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Gay guy got this horrific homophobic ‘Valentine’ at work

Nick Duffy February 16, 2016

Roses are red, violets are blue, and homophobia is horrible.

That’s the message of one Canadian party store worker, who received a nasty surprise on Valentine’s Day.

20-year-old Degas Sikorski is openly gay – and has spent three years working at the Party City in Edmonton.

However, the retail worker spoke out after he was the victim of a homophobic ‘prank’ at the store on Valentine’s Day.

On the Saturday Valentine’s Day shift, a supervisor had put up the Valentine’s cards left for all the employees in the break room.

However, one for Mr Sikorski had been defaced with the words “Faggot – you are not getting shifts for a reason”.

Mr Sikorski had not been assigned a shift for six weeks.

The worker told Global News he has never had issues with staff or management over his sexual orientation – and is in the dark about the nasty message.

He said: ““My jaw hit the floor. [I thought] Oh my God, I’m not safe here.”

“Suddenly I can’t be myself. Suddenly I can’t accept myself and be who I am at Party City for fear of retaliation from somebody in the staff.

“This was the first time where I felt threatened. I wasn’t able to defend myself and I felt really vulnerable.

“It was a shock to my whole world.”

His mother Shelley Sikorski added: “It’s very upsetting. I think that’s where my outrage came from. There’s no reason for it. This is somebody that doesn’t know Degas.”

A statement from the company said: “Party City does not condone this behaviour and is committed to creating a fair and inclusive working environment.

“We are currently looking into this matter and will provide more information as it becomes available.”

Mr Sikorski appealed to whoever left the message: “What I want is a confession and I want a reason and an apology.

“If Party City wants to terminate them, then Party City terminates them. I’m not looking for blood. I just want a heart-to-heart, why? Why did you do this?”

Watch a Global News report below:

More: Americas, Anti-gay, Canada, Canada, Employment, faggot, Gay, homophobe, Homophobia, LGBT, Sex, valentine

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