When Nathaniel Christopher wrote in 1999 about growing up gay in Nanaimo, he recalled being chased down the street by four men in a car. “Before I could evade them they preceded [sic] to call me derogatory names, and threaten to kill me because they thought that I was a ‘fag’,” he wrote. The next night, a carful of teenage girls tried to throw eggs at him. Almost two decades later, there’s a different vibe on Nanaimo’s streets. Christopher was able to attend the first-ever Pride parade in his hometown.
December 27 / Daily Xtra