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HistoryFirsts

This page lists history-making events (with a Halifax focus) and when they happened.

Each item should be linked to the encyclopedia page for that event.

1882
OscarWilde visits Halifax (we'll figure out what this is a first of, later)
December 31, 1970
TheeClub, the first of the GayBars, opens.
1972
March : the Halifax Gay Alliance for Equality formed
GayLine formed
1973
August 19th: First march/demonstration, see PrideCelebrations
November 19th: GAE incorporated
1977
April: Halifax's own mini version of Stonewall, at the JuryRoom
first public protest - about CBC Radio's refusal to run notices. Intervention was on October 5, 1977
October 8-10: first AtlanticConference, "Atlantic Gay Conference For Lesbians and Gay Men"
1978
First Pride March, see PrideCelebrations. First gay play mounted: TheNightTheyRaidedTruxx by PaulLedoux at The Turret, June 28 - July 6
1979
July 1: PinkTriangleDay resolution proposed by RobinMetcalfe
1982
Beginning of the ChristianGayMovement
1984
MattHughes launches a challenge against Acadia University to secure same-sex spousal benefits from a Canadian university.
1988
May 5th: first AidsVigil
1990
GaeGala hires fulltime activist
1990
First feature-length movie with gay theme made in Nova Scotia, ThomFitzgerald's Movie Of The Week
1990
Act Up chapter for Halifax formed. First demonstration Dec 1st - marching with pickets and a donkey through the streets of Halifax to Province House.
1995
WilsonHodder & GrantMacNeil? file same sex spouse human rights complaints. Daily News article about the hearings, ca. 1998 Article mentions that JimBigney? is also in the middle of a lengthy legal challenge against federal agencies, and mentions DanielMacKay and NorvalCollins.
1997
BobStead elected as the first openly gay mayor in Atlantic Canada
2004
September 24th: First marriages in Nova Scotia. RossBoutilier and BrianMombourquette, BryanGarnettDoucette and RonGarnettDoucette, KimVance and SamMeehan?
2007
Halifax Chamber of Commerce publishes DougMelanson a Gay Businesses section in the directory
May 20, 2007
WayvesMagazine mentioned in the Halifax Daily News for the first time, in connection with the 2007-05 Murders. Wayves was contacted by The Chronicle-Herald, The Daily News,The Globe & Mail, CBC, CTV, Global, and Xtra.
October 8, 2013
JoanneBernard? becomes first "openly gay" member of the Nova Scotia Legislature

This page is part of the HistoryProject. Thanks to JohnYogis? for the idea and the initial research on legal firsts.