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Longueuil family receives threat for flying Gay Pride rainbow flag

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Longueuil police are investigating after someone left a threatening note at a family's home which was displaying a Gay Pride rainbow flag.

The french handwritten note on lined notepad paper tells the family to remove what the writer calls the homosexual flag, saying they don't want their kind in the neighbourhood. It says to get rid of the flag, to shut up and they would be spared and they can continue their abominable life without prejudice. It concludes by saying if they kept the flag they would suffer the consequences.

The anonymous note was circulated widely in social media and sparked an angry outcry against whoever wrote it.

Police at first told the victim they couldn't do anything because it was an anonymous note but two days later and after much outcry on Facebook, they opened a file. If arrested, the person would face charges of intimidation and uttering threats.

The family said through a friend they would not comment for the moment because they are afraid of repercussions.

Ex-president of the gay help-line Gai-Écoute Laurent McCutcheon said such a threat in 2014 is unacceptable.

"It's surprising to see in 2014 there are still cases like this," McCutcheon said.

McCutcheon said anonymous threats are "easy" but no less tolerable and equates it with bullying.

McCutcheon encourages people to file complaints and to persevere even if police don't listen at first. He said it's important for police to try to reassure victims. He added people can also contact organizations such as Gai-Écoute to denounce these types of acts and to record the complaint in its registry of homophobic acts.

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