abuse hurled by absolute strangers for your entire life, or your family abandoning you or the government telling you to faff off, you're not wanted.

It is a nice gesture. A naive, misguided one, but nice all the same.
2005-10-21 01:21:16 AM  
Maybe they should force the homophobic Premier of Alberta to try the same thing... Or have him go drinking in a Gay bar for a change... Or send him to Utah where he belongs...
2005-10-21 01:22:41 AM  
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2005-10-21 01:26:41 AM  
There has never been a better time for the Ha! Ha! guy.
2005-10-21 01:28:06 AM  
Nice how that one line from the article really has nothing to do with the article, and that's what all the comments are about so far.
2005-10-21 01:28:50 AM  
the exercise makes sense, no matter how ridiculous it seems.

I mean, like when the put trainees through the mase test, it gives you an idea of what other people go through, whether it be taking mase to the face, or getting bashed for simply being gay.

I'm glad to see:

1) Canada's flooding the FARK mainpage (without my involvement, unfortunately)


2) it's my city that's doing this, because living in Alberta isn't the most positive of options for homosexual individuals (albeit better than say, Medicine Hat or some other rural town)
2005-10-21 01:32:56 AM  
All the little 15 year olds scared of Gays are piling in here I see... Don't worry kids, we're not after you, we're busy with your FATHERS...
2005-10-21 01:33:44 AM  
Rowsdower: "Go to Hell!"
Crow: "Or at least Edmonton!"
2005-10-21 01:34:53 AM  
Send them hand-in-hand walking into my apartment please. No more than 4 or 6 at a time, please. Uniforms preferred, but entirely optional. Thank you.
2005-10-21 01:36:25 AM  
Now he should make them beat the shiat out of each other with clubs so they can feel what it's like to be black.
2005-10-21 01:38:11 AM  
Ceph: Send them hand-in-hand walking into my apartment please. No more than 4 or 6 at a time, please. Uniforms preferred, but entirely optional. Thank you.

you know, it would be just easier if you got an escort service. At least they'd do more than stare at you uncomfortably as you rubbed it out.

plus, they don't disqualify ugly, even if they want to.
2005-10-21 01:39:42 AM  

Yes, that headline certainly summarized that article nicely...

2005-10-21 01:40:34 AM  
CanadianCommie: because living in Alberta isn't the most positive of options for homosexual individuals

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2005-10-21 01:40:46 AM  

Thread is useless without pictures of:
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2005-10-21 01:43:11 AM  
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Don't mind us, we're just two 'LADIES' out for a 'LADYLIKE' walk.
2005-10-21 01:43:37 AM  
Speaking of gay men in Edmonton, just wanted to say that the concert tonight kicked major ass.

That's all.

/Never seen men walking hand in hand on Whyte for the 8 years he lived there, but that may be because he didn't care enough to look for it?
2005-10-21 01:43:58 AM  
God help them when it comes time to let them feel what its like to be a transvestite.
2005-10-21 01:44:32 AM  

haha, cripes I hate my premier. I hope he passes out naked inside a bathhouse.

/oh yeah, and how YOU doin?
//sorry, had to throw that in after reading the profile
2005-10-21 01:46:03 AM  
>Same for another elevator-hopper who waited until he was alone with another person, then turned to that person to ask if she had broken wind.

King's University College has a demanding curriculum. That's what makes it the prestigious institution that it is.
2005-10-21 01:47:40 AM  
23 Enigma

I don't mind pics of guys kissing, but my god, those guys are ugly!
2005-10-21 01:50:19 AM  
For instance, we learn never to ask an older woman her age and never to snuggle up to a person on an otherwise empty park bench.

Or at a row of urinals for that matter.
2005-10-21 01:51:08 AM  
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2005-10-21 02:02:34 AM  
Cool, I know those people! I went to that school for a couple years. Andrea Kingma lived down the hall when I was in Rez.

