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From the National Portrait Collection by artist Barbara Augustine
David Kelley 1951 - 1996


Born in 1951 in Aylmer, Quebec, David Kelley began working for the Ottawa Youth Services Bureau upon graduation from Carleton University in 1972. It was at the bureau, in 1977, that he met Tom Stewart, the man who would be his life partner for 19 years. Upon moving to Toronto, David worked professionally with a myriad of organizations, including Central Toronto Youth Services, the Ministry of Community and Social Services, the Ministry of Health’s AIDS Bureau, and the People With AIDS Foundation (where he spent a year as Executive Director).
As a volunteer he was an integral part of a staggering number of organizations, both as a founder and participant: Coalition for Services for Gay and Lesbian Youth, Gays and Lesbians in Health Care, Toronto Area Gays and Lesbians, the HIV Mental Health Group, the United Way, AIDS Committee of Toronto, and Positive Youth Outreach. With Tom, he founded a Gay Men’s Couples Support Group, and a Gay & Lesbian Bridge Players Group. As a volunteer with the Lesbian Gay Community Appeal, he was an early supporter of the Appeal’s Fruit Cocktail productions, and performed in four of those productions as The Apple.
David Douglas Kelley died of AIDS on April 25, 1996. In keeping with his generosity and unrelenting support to the community, he bequeathed money to the Toronto Counselling Centre for Lesbians & Gays, which merged with the Toronto Family Services Association, and now offers services to the gay, lesbian and HIV communities known as the David Kelley Program. It is a wonderful and fitting tribute to his life and work.





Founder and/or member of many LGBT organizations in Toronto, including the Coalition for Services for Gay & Lesbian Youth, Gays & Lesbians in Health Care, and others; Executive Director of the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation at the time of his death.



Né en 1951 à Aylmer (Québec), David Kelley a commencé à travailler pour le Bureau des services à la jeunesse d’Ottawa après l’obtention de son diplôme de l’Université Carleton en 1972. C’est à ce…





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From the National Portrait Collection by artist Barbara Augustine

David Kelley 1951 - 1996

Born in 1951 in Aylmer, Quebec, David Kelley began working for the Ottawa Youth Services Bureau upon graduation from Carleton University in 1972. It was at the bureau, in 1977, that he met Tom Stewart, the man who would be his life partner for 19 years. Upon moving to Toronto, David worked professionally with a myriad of organizations, including Central Toronto Youth Services, the Ministry of Community and Social Services, the Ministry of Health’s AIDS Bureau, and the People With AIDS Foundation (where he spent a year as Executive Director).

As a volunteer he was an integral part of a staggering number of organizations, both as a founder and participant: Coalition for Services for Gay and Lesbian Youth, Gays and Lesbians in Health Care, Toronto Area Gays and Lesbians, the HIV Mental Health Group, the United Way, AIDS Committee of Toronto, and Positive Youth Outreach. With Tom, he founded a Gay Men’s Couples Support Group, and a Gay & Lesbian Bridge Players Group. As a volunteer with the Lesbian Gay Community Appeal, he was an early supporter of the Appeal’s Fruit Cocktail productions, and performed in four of those productions as The Apple.

David Douglas Kelley died of AIDS on April 25, 1996. In keeping with his generosity and unrelenting support to the community, he bequeathed money to the Toronto Counselling Centre for Lesbians & Gays, which merged with the Toronto Family Services Association, and now offers services to the gay, lesbian and HIV communities known as the David Kelley Program. It is a wonderful and fitting tribute to his life and work.

Founder and/or member of many LGBT organizations in Toronto, including the Coalition for Services for Gay & Lesbian Youth, Gays & Lesbians in Health Care, and others; Executive Director of the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation at the time of his death.

Né en 1951 à Aylmer (Québec), David Kelley a commencé à travailler pour le Bureau des services à la jeunesse d’Ottawa après l’obtention de son diplôme de l’Université Carleton en 1972. C’est à ce…

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“Canada Eh?” Poster for Among Friends / Entre Amis lesbian and gay dance, July 1983. 
The Gay Community Dance Committee was an organization of community groups who collectively hosted dances to raise funds for each other’s causes. Participating groups included The Body Politic, Gay Asians Toronto, Glad Day, Lesbian Mothers’ Defense Fund, Kitchener-Waterloo Gay Media Collective, Lesbian and Gay Pride Day Committee, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and the archives, among others. That month the GCDC welcomed delegates from the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, who were in Toronto for the UFMCC’s first global general conference held in Canada.
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“Canada Eh?” Poster for Among Friends / Entre Amis lesbian and gay dance, July 1983.

The Gay Community Dance Committee was an organization of community groups who collectively hosted dances to raise funds for each other’s causes. Participating groups included The Body Politic, Gay Asians Toronto, Glad Day, Lesbian Mothers’ Defense Fund, Kitchener-Waterloo Gay Media Collective, Lesbian and Gay Pride Day Committee, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and the archives, among others. 

