This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. Controversial gay writer Scott Symons, whose scandalous life and novel Place d'Armes rocked Canada's literary world, has died at age The Toronto-born author passed away at a Toronto nursing home on Monday after several years of poor health, his lawyer Marian Hebb said Wednesday. She remembered Symons as a bold personality who never shied away from strong views on politics, love and literature, at times to the detriment of his personal relationships. Symons' cultural impact was significant despite having published only a handful of books, adds his friend and literary executor Christopher Elson. They included Place d'Armes , which shed light on a marginalized gay community, and Heritage , which celebrated early Canadian furniture and was published while Symons was a curator at the Royal Ontario Museum.
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Signing up enhances your TCE experience with the ability to save items to your personal reading list, and access the interactive map. Britain held immense sway over Canadian policy throughout the many years in which homosexuality was criminalized. In , that law was moderated slightly, when the sentence became imprisonment for a period of 10 years to life. They were almost always targeted at men, and by using consistently ambiguous language tended to give a tremendous amount of discretionary power to law enforcement. Two important events precipitated the liberalization of Canadian laws and attitudes in the late s. Debate on the issue had been escalating in both British and Canadian media through the previous decade, following the release in of a public inquiry known as the Wolfenden Report, which recommended decriminalization. The movement simultaneously gained momentum in Canada.
P ity the poor editor trying to wrangle an essay collection into something that stays true to its theme. Gilmour, has a very promising title, the kind that draws a queer bibliophile like myself in a flash. But this is a wildly uneven set that rarely introduces us to subjects that Canadians—of whatever sexuality—should know about.
The RCMP, throughout the late s and the entirety of the s, kept tabs on homosexuals and the patrons of gay bars in Ottawa and other cities. The force also worked with the FBI's own surveillance of homosexuals and alerted the FBI when a suspected homosexual had crossed the border to the United States. Gay was the first periodical to use the term 'Gay' in the title and expanded quickly, including outstripping the distribution of American publications under the name Gay International. May Canada decriminalizes homosexual acts between consenting adults with the passage of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, It receives royal assent on June