Homophobic Insults Against Couple Exiting Vancouver SkyTrain: Man Arrested

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Homophobic Insults Against Couple Exiting Vancouver SkyTrain: Man Arrested

Jamie Pine took a selfie with his partner, Regg Acervo, the night they were followed outside the Burrard SkyTrain station and shouted at by a man who shouted homophobic slurs at them.

Jamie Pine and his companion were exiting the Burrard SkyTrain station in Vancouver on Sunday when a man followed them and shouted homophobic slurs. Vancouver police say the 34-year-old Chilliwack man turned himself in to police on Thursday.

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The man was arrested for his role in the alleged crime at Burrard Station as well as an unrelated firearms offense. He was released pending a court appearance on March 29. As charges have not been laid, the man is not identified by police.

Jamie Pine, 27, says his partner advised him to run that night, as the man had already made them uncomfortable on the SkyTrain. Jamie Pine nevertheless filmed part of the incident and shared the video on social networks to denounce the behavior of the man and to show those who have already experienced this that they are not alone.

Video shows homophobic attack on couple of young men exiting SkyTrain in Vancouver. others have expressed negative comments. The young couple say they are lucky to have escaped a physical attack and to have dealt with someone who did not have a weapon.

Jamie Pine, however, says Vancouver is a progressive city and that this is the first time he has been exposed to this type of hateful behavior since moving from Britain three years ago. I felt really safe […], and now I don't know if I still feel safe on the SkyTrain.

A police spokesperson from Vancouver says it can't give statistics on homophobic hate crimes but says the incident is being investigated.

Michael Robach, who works for the Qmunity resource center in Vancouver, says he found watching the video difficult because many LGBTQ2S+ people have gone through similar experiences and it brings out trauma.

The two young men were victims of a homophobic incident at the exit of a SkyTrain station in Vancouver. (File photo)

He says he has seen a marked increase in online hate, both in British Columbia and Canada, in recent years. From June to September, Qmunity saw a 23% increase in demand for its mental health services, the highest increase in three years.

People behind a keyboard have the impression that they can say anything to anyone without any consequences […]. In fact, when you read hateful comments, it reinforces the insecurities you already had.

Michael Robach would like to see new policies implemented to create support structures that would allow everyone to feel safe. Despite this rise in anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, there is room here for our community […]. There's a lot to celebrate here.

With information from Josh Grant