It's time for Martin Maduro VE3PWR to apologize to VA3HBO and VE3DJZ for his racial and homophobic remarks.
VA3PYR ...Brian Richard has to sick his 2 cents in.
We received several emails regarding Martin Maduro VE3PWR who was on the Newmarket Repeater using the slang term "Faggot" referencing to homosexuality. It's truly an eye opener and sad we still have homophobic Ham operators in our community.
Mr Maduro was calling VA3HBO and VE3DJZ "faggots" and accusing them of unfounded accusations that is unexceptable. Mr Maduro , if you have sound proof of these accusations, please forward them to our website and we will post them for others to judge.
It's embarrassing to think VE3PWR is the custodian of the repeater in Newmarket and still finds it necessary to behave with such hate and animosity against other Hams.
A search on "Canadian Callsign Database of Ham Radio Operators" shows 3 call signs belonging to Martin Paul Maduro , VE3PWR, VA3PWR and VA3NMK, all show (Basic with Honours). It was our understanding you must have an "Advance License" to be the custodian of a Ham Repeater in Ontario.
It's also our understanding Martin and Andre are very close friends.
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Dear Mr Maduro
I understand that term "Faggot" is often used in a “joking” manner. When you use it, you do it maliciously — and certainly in a way to purposely offend or insult homosexuals.
Justifying your use of the word by saying “I didn’t mean it offensively,” doesn’t make it okay. Not only does it show ignorance, but it also shows a concerning lack of intellect.
To you, it may be “just a word.” If so, you are fortunate. A lot more fortunate than others who have a lot of pain and suffering tied to it. Sure, it’s not a big deal to you, but just because it doesn’t affect some people doesn’t mean it isn’t your obligation to care about who it may — and why.