Openly gay legion member presses ahead with discrimination complaint
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Openly gay legion member presses ahead with discrimination complaint

Jason McDonald is seen in this undated handout photo. A Cape Breton man who says he faced discrimination at his local Royal Canadian Legion because he is gay has been told a hearing that was to deal with a complaint he filed has been postponed. Jason McDonald says the hearing scheduled for today at the legion in New Waterford has been delayed until the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission deals with his case. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Jason McDonald *MANDATORY CREDIT*

HALIFAX — A Cape Breton man who says he faced discrimination at his local Royal Canadian Legion because he is gay has been told a hearing that was to deal with his complaint has been postponed.

Jason McDonald says the hearing scheduled for today at the legion in New Waterford has been delayed until the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission deals with his case.

McDonald says he endured months of homophobic slurs and harassment after he joined the Branch 15 in September 2018.

The branch was closed last month after its entire executive committee resigned, citing infighting and disrespect among the membership.

McDonald says he joined the legion because both of his grandfathers fought in the Second World War, but he says the taunts and verbal abuse he endured were too much.

Valerie Mitchell-Veinotte, executive director of the legion’s Nova Scotia command, declined to comment when asked about the case.

The Canadian Press


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