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Almost 200 years after he rocked Toronto with a gay sex scandal, Alexander Wood is at it again. Wood's achievements as a merchant and magistrate in the early 19th century were recently commemorated with a seemingly innocuous bronze and granite statue in the cites gay area. The racy plaque attached to it, however, has caused a local stir and made international headlines. The plaque depicts Wood closely examining the genitals of a suspected rapist, an action that branded him a "molly'--then a derogatory term for homosexual--and forced an exile to his homeland of Scotland for over 15 years. The intimate examinations of rape suspects were conducted by Wood after a female victim claimed she scratched her attackers genitals.
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Title Annotation:HISTORY; statue of Alexander Wood
Author:Broverman, Neal
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Aug 16, 2005
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