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1982 / Some later developments / Appx 1,300 words

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Victories and defeats
A gay and lesbian chronology 1964-1982

To June 15, with some later developments

January 11 / Toronto
Owner of Richmond Street Health Emporium, one of four bathhouses raided by police February 5, 1981, pleads guilty to being keeper of common bawdyhouse (plea bargaining deal sees charges dropped against five others).

January 20 / Toronto
Police chief Jack Ackroyd issues statement that members of gay community are entitled to "same rights, respect, service and protection as all citizens" and that gay people are "legitimate members of the community." Community leaders call statement evasive, claim it does not recognize legitimacy of the community.

February 6 / Toronto
John Damien, racing steward fired from Ontario Racing Commission for being gay (see February 6, 1975), marks anniversary of fight to have case heard in court. Legal manoeuvres on part of racing commission officials Damien is suing have held off civil trial for seven years.
[The Body Politic ran many "anniversary" pieces on the Damien case in February issues, the last full one in 1985. In its Feb 1987 (and final) issue it reported his death, at age 53, of pancreatic cancer, Dec 24, 1986. Damien's wrongful dismissal suits against four officials had been resolved out of court two or three years before, with a $50,000 settlement, but the agreement had prevented him receiving the money or revealing the story until final resolution at civil trial -- a trial that never took place. Damien's death came only 22 days after amendments to the Ontario Human Rights Code which, had they been in place in Feb 1975, would have saved him his long legal battle -- and his job.]

February 6 / Toronto
Anniversary demonstration commemorates police raids on bathhouses (see February 5, 1981), draws attention to Operation Soap, large-scale police investigation into "criminal activity in the gay community."

March 10 / Edmonton
GATE representatives meet with full Alberta Human Rights Commission to ask for inclusion of sexual orientation in Alberta Human Right Protection Act.
[Alberta's legislation was called the Individual Rights Protection Act.]

March 26 / Toronto
Provincial Court judge finds owners of Back Door Gym, raided by police June 16, 1981, guilty of keeping common bawdyhouse and fines him $3,000. Two others given conditional discharges.

April 21 / Toronto
Metro Toronto Police Morality Squad officers seize two magazines, charge assistant manager Kevin Orr of Glad Day Bookshop with "possession of obscene material for purpose of resale."

May 7 / Toronto
Morality Squad officers appear at The Body Politic office with search warrant, leave empty-handed after brief search (see December 30, 1977).

May 12 / Toronto
Police charge all nine members of TBP editorial collective with publishing obscene material, related to "Lust with a very proper stranger," article on etiquette of fist-fucking in April issue.

May 31 / Toronto
The Body Politic and three officers of Pink Triangle Press go on trial in Provincial Court a second time to face charges of using the mails to transmit immoral and indecent material (see January 5, 1978 and February 29, 1980).

June 2 / Toronto
Full page advocacy ad, containing over 1,400 names in support of repeal of bawdyhouse laws, appears in Globe and Mail. Organized by Right to Privacy Committee.

June 15 / Toronto
Provincial Court judge Thomas Mercer acquits Pink Triangle Press and its officers of immorality / indecency charges a second time (see February 14, 1979).

Some later developments

"Victories and defeats" ended there, but many of the stories it traced did not. Further details on those immediately above can be found in a draft chronology, called The Trials of The Body Politic but covering other trials of the time as well, to early 1985. In brief:

For some other follow-up, see a separate document charting the fate of demands made at Canada's first major gay demonstration, on Aug 28, 1971: What we demanded; What we got. This also covers events before 1982, particularly in relation to: Criminal Code reform; immigration; the Canadian Armed Forces and the RCMP; and efforts to secure federal protection against discrimination, in the Canadian Human Rights Act, 1977, and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, 1982. It has links to a background document with summaries of more than 170 related stories in The Body Politic and Xtra, from 1974 to 1997.

[The Trials of The Body Politic]
(In archived website on the 1995-1996 Gerald Hannon Affair)

[What we demanded; What we got]

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