Fueled by the AIDS crisis that started in the 1980s, LGBTQ organizations used the T-shirt as a medium to assert political and critical positions in a mainstream culture of denial and refusal.
Integrating influences from visual art, popular culture and identity politics from around the world, T-shirts marked the bodies of people during protests and marches, affirming an individual and collective presence that would generate awareness and support increased equality.
In March 1986, the government responds to the report in a paper titled "Toward Equality" in which it writes "the government will take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that sexual orientation is a prohibited ground of discrimination in relation to all areas of federal jurisdiction." Svend Robinson goes public about being gay, becoming the first member of Parliament to do so. riding of Burnaby-Douglas (though its borders had changed) elected Robinson for the eighth time.
Robinson was first elected to the House of Commons in 1979. Delwin Vriend, a lab instructor at King's University College in Edmonton, Alta., is fired from his job because he is gay.
When it becomes public this is a different matter, or when it relates to minors this is a different matter." Trudeau's amendments pass into the Criminal Code, decriminalizing homosexuality in Canada. Quebec includes sexual orientation in its Human Rights Code, making it the first province in Canada to pass a gay civil rights law.
The law makes it illegal to discriminate against gays in housing, public accommodation and employment.
The next night, about 3,000 people march in downtown Toronto to protest the arrests.
This is considered to be Canada's 'Stonewall.' The Parliamentary Committee on Equality Rights releases a report titled "Equality for All." The committee writes that it is shocked by the high level of discriminatory treatment of homosexuals in Canada.
The committee recommends that the Canadian Human Rights Act be changed to make it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation.The Alberta Human Rights Commission refuses to investigate the case because the Alberta Individual Rights Protection Act does not cover discrimination based on sexual orientation.Vriend takes the government of Alberta to court and, in 1994, the court rules that sexual orientation must be added to the act.By 2001, all provinces and territories take this step except Alberta, Prince Edward Island and the Northwest Territories. After almost six years in the courts, including two trials, the case is finally resolved when on Oct.The Pink Triangle Press (now publisher of Xtra magazine) is charged with "possession of obscene material for the purpose of distribution" and "the use of mails for the purpose of transmitting anything that is obscene, indecent or scurrilous" for publishing an article titled "Men Loving Boys Loving Men" in the Dec. 15, 1983, the deadline passes for the Crown to appeal the second court acquittal.