2005-10-21 02:04:37 AM  
I took a 'creative thinking' class where the teacher made us do the exact same thing. Since I was an honest Abe back then, I made up the whole report and called it even.
2005-10-21 02:07:57 AM  
CanadianCommie: /oh yeah, and how YOU doin?
//sorry, had to throw that in after reading the profile

I'm doin' fine, baby, how bout you? ;)

/Can't understand why Canadian boys keep coming on to her after reading her profile....
//Also isn't very good at playing coy
2005-10-21 02:13:18 AM  
Up until they only knew what latent homosexuals faced.
2005-10-21 02:15:57 AM  
I like teachers like this. If you can't be taken out of your comfort zone, you can only learn so much. I had a couple of teachers like this at the University of Arizona. They were harsh, critical, but also very supportive.
2005-10-21 02:23:40 AM  

He's in for a nasty shock when he gets your clothes off.

2005-10-21 02:23:48 AM  
ecmo19741974: but also very supportive.

I'll take your word for it!

/I just hope they don't find thenselves involved in a "sword fight"

/But my brother in law might..
2005-10-21 02:25:19 AM  
Can you visualise it?

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2005-10-21 02:26:32 AM  
Another student phoned the 1-800 number on the back of a toothpaste tube, asked ridiculous questions about toothpaste, then began sharing his personal woes. When the toothpaste person said she couldn't talk, the student acted offended and asked, "Why don't you want to talk to me? Don't you like me?"

2005-10-21 02:26:53 AM  
I once had a sociology professor that we called Informal Norm.
2005-10-21 02:27:08 AM  
SwingingJohnson: Can you visualise it?

Is there much that get by you, Lt Dangle?

Are you aware your balls are hanging out?
2005-10-21 02:33:10 AM  

On behalf of all Edmontonians, I took the plunge and read your profile. I must say, you rock.

/when should I start hitting on you?
//just kidding...
///unless you're interested, in which case -that- was just kidding.
2005-10-21 02:34:20 AM  
2005-10-21 02:38:59 AM  
Sounds like a good plan, and I'm proud that it's being done in my country.

I moved to Toronto from Ottawa about six years ago.
Toronto's a huge city and I still feel lost pretty much wherever I am.

Just as I was getting comfortable with the area surrounding my new office, our office moved - right into the outer edge of Toronto's gay district.

I'm a big dude, and I've never had any problem with anyone at any time of the night walking the streets wherever I've lived.
But I have a bald head and a goatee, neither of which are entirely out of place in the gay district of Toronto.
So this one night, I was at the office late - it was about 1 in the morning, and I was walking towards the subway.
A car suddenly pulled over beside me that was full of young punks.
They were suburban punks - they're the most uncool, lowest forms of life in this city that only come out on weekends, and you can spot them a mile away, because they somehow think downtown Toronto is gangsterville and they're always looking for trouble.

Anyway, one guy leans out the window and asks me,

"Where the hoes at?"


"Where the hoes at?"

"I dunno man, can't help you."

"faggot! You farking faggot!"

I suddenly realized where I was, walking away from the middle of the gay district, and what was going on.
Probably for the first time in my 30 years or so, I was actually afraid for my life.
Frankly, it was terrifying, and I'll never forget that feeling.

I was only about a block from the subway entrance, so I just picked up the pace, kept walking and kept staring at these punks in the car, trying to give them my best "if you try to kill me I'm taking at least one of you with me" looks.

Their car kept pace with me the whole time as they peppered me with taunts and insults.
I was sure I was going to wind up in the hospital or the morgue that night. I was positive. I could feel it.

But I got to the subway safe and sound.
And I'll never tell another gay joke as long as I live.
2005-10-21 02:55:54 AM  
sens - that's farked up. Glad you got out of that okay (ie alive...)

/never faced homophobia quiet like that
2005-10-21 03:02:43 AM  
Homophobes suck.

/ooooh, the irony
//good on the Edmonton PD
2005-10-21 03:05:57 AM  

I live in edmonton too it sucks here

the cops should all have to make gay porn as part of their training in my opinion
2005-10-21 03:20:24 AM  

and i enjoyed it.

wore makeup to school.

actually got a lot of chicks.

/not teh ghey.
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