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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


February 24-26 Regina
Helping Ourselves, a conference on women’s health, included a workshop entitled Lesbians: Double Discrimination. A concert held in conjunction with the conference featured performances by Noele Hall and Moon Joyce.
[Lesbian Newsletter, (February 1984)]
March 10 Regina
The Gay Community of Regina and the Regina Health Unit sponsored Fight Fear with Facts, a health forum held at Rumours. The event included sessions on AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and alcohol and drug abuse.
[Perceptions, no. 7 (March/April 1984) p. 5.]
April 27 - May 12 Saskatoon
Persephone Theatre presented Cabaret, the Kander and Ebb musical set in Berlin at the time of the Weimer Republic.
[“Director defends cabaret characters,” SSP, (April 23 1984) p. A11.]
April 26 Saskatoon
Over 100 attended Can We Talk?, an evening devoted to LG health issues at the Frances Morrison Library. The event was organized by the ad hoc committee on GL health issues with the aid of the Saskatoon Community Health Unit. The event included presentations on women’s health, nutrition, exercise, AIDS and STDs, blood donation policies, and mental health concerns.
[Perceptions, no. 8 (May/June 1984) p. 3, 4.]
May 14 Saskatoon
A meeting established the Lambda Sports Group to coordinate sport and recreation activities, in particular softball and volleyball. On September 30 the Saskatoon Prairie Athletic Association was formed to continue this work.
[Perceptions, no. 8 (May/June 1984) p. 2. / Perceptions, no. 11 (1984) p. 5.]
May 15 Saskatoon
The a capella review The Return of the Quinlan Sisters was presented at the Broadway Theatre.The three Quinlans were Marie Quinlan (Peter McGehee), Fiji Champagne (Peggy Robinson) and Peaches O’Cod (Wendy Coad). The trio had first performed their act at benefits for the Saskatchewan Gay Coalition in the early 1980s. They moved to Toronto in1982 and from there undertook several Canadian tours.
[Perceptions, no. 8 (May/June 1984) p. 17. / “The Quinlan Sisters (Review),” SSP, (May 16 1984) p. C1.]
Fall Saskatoon
Big Sisters changed their policy to permit lesbians to become Big Sisters.
[Perceptions, no. 11 (1984) p. 11.]
Fall Saskatoon
GLSS received a federal grant to hire three workers, Gens Hellquist, Sheri McConnell and Doug Robertson, for a community development project addressing the needs of the lesbians and gay men.
[Perceptions, no. 11 (1984) p. 11.]
September 22 Saskatoon
Punch & Judy, a multi-media look at clothing as entertainment, was presented by designer Robert Fenwick and director Ruth Smillie at Persephone Theatre.
[“Clothes made to entertain,” SSP, (August 18 1984) p. D12.]
November 2-4 Regina
The provincial NDP convention passed a resolution calling for the amendment of the Human Rights Code to add sexual orientation, family status and political conviction as prohibited grounds of discrimination. Another resolution called for an open-ended antidiscrimination clause in the Code.
[Perceptions, no. 12 (1985) p. 8.]
November 10 Saskatoon
Zorro’s, a new private member’s club for gays, opened above Wayne’s Interior Furniture at 249A 2nd Avenue South. It operated on Friday and Saturday evenings but closed in early 1985.
[Perceptions, no. 11 (1984) p. 11.]
November 11 Regina
A chapter of Dignity, an organization for Catholic lesbians and gay men, was established.
[Hockley / Perceptions, no. 34 (July 22 1987) p. 4.]
November 13 Regina
The Saskatchewan Association on Human Rights presented a brief to Conservative cabinet members urging the amendment of human rights legislation. Attorney-General Gary Lane responded that he didn’t think protecting homosexuals was something that Saskatchewan people wanted and described homosexuality as an affront to nature. Lane indicated that such legislation would not be supported by the Tory caucus.
[Perceptions, no. 12 (1985) p. 8.]
December Winnipeg
Perceptions reported the death from AIDS of Gary McDonald. Born in Melville in 1941 the psychologist began his long involvement with gay liberation when he helped organize the first Regina campus gay organization in 1973.
[Perceptions, no. 14 (1985) p. 7.]