There are consequences for outing somone ...
The Journal de Montreal is Quebec's largest newspaper, with over a quarter-million subscribers. My ex had called one of my daughters early this morning and told her to look at page 28 of the Journal de Montreal", apparently with no other explanation.
My daughter then sent me a photo of the display ad on that page:
|(Journal de Montreal, 10 Aug 2014)||English translation|
Moi, Daniel Lefebvre, je m'excuse sincèrement auprès de Madame Barbara Hudson si j'ai pu l'offencer de quelque façon par des paroles faisant référence à sa transsexualitée lors de l'assemblée d'information des résidents de la rue Anthony le 31 octobre 2013. Je précise que ces paroles n'etaient aucunement cautionnées par la coopérative.
Coopérative d'habitation village
| I, Daniel Lefebvre, sincerely apologize to Madame
Barbara Hudson if I was able to offend in any way with words making reference to her transsexuality at the information meeting for residents of Anthony Street on the 31 of October 2013. I want to make it clear that these words were not approved by the cooperative.
Cloverdale Village Housing
When this whole mess with the co-op buying our buildings (with city, provincial, and federal aid) started, and the co-op began to force people to either become members (with a big rent increase) or leave , I promised my neighbours that I would do everything I could to draw attention to the situation.
When I said everything, I meant it.
Cloverdale outed me as a transsexual before all my neighbours that night. The other residents saw this for what it was - an attempt to shut me up. But, like toothpaste squeezed out of a tube, there was no way to undo the damage, or "put the toothpaste back in the tube." And this sort of juicy gossip travels fast. People I had never met were pointing me out as "the transsexual who's leading the fight against the co-op" even though none of the tv or radio interviews had ever made any reference to it.
By outing me, one of Cloverdale's directors removed one of my biggest worries - I no longer worry about being outed. In a way, Cloverdale has paradoxically enabled me to take it to the next level, while also publicly demonstrating the type of tactics they have been using against us.
If you want to see what some of my neighbours have to say about Cloverdale, as well as the things they've had to put up with since Cloverdale took over (raw sewage, cockroaches, mice, threats and harrassment), just go to youtube.
No shame in being what I am - a transsexual.
Sometimes it's necessary to stand up for what's right and take a hit. The way I figure it, I've already taken the hit, so why not stand up? Like everyone else on the planet, I've done my share of stupid, bone-headed things - but not out of malice or to make a buck, which is what this whole mess is really about, fleecing the taxpayers. I'm proud of what I'm doing to fight the co-op, the city, the province, and the feds, and my neighbours are proud of me. Some of them - those who used to talk about me behind my back - are now among my staunchest supporters. To them, talking against transsexuals now is just displaying your ignorance. It's a slow educational process, but a necessary one, and I'm glad that events have forced me to take it on.
In an example of serendipity, it's just one week before divers/Cité - Montreal's annual pride parade. What better time to do this?
- Barbara Hudson