April 22, 2018

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Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders to apologize for 1981 bathhouse raids

The bathhouse raids were 'an unbelievable night in the life of a young gay man,' activist Ron Rosenes says 35 years later.
Photo Credit To CBC

Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders will apologize for the raids on four gay bathhouses across the city 35 years ago, CBC News has confirmed.

Saunders is set to make the apology on behalf of his force on Wednesday.

Nearly 300 men who owned or were patrons of the bathhouses were arrested on Feb. 5, 1981, and major damage was done to some of the premises.

The raids galvanized Toronto’s gay community, which then organized a series of protests, and led to the city’s first Toronto Pride event later that year, on June 28.

Read More Here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/bathhouse-raids-apology-1.3645082#DVP

Police bathhouse raid apology prompts mixed feelings in Toronto LGBT community

‘If it weren’t for the raids, Pride wouldn’t have happened,’ man who came out after raids says

When Ron Rosenes first heard about the fatal mass shooting at Orlando’s gay nightclub Pulse, his mind flashed immediately back to 1981, when he and hundreds of other gay men in Toronto bathhouses found themselves rounded up and arrested by police.

“It was incredibly scary,” Rosenes told CBC News. “We thought this was a safe place just like the LGBT people in Orlando thought that they were in safe place.”

On Tuesday, 35 years after that frightening night, Chief Mark Saunders announced that the Toronto Police Service would apologize for the raids that saw 160 officers arrest 286 men and sparked a firestorm of protests, leaving a gaping wound between police and the LGBT community that has yet to fully heal.

Read More Here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/bathhouse-raids-apology-toronto-reaction-1.3646266#DVP

Aftermath of the Toronto bathhouse raids

See CBC Archive Here: http://www.cbc.ca/archives/entry/the-toronto-bathhouse-raids#DVP

Post source : Andrea Janus, CBC; Shanifa Nasser, CBC

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Rick has lived in Vancouver since 1991 - first off Commercial Drive and now in Renfrew Heights - with his husband of 34 years, Dan. He has a background in travel, an interest in LGBT history, and a fondness for all that is geek. As co-publisher of Davie Village Post, he looks for stories and news which are relevant to LGBT Vancouver, and invites you to submit your items and ideas.

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