That month the GCDC welcomed delegates from the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, who were in Toronto for the UFMCC’s first global general conference held in Canada.

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From the National Portrait Collection by artist Matthew Tarina
Richard Hudler 1942 -


Born in the United States in 1942,Richard Hudler  is a social worker and an activist who has been working tirelessly to advocate for gay and lesbian rights since immigrating to Canada in 1971.
Working for 5 years in Goderich as a counsellor for the Ontario ministry of Community and Social Services, Hudler moved to London Ontario where he pursued a career as a social worker, entering private practice in 1985.
In 1980 Hudler joined the board of HALO, and starting in 1981, became the long serving board president. He represented HALO through the Project Guardian scandal with the local police, and in 1995 Hudler filed an official complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Commission against London Mayor Diane Haskett when she refused to issue a Gay Pride Proclamation.
An early member of the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Ontario, Hudler continues his activism through Queer Ontario, a provincial network of individuals — and their allies committed to questioning, challenging, and reforming the laws, institutional practices, and social norms that regulate queer people.
He has a BA (Roosevelt University, 1965) and a Master in Social Work (Wilfred Laurier University, 1978). 



Social worker and advocate for gay and lesbian rights active in Canada since 1971; past-president of HALO and representative in the Project Guardian scandal; filed human rights complaint against the mayor of London; member of CLGRO and Queer Ontario.


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From the National Portrait Collection by artist Matthew Tarina

Richard Hudler 1942 -

Born in the United States in 1942,Richard Hudler  is a social worker and an activist who has been working tirelessly to advocate for gay and lesbian rights since immigrating to Canada in 1971.

Working for 5 years in Goderich as a counsellor for the Ontario ministry of Community and Social Services, Hudler moved to London Ontario where he pursued a career as a social worker, entering private practice in 1985.

In 1980 Hudler joined the board of HALO, and starting in 1981, became the long serving board president. He represented HALO through the Project Guardian scandal with the local police, and in 1995 Hudler filed an official complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Commission against London Mayor Diane Haskett when she refused to issue a Gay Pride Proclamation.

An early member of the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Ontario, Hudler continues his activism through Queer Ontario, a provincial network of individuals — and their allies committed to questioning, challenging, and reforming the laws, institutional practices, and social norms that regulate queer people.

He has a BA (Roosevelt University, 1965) and a Master in Social Work (Wilfred Laurier University, 1978). 

Social worker and advocate for gay and lesbian rights active in Canada since 1971; past-president of HALO and representative in the Project Guardian scandal; filed human rights complaint against the mayor of London; member of CLGRO and Queer Ontario.

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From the National Portrait Collection by artist Norman Hatton
George Hislop 1927 - 2005


"Thirty years ago I didn’t want tolerance. I didn’t want my lover and companion Ron Shearer and I to be tolerated. Nor did I want other lesbians and gay men to be merely tolerated. I wanted us, all of us, to be understood and acknowledged and yes, loved, in our sexual orientation. Through the efforts of thousands of lesbians and gay men and our straight friends, family, and supporters, much has been accomplished in Canada and around the world to achieve those goals. But there is still much to do. Today I am much more tolerant of the word and concept of tolerance, but we must constantly be on guard to maintain our hard-won gains, for they can be easily lost." (George Hislop, Toronto, 1999 Induction Statement)





Co-founder of Community Homophile Association of Toronto, the first community-based gay liberation group in Canada, and of Toronto Lambda Business Council; first openly gay person in Canada to run for public office.



Confondateur de Community Homophile Association of Toronto, le premier organisme communautaire de libération homosexuelle au Canada, et de Toronto Lambda Business Council; première ouvertement…





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From the National Portrait Collection by artist Norman Hatton

George Hislop 1927 - 2005

"Thirty years ago I didn’t want tolerance. I didn’t want my lover and companion Ron Shearer and I to be tolerated. Nor did I want other lesbians and gay men to be merely tolerated. I wanted us, all of us, to be understood and acknowledged and yes, loved, in our sexual orientation. Through the efforts of thousands of lesbians and gay men and our straight friends, family, and supporters, much has been accomplished in Canada and around the world to achieve those goals. But there is still much to do. Today I am much more tolerant of the word and concept of tolerance, but we must constantly be on guard to maintain our hard-won gains, for they can be easily lost." (George Hislop, Toronto, 1999 Induction Statement)

Co-founder of Community Homophile Association of Toronto, the first community-based gay liberation group in Canada, and of Toronto Lambda Business Council; first openly gay person in Canada to run for public office.

Confondateur de Community Homophile Association of Toronto, le premier organisme communautaire de libération homosexuelle au Canada, et de Toronto Lambda Business Council; première ouvertement…

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