In the 1970s, The Jury Room, a bar on the corner of Argyle & Prince, was a gay hangout; in 1977 they decided to exclude this "undesirable" clientele.
People whom the management decided were gay, were not served, and were told to leave. About 30 people set up a picket line in front of their door; it may have been only one night. I was dating a young prof at St Mary's at that point and he asked me, "What do you want to do tonight? Movie? Restaurant?" I said, "I'd really like to go on the protest," so we did. Note good quality straight guy becoming an ally : St Mary's has seen the light now, but it was not very gay-friendly then, and as a prof without tenure he was running a risk by joining this protest. All the participants were invited back to The Turret afterwards, the first time I was ever there. You can ask Chris Shepherd, he was one of the first ones kicked out, and may remember more.
Do a search on the Chronicle Herald archives ... it was in the paper.
-Lynn Murphy- Well, sort of... about a week after the protest one of the columnists(was his name Basil something?) made a very brief mention of it. I was very scornful about this, but an older and wiser member of the community told me,"He has probably spent the entire time fighting to be allowed to make any mention of it at all!"
Have to share a thought from the past, which came back to me after reading article in the July 21, 2012 ChronicleHerald which mentioned a first this year: the St. Mary's football team will lead the pre-Dykes vs Divas baseball game warm-up.
I clearly remember, while sitting in The Jury Room, in the old Carleton Hotel having a drink when the barman asked two St Mary's football players sitting next to me if he could hire the team to help "get rid of the "fucking faggots."
I had just recently moved to the City and was obvoiusly very alarmed hearing this. Sharing this mainly for younger gay folk who sometimes take their freedom today for granted. Remember those freedoms! a lot are the result of the prides around the world. Get involved there is still work to be done.
The April 28, 1977 issue of The 4th Estate has an article by AmyZierler?: Jury Room expels gays -- protests planned. Here is a link to the article in the Nova Scotia Archives.
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