A gay man in jail never has a moment’s peace, a Saskatoon ex-con says. “Because the guys that couldn’t hide it … I never took part in picking on them or anything, but I never went and protected them either,” said 45-year-old Mike, whose asked that his real name be withheld. “I was lucky because I could pass for straight. I didn’t have a lisp, and I picked fights, and I did everything I thought a straight guy would do to prove his machismo or whatever you call it. The effeminate guys, they got beat, it was awful.” Mike shared his story with the StarPhoenix to shine a light on the challenges gay inmates face in advance of this year’s Breaking the Silence conference Friday evening at the University of Saskatchewan, which will include a session on LGBT issues in prisons.
March 18 / Saskatoon Star Phoenix