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(In the first trial, The Pink Triangle Press had also won an acquittal but upon appeal the Crown won a retrial.)The case results in an important precedent.On June 15, 1982, Judge Thomas Mercer, the judge for the second trial, rules that the article "does, in fact, advocate pedophilia," but says, "It is perfectly legal to advocate what in itself would be unacceptable to most Canadians."Canada gets a new Immigration Act.Homosexual Canadians enjoy much more freedom and societal acceptance than they did in 1965, when a Northwest Territories man was thrown in prison after admitting he was gay.takes a look at some of the changes that have occurred since then.The report discusses the harassment, violence, physical abuse, psychological oppression and hate propaganda that homosexuals live with.
Discussing the amendments, Trudeau says: "It's certainly the most extensive revision of the Criminal Code since the 1950s and, in terms of the subject matter it deals with, I feel that it has knocked down a lot of totems and overridden a lot of taboos and I feel that in that sense it is new.
Bill C-242, an act to prohibit discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, gets its first reading in the House of Commons by MP Pat Carney.
The bill, which would have inserted "sexual orientation" into the Canadian Human Rights Act, doesn't pass.
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.
Everett Klippert, a Northwest Territories mechanic, acknowledges to police that he is gay, has had sex with men over a 24-year period and is unlikely to change.