Sunday, September 20, 2009

Trudeau Inducted into Queer Hall of Fame . . . .

We owe a lot to this man, and now he's an inaugural inductee into the Queer Hall of Fame.

From today's Star:

'Queer' hall of fame inducts Pierre Trudeau

September 20, 2009 | Terri Theodore | The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER–Pierre Trudeau's flamboyance and tendency to provoke debate often landed him in controversy and those traits have now landed him in the Queer Hall of Fame.

Trudeau is one of five inaugural inductees into the newly established hall, along with Olympic gold-medal swimmer Mark Tewksbury and three other long-time activists in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community.

The former prime minister was a key figure in decriminalizing homosexuality and his famous partial quote – "there's no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation" – helped convince Parliament to pass the law in 1969.


Vancouver had two of it's own inductees into the Hall:

Janine Fuller, an author and manager of the Little Sisters Book Store in Vancouver, and Robert Kaiser, also known as drag queen Joan-E, round out the list of this year's inductees.

Fuller has been a long-time activist for freedom of speech and equality.

Kaiser, an entertainer and activist, was the first drag queen ever awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, for his volunteering and fundraising efforts in support of people with HIV and AIDS.

The former Prime Minister was also generous enough to produce his son, Justin.

Thanks for everything . . . .

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