Eric Radford grew up in Red Lake, Ontario, Canada, a town of about 4,000 that’s northwest of Thunder Bay, hard by the Manitoba border.
It wasn’t an easy environment for a kid with a lisp and mannerisms that fit the gay stereotype. He was teased, called names and subjected to gay slurs.
“I had a lot of bullying,” he says. It’s clear that even now it’s a hard thing for him to talk about. The conversation has uncomfortable pauses. “Yeah, I did,” he says, leaving it to hang there.