b. ca. 1956

Doug was born in Yarmouth but his family lived in Halifax. His first home was the PMQs of Windsor Park, a family of 8 in a three bedroom apartment, who still made room for visitors.1

"I've known all my life I was gay," he says in an interview with CBC's Mainstreet on June 25, 1996 CBC.

In the summer of 1970 his father retired from the army and they moved back to Yarmouth.

Photo in 1973 here

In 2017 he created the Yarmouth Pride Twitter & Facebook accounts.

March 31, 1996
Doug led a service at the UnitarianUniversalistChurch in Halifax entitled Do I Have a Place Here? A Gay Man's Search For Community. It was reviewed by Georges Merinfeld:
In an extremely moving, personal account, Doug told us of his difficult, wrenching journey towards self-affirmation and psychological liberation as a gay man "coming out" after many years of society-imposed regression and a few years of occasional, often inconclusive psychological treatment -- until he finally "came out" and moved from the country to Halifax in order to develop a sense of community. Doug communicated, with special power, through his own story and through readings, a sense of "the war zone called the closet", the too often little-known sufferings society inflicts on gays and lesbians: teenage suicides, missed adolescence, society-enforced unhappy marriages etc. One of the havens of acceptance Doug found in Halifax was our church of which he has since been an active and enthusiastic member.
June 25, 1996
Interview with CBC Mainstreet. Marking Gay Pride Week, Doug talks about coming out, growing up in a rural area, being in the closet in another city, his relationship with the UnitarianUniversalistChurch. "There is a true celebration of being gay." Doug shares part of his sermon, "On June 1, 1993 I was admitted to the Psychosocial Unit at the Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre..." Audio of that interview is here


1. May 27, 2018 "Introduction" by Doug