"On 5 February 1981, patrons of four bathhouses in downtown Toronto (The Barracks, The Club, Richmond Street Health Emporium, and Roman II Health and Recreation Spa) were surprised by 200 police officers in a series of coordinated raids, called “Operation Soap.” Law enforcement officials claimed the raids resulted from six months of undercover work into alleged sex work and other “indecent acts” at each establishment. Bathhouse patrons were subjected to excessive behaviour by police, including verbal taunts about their sexuality. When the night was over, 286 men were charged for being found in a common bawdy house (a brothel), while 20 were charged for operating a bawdy house. It was, up to that time, the largest single arrest in Toronto’s history. Most of those arrested were found innocent of the charges. The raids marked a turning point for Toronto’s gay community, as the protests that followed indicated they would no longer endure derogatory treatment from the police, media and the public."
Lgbtq2ia+ community awardS
winners announced annually at our guelph pride art show & awards gala
Note: Individuals who are current members of the pride committee are ineligible to receive any of our Community Awards, however those who have been nominated have been included to recognize their contributions to LGBTQ2IA+ communities of Guelph.
Honours an individual who is involved in advocacy, activism, and direction action to further the push for queer and trans liberation in Guelph and beyond. The recipient inspires hope and sparks change with compassion and respect and works from an anti-oppressive, feminist framework. The individual should be currently active within the Guelph community and has at least one year of experience in activism work in our community.
Honours an individual whose has established themselves as a well respected leader in the community and resource to others, who works diligently to organize but also to inspire others to create and foster positive change for LGBT2QI+ individuals in Guelph and beyond. The individual should be currently active within the Guelph community and has at least one year of experience in activism work in our community.
Honours an individual who has significantly contributed to the LGBT2QI+ culture (including arts/music/performance, etc) of Guelph through events, programming, exhibitions, or through other kinds of artistic contributions. This individual's work should work to uplift the voices and experiences of LGBT2QI+ individuals and work to create more positive awareness and reflections of LGBT2QI+ life at large. The individual should be currently active within the Guelph community and have at least one year of experience within the arts and culture scene of Guelph.
Honours an organization (and can recognize a specific individual from an organization) with which Guelph Pride, Out on the Shelf, or the LGBT2QI+ community at large has developed an exemplary working partnership with. The organization/individual shares and lives the value of Guelph Pride and Out on the Shelf in the work they do and bring that energy to our partner projects and our wider community. The organization/individual is actively working towards fostering welcoming spaces and acceptance for LGBT2QI+ people in Guelph and beyond and sets the precedent by going above and beyond. The organization exemplifies collaboration, co-creation, provides inspiration and aspires to reduce transphobia, homophobia, and other intersections of discrimination that impact LGBT2QI+ people while working from an anti-oppressive, inclusive approach that focuses on compassion, advocacy, and human rights for LGBT2QI+ people everywhere.
Honours an individual under the age of 21 who has demonstrated dedication and excellence in their contributions to LGBT2QI+ life and culture in Guelph. The nominee has contributed to creating programming, spaces, or improving accessibility of LGBT2QI+ spaces for LGBT2QI+ and questioning youth in the community, as well as working to uplift the voices of queer and trans youth in the city. The individual should be currently active within the Guelph community and must be under the age of 21 at the time of nomination.
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