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The Univer­sity of New Brunswick in­tro­duces the first univer­sity course in en­gi­neer­ing in Canada.

The Univer­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights is unan­i­mously adopted by the United Na­tions. This “Magna Carta of Mankind” was drafted by John Peters Humphrey of Hamp­ton.

- Fa­ther Édouard-Al­fred LeBlanc is ap­pointed Bishop of Saint John, be­com­ing the first Aca­dian Bishop in the Mar­itimes.

- In the Mon­treal Fo­rum, Yvon Durelle, the “Fight­ing Fish­er­man” from Baie SteAnne, chal­lenges Archie Moore for the world light-heavy­weight ti­tle. Moore re­tains his ti­tle in a spec­tac­u­lar bat­tle last­ing 11 rounds - “the great­est fight of the cen­tury”.

- The 1st Cana­dian In­fantry Di­vi­sion, made up of 7,400 hastily trained sol­diers, sails out Bri­tain.

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- Em­manuel LeBorgne is ap­pointed Gov­er­nor and Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral of the dis­puted lands of Aca­dia.

- The Govern­ment of Canada adopts a Royal Procla­ma­tion declar­ing July 28 of ev­ery year as A Day of Com­mem­o­ra­tion for the Great Up­heaval (Aca­dian De­por­ta­tion of 1755 - 1763).

- Lieu­tenant­colonel Alexan­der MacDonald, a vet­eran soldier of the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion who served in the 76th Reg­i­ment MacDonald's High­landers, dies at Bart­i­bog (MacDonald Farm Pro­vin­cial His­toric Site).

- Monc­ton breaks out in par­ti­san vi­o­lence at a speak­ing en­gage­ment by Irish na­tion­al­ist Lindsay Craw­ford.

- Ed­ward R. McDon­ald of She­diac patents the Crossword Game known to­day

as Scrabble.

- The Saint John Me­chan­ics In­sti­tute build­ing, first home of Abra­ham Ges­ner's Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral His­tory (New Brunswick Mu­seum), is opened on Car­leton Street.

- In Dal­housie, Joseph Pierre Richard of River Charlo, be­comes the last man to be hanged in the prov­ince of New Brunswick, for the mur­der of four­teen-year-old Katherine De La Perelle.

- Old Govern­ment House, de­signed by Bar­rack­Master John E. Wool­ford, is com­pleted in Fred­er­ic­ton, un­der the su­per­vi­sion of Jedediah Sla­son and mas­ter ma­son Matthew La­mont.

- The Hon­ourable Ab­ner Reid McCle­lan, of River­side, is ap­pointed Lieu­tenant­Gov­er­nor of New Brunswick. Cour­tesy of the New Brunswick Her­itage

Branch, Wellness, Cul­ture and Sport.

His­tor­i­cally, in the present and well into the fu­ture, dis­crim­i­na­tory at­ti­tudes of all kinds be­fall many in our world so­ci­ety.

The LGBTQ com­mu­nity cit­i­zens fall into this, as they have been bom­barded with all sorts of neg­a­tive en­coun­ters that many times re­sults in hor­rific and hate­ful crimes that may lead to as­saults, death and in many in­stances sui­cides.

We may be wise to sep­a­rate our world in­hab­i­tants by how they are ed­u­cated and if sec­u­lar and re­li­gious up­bring­ing has a neg­a­tive ef­fect on this on-go­ing prob­lem.

Stud­ies tell us that pos­i­tive ed­u­ca­tion steers us into a di­rec­tion that usu­ally re­sults in a more pos­i­tive at­ti­tude to­wards some­thing that may not be con­sid­ered the “nor­mal” by oth­ers.

Our politi­cians, ed­u­ca­tors and re­li­gious lead­ers have the ob­vi­ous du­ties to ad­vise us what is ac­cept­able and what must be viewed as hurt­ful to us.

Ex­am­ples are boun­ti­ful and proof of the end re­sults avail­able.

Politi­cians and ed­u­ca­tors have the re­spon­si­bil­ity to in­stil in us that ev­ery­one is cre­ated equal and there­fore en­ti­tled to be treated as such. This is not nec­es­sar­ily a re­al­ity.

In the United States, the Re­pub­li­can Party, which is made up mostly of right wing con­ser­va­tives, has been ex­tremely vo­cal about gays and les­bians in an ex­tremely nasty man­ner.

One front run­ner, Ben Car­son, has been less then kind say­ing, “Men who go to prison come out and they are gay”.

Lack of knowl­edge and in­flu­ence by right-wing evan­gel­i­cal think­ing this man just may be the next pres­i­dent, should the Repub­li­cans be suc­cess­ful.

Pres­i­dent Mu­sev­eni of Uganda, a Chris­tian leader, signed a new bill called the “Anti-Ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity Bill”. Pres­i­dent Putin of Rus­sia, an Ortho­dox, cracks down on gays and les­bians mak­ing prison their home.

Pope Fran­cis fired a well-re­spected Mon­signor at the Vat­i­can be­cause he re­vealed he is gay. Fran­cis toured African na­tions and de­clared, “The World looks at Africa as the Con­ti­nent of hope”.

These coun­tries con­demn gays and les­bians be­cause of re­li­gious lead­er­ship and he com­pletely ig­nored this tragedy. Gays and les­bians are sys­tem­at­i­cally im­pris­oned or killed with the bless­ings of au­thor­i­ties. Re­li­gious lead­ers do not take a pos­i­tive stand against this tyranny.

That is not to say that all de­nom­i­na­tions in the Chris­tian church have the same phi­los­o­phy.

The United Church of Canada pro­motes LGBTQ equal­ity as do the Quak­ers and Uni­tar­i­ans. As well, many wor­ship­pers who are Catholics, Protes­tants, Mus­lims, Sikhs and a few other re­li­gious or­ga­ni­za­tions sup­port equal rights. Church hi­er­ar­chies refuse to al­ter doc­trine and be­liefs to ac­com­mo­date gays and les­bians, re­gard­less of the mul­ti­tude of at­tacks and killings that take place around the Globe.

As far as pos­i­tive ed­u­ca­tion is con­cerned, our schools and univer­si­ties have pro­grams and groups that are ac­tively in­volved in rais­ing aware­ness and rec­og­nize diver­sity. Sec­u­lar or re­li­gious, the dif­fer­ence is that one teaches ho­mo­pho­bia and trans­pho­bia and one mostly teaches equal­ity for all. Can we not be­come as one? Happy Hol­i­days. Com­ments and in­for­ma­tion: lgbt­con­nec­tion­sgv@gmail.com. Gerard Veld­hoven is a former area res­i­dent

and long-time gay rights ac­tivist.

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