A Winnipeg man whose home was plastered with homophobic slurs earlier this week has received an outpouring of support from the community.Chris McNally’s Brooklands-area home was spray-painted with a number of anti-gay terms while he slept Easter Sunday.
On Wednesday, more than a dozen people came out to help him paint over the graffiti.
"It’s overwhelming — the amount of support that I’ve got from complete strangers that have sent me messages and all that and came out here to help paint my house," said McNally.
Among those who came out was Vincent Massey Collegiate teacher Heather Anderson. She brought six of her students with her to help with the cleanup.
"I think that these topics have to be taken on head-on, otherwise the LGBT community here will continue to be marginalized," said Anderson.
Vincent Massey Collegiate has a gender and sexuality alliance available to students,
"Inclusion is a big part of Vincent Massey GSA. It’s really what we’re standing for, so we just wanted to show him that he’s not alone," said student Arizona Stephen.
Chad Smith of the Rainbow Resource Centre in Winnipeg said Manitoba’s new anti-bullying legislation, Bill 18, has triggered a lot of conversation about the LGBT community.
"I don’t think this is people suddenly becoming homophobic. This is people feeling more comfortable to express their views," said Smith.
"I think it’s one thing expressing your views, and there’s another thing about vandalizing people’s homes or making people feel unsafe."
Winnipeg police are still investigating the incident, and McNally’s home is now re-painted.