Oshawa's LGBTQ community rallies over inflamatory news story
Over 300 rainbow-clad LGBTQ members and allies rallied in Oshawa on April 18th after a local newspaper published a homophobic rant about Councilor Amy England’s participation in a PFLAG fundraiser. The newspaper, Oshawa/Durham Central, printed a story that referred to the fundraiser as a “freakshow” and compared England’s drag performance to blackface. In response, members of PFLAG also created a website calling on advertisers with Oshawa/Durham Central to end their business with the paper.
“This is the community coming out to support one another and support equality,” England says. “I love this community and it’s beautiful to see.”