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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


March Saskatoon
The Gay and Lesbian Community Centre facility was closed and its library was transferred to GLSS. GLCCS continued to hold mixed and women’s dances at the Hungarian Hall until the end of the year. The organization cleared its accumulated debts and disbanded in 1983.
[Perceptions, v. 9 no. 2 (March 2 1991) p. 5.]
March Regina
The Gay Community of Regina obtained a permanent liquor license allowing Rumours to serve alcohol throughout the week.
April 26
The Progressive Conservatives won a landslide victory in the province’s general election capturing 55 of 64 seats. Because many Conservative MLAs seemed opposed to what they described as ‘special rights’, hopes dimmed for legislative protections against antigay discrimination.
September 3-5 Saskatoon
Homecoming Dance, a 10th anniversary celebration of Saskatoon’s first gay dance in 1972 was presented by GLSS.
[Gay Times, v. 1 (May/June 1982) p. 4.]
September Saskatoon
Gays and Lesbians at the University of Saskatchewan (GLUS) replaced the GAU. One of its first projects was to sponsor an October 4 visit by Ed Jackson of the Body Politic collective who was on a national tour to promote Flaunting It. For many years GLUS hosted socials on campus and in private homes and presented guest speakers, films and dances. It ceased operation in 2002 when many of its goals and activities were assumed by the USSU LGB Centre.
[Gay Times, no. 4 (Nov/Dec 1982)]
November Regina
A small periodical entitled Lesbian Information Note was established by two Regina women. A third woman Jean Hillabold soon undertook primary responsibility for its production issuing it under the titles Lesbian Newsletter (1983-1985) and then Labyris News (from 1985).
[Lesbian Newsletter, (June 1984)]
November 12 Saskatoon
LG members of the United Church of Canada held the city’s first AFFIRM meeting at St. Thomas-Wesley Church.
[Gay Times, no. 4 (Nov/Dec 1982)]