Gary and GATE

Maurice always had a theory about "natural gay men." I think it meant gay men who weren't political before Gay Liberation. Gary was one of Maurice's prime cases-in-point. This demonstration, On Georgia Street in front of the Court Building (now the Vancouver Art Gallery) was part of our (i.e., the Gay Alliance Toward Equality, or GATE) campaign to force the Vancouver Sun to print an ad for our newspaper, Gay Tide. We eventually lost the case before the Supreme Court of Canada despite a spirited dissent by the late Chief Justice, Bora Laskin, who compared anti-gay discrimination to the anti-semitism that he had himself suffered.

At any rate, Gary was the keynote speaker at this rally despite his discomfort at public speaking. The guy on right is Greg MacLean; I don't know what has become of him but I'd love to seee him again. I imagine this demonstration was in 1978.

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