Director Nancy Nicol has brought together a rich resource of interview and archival materials on key events across Canada.The result is a feature documentary, edited in five parts to facilitate use of the work for educational use.Lesbian and gay demonstrators cried “shame, shame” as they were driven from the Ontario legislature by police wearing latex gloves.
Their efforts contributed to the strength and maturity of the movement.
Part Three focuses on the establishment and work of Asian Community AIDS Services and the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention and their work at countering homophobia within ethno-racial communities in Canada on the one hand, and racism within queer organizations on the other hand.
Bill 167 was the first attempt to pass legislation recognizing same-sex relationships in Canada.
The Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Ontario and the Campaign for Equal Families mobilized to win relationship recognition for same-sex couples; however, Bill 167 was defeated at second reading in a storm of homophobic rhetoric in the Ontario legislature.
PART TWO: SCHOOL Part Two turns to Surrey, British Columbia in the mid 1990s.
In April 1997 a teacher with the Surrey board of Education in B.
George had a long history of activism in fighting for gay rights dating back to the 1950s.
He was a founder of the Community Homophile Association in 1971 and the first openly gay person to run for public office in Canada, when he ran as a candidate in the municipal election in Toronto.
At the beginning of the 1990s lesbians and gays had no recognition of their relationships in law.
While most provinces had passed protection from discrimination in provincial human rights legislation, the Canadian government still had not included non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in the Federal Human Rights Act.
Part One also follows the story of the first successful same-sex partner adoption case in Ontario in 1995, won by four lesbian couples one year following the defeat of Bill 167 in the Ontario legislature.