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Saskatchewan Resources for Sexual Diversity

Celebrating a History of Diversity:

Lesbian and Gay Life in Saskatchewan, 1971 - 2006
A Selected Annotated Chronology

The 1970s


February 5
Justice F. W. Johnson of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench ruled that ‘sex’ in the Fair Employment Practices Act referred to gender, not sexual orientation and that the SHRC had exceeded its jurisdiction in accepting a complaint from Doug Wilson. Wilson chose not to appeal the decision.
[“Wilson case ruled outside limits of rights group,” SSP, (February 5 1976)]
March 22 Saskatoon
The U of S University Council debated the recommendations of a committee established to investigate the need for antidiscrimination policies at the University. After long and bitter debate the Council decided that the U of S should not use sexual orientation in decisions on hiring or assignment of duties, including appointments of dons in residences.
[Peter Millard, “Assault on the ivory tower,” The Body Politic, (June 1976) / “Report outlaws discrimination,” The Sheaf, (March 26 1976) p. 3.]
March 28 Saskatoon
The opening night of the Gay Community Centre’s new club at 310 20th Street East was disrupted by thirty youths who attacked patrons.
[“Two injured during brawl,” SSP, (March 29 1976)]
April 7-11 Saskatoon
Gateway Theatre presented a production of Neil Simon’s comedy The Gingerbread Lady directed by Ian Nelson. The production won four awards at the Theatre Saskatchewan drama festival in Regina later in the month. The Leader-Post reported Nelson’s praise for actor Bill Hyslop’s portrayal of Jimmy Perry, the lead’s homosexual sidekick: “The part was so foreign to him. He couldn’t believe that people could act that way and still be human beings.”
[“Gateway does justice to Simon’s humor (Review),” SSP, (April 8 1976) / “They had gay old times at Gateway,” RLP, (April 26 1976) p. 7.]