A Canadian anti-LGBT activist who has been found guilty of hate speech was crowing after infiltrating the Pride parade in Vancouver in what he described as one year’s worth of effort, the Daily Xtra reported.
“I made this Pride parade way more diverse. It’s not all leather men and naked dudes,” Bill Whatcott was quoted as saying. “Now it includes Christian people with diverse messages on homosexuality. True diversity.”
Whatcott and four colleagues marched in the parade by misrepresenting themselves as members of a Calgary branch of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Whatcott also used a fake name, “Matthew Davidson,” in his application to take part in the parade and reportedly built a fake website promoting his “organization.” He later posted a 27-second video of himself in the parade, with hair dyed pink and a pink fake goatee.
“The Christians look like fr*its and are being cheered as such,” Whatcott wrote in the video’s description, using an anti-gay slur. “Meanwhile they are blitzing the entire parade route with 2500 life saving ‘Gospel condom’ packages proclaiming the life saving message that homosexuals can repent of their unhealthy lifestyle, turn to the living Christ, have their sins forgiven and live healthy heterosexual lifestyles.”
Vancouver Pride Society general manager Ray Lam told the Daily Xtra his organization was fooled by a “well-orchestrated con,” saying Whatcott and his cohorts were friendly with parade staff and organizers throughout the Aug. 3 event. Compounding the deception was the fact that several legitimate Flying Spaghetti Monster branches have marched in the parade in the past without incident.
“It’s a bit difficult to prevent something like this when people go to such elaborate lengths to hide their identity,” Lam was quoted as saying. “There was nothing we, as organizers, could do to catch them, other than contacting head office asking if they had a Calgary section. But this isn’t something someone would reasonably do when you receive an application with a website, phone number and credentials that don’t raise any red flags.”
Last year, Canada’s Supreme Court upheld a ruling by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Tribunal that found Whatcott guilty of hate speech for distributing graphic anti-LGBT pamphlets, and planted another 3,000 flyers around Ottawa as the high court prepared to hear his case. Whatcott told the Daily Xtra that his actions at the parade were part of his ongoing war against both the court and the “homosexual agenda,” funded in part by donations from supporters.
“Even though I live well below the poverty line and I got court judgments up my yin yang unpaid, I am still willing to use some of my money for this,” he said. “I chipped in about $1,000 of my own money.”
Watch Whatcott’s video of himself at the parade, as posted online, below.