Homosexuality in Canada Essay

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Research Paper Outline: Homosexuality in Canada

Introduction
Invention is the greatest idea of our time. Whether it is medical, scientific, social, or mechanical, a new invention of the day seems to be part of our everyday lives. Homosexuality is really no different. It may not be your everyday invention, but it clearly is and people throughout time to try and identify the first “known homosexual” in time. Some people wanted this new idea of homosexuality to just go away, but as time has gone on, it will not be going away anytime soon. It is getting to be more prominent in society and this paper takes the stand that in Canada especially, homosexuality is not seen by society overall as something different. Of course it is still not
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* The publication of this newsletter was followed by that of Gay International, in Toronto, the earliest periodical anywhere to use the word gay in its title. * The publication of these newsletters and magazines is testament to the fact that slowly, homosexuality as something different was lessening in Canadian society. * Publication of homosexual 'news' was no longer illegal.

Canadian Homosexuals Are No Longer "Different"
Homosexuals Want: * August 28th, 1971 homosexual men and women rallied on Parliament Hill, in the first large-scale gay demonstration in Canada. * At this time the modern gay liberation movement in Canada was less than two years old. * August 26th, 1969, sexual acts in private between any two people 21 years of age or older had been decriminalized. * Toronto activists Herbert Spiers and David Newcome came up with ten demands, once completed; presented to amend the Criminal Code and Canadian Bill of Rights. * It was felt by the gay community that the terminology in the Criminal Code was largely undefined, leaving the offensiveness and degree of offensiveness of many sexual acts open to interpretation by enforcement officials according to their personal prejudices. * They wanted this personal bias to be eradicated while preserving the legal intent of the law.

Homosexuals Have: * Laws change at about the same rate as paint drying; only one of the ten demands was met in the

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