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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 1980s


January Saskatoon
Charlotte Rochon received employee leave as a lesbian parent from One Sky (Saskatchewan Cross-Cultural Centre) under terms of the agency’s contract with CUPE Local 3012.
[Gay Saskatchewan, (Feb-March-April 1981)]
January 29 Ottawa
A joint Parliamentary committee rejected an amendment to add sexual orientation to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
April 10-25 Saskatoon
Persephone Theatre presented Ira Levin’s Deathtrap, a comedy-laced chiller which includes revelations of bisexuality.
[“Persephone’s Deathtrap ‘a whodunit,” Saskatoon Commentator, (April 15 1981) p. 3.]
July Regina
The GCR held its first Miss Rumours drag pageant. Club drag competitions have continued up until the date of this compilation (2005) with the winners now receiving the titles Miss and Mr. Gay Regina.
August 25 Ottawa
The Macdonald Commission on RCMP wrongdoing reported that the force had a longstanding program to collect information on homosexuals.
November Saskatoon
Gay and Lesbian Support Services (GLSS) opened in November and continued to operate until 1987. It provided telephone counseling /information, self-help groups, and a meeting space for LG organizations. The first office was at 217–116 3rd Avenue South (Ross Block). GLSS published a newsletter Gay Times during 1982.
[Perceptions, no. 1 (1983)]
November 29 Saskatoon
Singer-composer David Sereda performed in concert at the U of S Convocation Hall.
[The Sheaf, (November 26 1981) p. 11.]