|Windsor LGBTIQ History|
1971 Founding of first gay & lesbian organization on campus: Windsor Homophile Association (WHA) Steve Lough, Jim Davies, and Harold Desmarais remain long-time activists.
1973 WHA moves off campus to become Windsor Gay Unity through the 1970s.
1975 Windsor jockey, John Damien, is fired from the Ontario Racing Commission when the commission finds out he is gay, triggering an eleven-year struggle for inclusion of sexual orientation in the Ontario Human Rights Code.
1976 Windsor City Council passes a no-discrimination clause for city hiring as result of work done by Gay Unity.
1980 Gail Bezaire flees Windsor with her children when Judge Joseph McMahon rules that she can retain custody of her children only if she 'refrains from entering into another lesbian relationship while the children were living with her.'
1982 Founding of the Lesbian/Gay Community Service Group (LGCSG). Its mandate includes: maintaining a gay information line, referrals to medical/legal professionals, peer support groups, and pressing for a no-discrimination clause in the human rights code.
1984 LGCSG holds Gay Awareness Week at Iona College, with public events on Gays and Religion, Human Rights for Homosexuals, A Health Approach to Gay Sex, and Pornography and Gay Culture. The Gay Sex event is the first education session in the city on AIDS. CBC Windsor refuses a public service announcement about the AIDS forum, and City Council unanimously refuses to declare Gay Awareness Week following a presentation by two city physicians, Dr Robert McGirr, President of the Essex County Medical Association, and Dr Walter Percival, who claim it would 'display sexual activities in front of children' and 'promote a way of life that spreads a lethal disease.' The LGCSG files unsuccessful complaints with the CBC and the Health Disciplines Board of Ontario.
1985 AIDS Committee of Windsor founded out of the 'condom committee' of the LGCSG.
1986 Ralph Fredsburg is murdered; his killer is acquitted when he claims that Fredsburg made a pass at him. A few LGCSG members protest in front of the court house.
Sexual orientation added to Ontario Human Rights Code two weeks before John Damien dies of cancer. The government of the day is a Liberal minority dependent on NDP votes, elected after 42 years of Conservative rule. Roman Catholic bishops order that a letter be read in churches opposing the human rights legislation for lesbians and gay men. A public forum is held at the university where Iona College president, Reverend Murray McGinnis, calls on Christian churches to repent for their mistreatment of LGBT people throughout history.
1988 Reverend Don McRae organizes a local Metropolitan Community Church which acquires space at 3301 Edison at Brock.
1991 First issue of Outspoken, funded in part with a start-up grant from the John Damien Education Trust.
Organization of Gay and Lesbian Students starts again on campus; soon becomes Out on Campus.
1992 First Lesbian and Gay Pride Day. Jim Monk and Diane Skomash are Man and Woman of the Year.
1993 Founding of Lesbian/Gay Community Council. Its mandate is to: initiate and coordinate activities and provide mutual support among area organizations, respond to concerns of the gay and lesbian community though its member organizations, provide representation for the local gay and lesbian community to the press and to other non-gay organizations, and provide representation to the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Ontario. The member organizations are: AIDS Committee of Windsor, Gay phone line group, Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee, Gay/Lesbian Drop-in Group, Metropolitan Community Church, One in Ten, Out on Campus, Queer Radio, Women's phone line group.
1994 First Gay and Lesbian Studies course at the University of Windsor with Prof Barry Adam
Pride includes an angry march on the provincial building protesting the failure of Bill 167 which was to recognize same-sex relationships. Windsor MPPs David Cooke, George Dadamo, and Wayne Lessard vote in favour of Bill 167; county MPPs Bruce Crozier and Pat Hayes, against.
Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Ontario steering committee hosted in Windsor
7 ad hoc liaison committee meets with police chiefs, Jim Adkin, then John Kousik, to discuss problems in police-community relations.
Caroline Carnerie & Steve Lough (Man & Woman of the Year)
1995 Jacquie Gahagan & John Shellhorn (Man & Woman of the Year)
1996 Outspoken runs a three part series on 'The Way It Was in Windsor.' Based on interviews by Scott Mattson with a long-time resident of the city, the series describes how the gay scene changed from the 1950s to the 1990s.
Federal government adds sexual orientation to the Canadian Human Rights Act as ordered by the Supreme Court.
Ligaya Byrch & David Lyons (Man & Woman of the Year)
1997 Robin Chamberlain & Reverend Evan LeBlanc (Man & Woman of the Year)
1998 Windsor Pride reorganizes and succeeds the LGCC
Legacy Club women's group forms
1999 Sarnia's first pride day.
Liz Chamberlain & Evan LeBlanc (Man & Woman of the Year)
2000 CAW LGBT Caucus founded.
Chatham holds pride day.
Kirsten Schmidt & Brent Kulba (Man & Woman of the Year)
Paulette Kupnicki & Kirsten Schmidt (Festival Co-Chairs)
2001 Paulette Kupnicki & Chris L. Cecile (Man & Woman of the Year)
Cory Albert & Paulette Kupnicki (Festival Co-Chairs)
2002 Cory Albert & Jim Davies (Man & Woman of the Year)
Cory Albert & Chris Cecile (Festival Co-Chairs)
2003 Hedy Halpern/Colleen Rogers & Alan Sears (Man & Woman of the Year)
Val Pearson & Chris Cecile (Festival Co-Chairs)
2004 Windsor Pride cancelled due to lack of funds and community involvement.
2005 Bill C-38 passes into law; making Canada the 4th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.
Windsor Pride Festival held at Charles Clark Square.
2006 Windsor Pride Community incorporated. Joe McParland, President
Festival held at Charles Clark Square. Dani Bobb, Festival Chair
2007 Windsor Pride Community: Marc Dubois, President
Windsor Pride Festival held at Riverfront Plaza. Jason Patterson, Festival Chair
2008 Windsor Pride Community: Marc Dubois, President
2009 Windsor Pride Community: Marc Dubois, President
2010 Windsor Pride Community: Jason Patterson, President