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Raymond Taavel Halifax murder victim

June 9, 1963 - April 17, 2012

Pride 2009. Photo by AnitaMartinez

Raymond got involved with PrideWeek organizing in 2001 shortly after moving to Halifax. In 2003 he took over the highest profile job, that of co-chair; that year he organized a reception for LGBTcommunity pioneers, Years Of Pride, at the Halifax Club.

In 2003 he became Prime Minster of ISCANS during a very successful year of fundraising and their transition Barony to Imperial Court with peers around the world.

In 2004 after several years of writing articles and press releases, Raymond joined the production team of Wayves Magazine as Editor and Managing Editor. Raymond produced spectacular events, wrote hundreds of articles for Wayves- interviews, news pieces, opinion pieces; he took thousands of photographs and most importantly, he coached a hundred writers, professional and non, into taking an interest in their communities, and making things better by shining light on the beautiful parts of life -- and the ugly.

In May 2010, Raymond wrote (page 17) in Wayves Magazine, Why I’ll Mark May 17 -- about being assaulted after leaving a bar.

In January 2011, he left Wayves, with, he said, plans to change the world in new ways.

On April 17, 2012, Raymond was murdered. Facts about the incident are being accumulated here. That evening, over 1000 people gathered at a vigil.

Above all other things Raymond was an idealist; he believed that a perfect world was attainable -- with just a little more work. In his words, "It's a big world out there; on so many levels there's much that needs to be done."

Tanya Davis performed a moving spoken word piece at the Halifax vigil.

If you had anything to do with the LGBT community in Atlantic Canada, you knew Raymond's name and he had probably encouraged you to think, write, and do something make the world a better place.


  • April 17, 2012: Halifax, Gottingen Street near MenzAndMollyz
  • April 17, 2012: Antigonish, Chisholm Park gazebo
  • April 20, 2012: Sydney: 5:00 PM at Wentworth Park Band shell.
  • April 24, 2012: St. John's, NL: Harbourside Park (Further details on Facebook)