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The Community Homophile Association of Toronto (CHAT), formed in 1971, was an organization “dedicated to achieving full civil rights for homosexuals and to helping any homosexual individual in any and every way possible.”CHAT provided a community centre, a bar, a newsletter, a distress and information hotline, public education, and a platform for political action. CHAT also organized dances and events, including the first Pride Week in Toronto in 1972. Earlier that year, a firebomb thrown by radical right-wing group, Western Guard, caused minor damage to CHAT’s community centre. While external resistance from a homophobic society was great, CHAT also struggled with infighting among its members as it tried to serve as an umbrella organization for the gay movement. George Hislop, CHAT’s director, actively engaged in trying to change public opinion about homosexuality, serving as a media spokesperson. Hislop would later seek election for Toronto City Council, the first openly gay municipal candidate in Canada.This then-and-now photo shows CHAT’s 201 Church Street location in 1976. The organization ended shortly after. The building is currently occupied by a seller and restorer of fine violins.
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The Community Homophile Association of Toronto (CHAT), formed in 1971, was an organization “dedicated to achieving full civil rights for homosexuals and to helping any homosexual individual in any and every way possible.”

CHAT provided a community centre, a bar, a newsletter, a distress and information hotline, public education, and a platform for political action. CHAT also organized dances and events, including the first Pride Week in Toronto in 1972. 

Earlier that year, a firebomb thrown by radical right-wing group, Western Guard, caused minor damage to CHAT’s community centre. While external resistance from a homophobic society was great, CHAT also struggled with infighting among its members as it tried to serve as an umbrella organization for the gay movement. 

George Hislop, CHAT’s director, actively engaged in trying to change public opinion about homosexuality, serving as a media spokesperson. Hislop would later seek election for Toronto City Council, the first openly gay municipal candidate in Canada.

This then-and-now photo shows CHAT’s 201 Church Street location in 1976. The organization ended shortly after. The building is currently occupied by a seller and restorer of fine violins.

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"Irresistibly Tempting, for Lesbians" - Siren was a magazine for lesbians, published in Canada between 1996 to 2004. The CLGA’s extensive LGBT periodicals collection—the largest of its kind in the world—includes back issues of this bimonthly magazine. Check out our periodicals inventory online: http://clga.ca/periodicals-lgbtHere’s the cover of Siren, issue 1, from April/May 1996, featuring the band Claudia’s Cage.
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"Irresistibly Tempting, for Lesbians" - Siren was a magazine for lesbians, published in Canada between 1996 to 2004. The CLGA’s extensive LGBT periodicals collection—the largest of its kind in the world—includes back issues of this bimonthly magazine. Check out our periodicals inventory online: http://clga.ca/periodicals-lgbt

Here’s the cover of Siren, issue 1, from April/May 1996, featuring the band Claudia’s Cage.

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