CBC News The First Gay March

CBC News The First Gay March

They called it "Gay Day." 100 protesters gathered in Ottawa in August 1971 for the first large-scale public protest for gay rights in Canada. Speakers addressed the fact that amendments to the criminal code in 1969 legalized their sexual relations but did little to alleviate the oppression of the gay community in everyday life. This protest came on the heels of a brief called "We Demand," submitted to the federal government a week earlier, calling for changes to law and public policy regarding gays and lesbians.

  • 1971
  • 00:01:47
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/29/2018