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We, as members of the McGill Equity Subcommittee on Queer People, applaud the strong and forceful statement by Professor Masi concerning the recent hazing incident and look forward to the implementation of all of the measures outlined.
We are in no doubt that deeply entrenched homophobic and sexist ideas about power and male bonding determined the type of hazing involved. Homophobia was used as the tool of choice to humiliate and degrade male athletes, and to further inculcate homophobic attitudes and behaviour. Being called gay is still, apparently, the worst insult that can be thrown at a man. For queer or questioning football players (and yes, there will be some), it sends a particularly appalling message.
It is our job as a university to educate ourselves and others and to create an atmosphere more conducive to and respectful of diversity. In particular, it is the mandate of the McGill Equity Subcommittee on Queer People to tackle homophobia, transphobia and sexism on campus. To this end, we make three specific suggestions:
Gregg Blachford, Chair
Prof. Shari Brotman
Prof. Brian Lewis
On behalf of the McGill Queer Equity Subcommittee
(Other members' names can be found on our website: www.mcgill.ca/queerequity)