LGBT gym forced to permanently close its doors after months of harassment by far-right hate group

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02/14/2020

An inclusive LGBT+ gym in Canada has been forced to permanently close after being subjected to months of online harassment and doxxing by a far-right hate group. Queerflex in Edmonton, Canada, was founded to create a safe workout environment for LGBT+ people, who are often made to feel uncomfortable in mainstream gyms. The gym closed temporarily in September, 2019, for the safety of its members and staff after the online abuse began. The gym was targeted by a group which at the time went by the name Patriot Pride Canada Wide, although it has since renamed itself Defend Canada. Defend Canada described the founder of the LGBT+ gym as a “far left Extremist [who] has opened up a training compound for domestic terrorists.”

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