Simon Lewsen writes in The Globe & Mail:
In the chaos of the moment, signals got crossed. Yonge was already synonymous with vice, but now it became associated with homosexuality, pedophilia and murder. “The general myth was that gays were always trying to seduce and harm children,” says writer Gerald Hannon, who at the time worked for The Body Politic, Toronto’s gay monthly. “The Jaques murder was the ugly stereotype come true.” The killers may not have been gay, Hannon says, but newspaper and police reports weren’t interested in such distinctions.