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
Club777, 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
March 3, 1973
A Brief Regarding The Human Rights Act presented to the legislature1
May 24, 1973
GaeGala's first newsletter2
January, 1976
First dance at The Turret3
February 17, 1977
first public protest - about CBC Radio's refusal to run notices.4
April, 1977
Halifax's own mini version of Stonewall, at the JuryRoom
June, 1977
The Turret's first Women's Night5
September 2, 1977
Signed the lease on The Turret6
October, 1977 8-10 : first AtlanticConference, "Atlantic Gay Conference For Lesbians and Gay Men"
October 10, 1977
First march7
1978
First Pride March, see PrideCelebrations. First gay play mounted: TheNightTheyRaidedTruxx by PaulLedoux at The Turret, June 28 - July 6
July 1, 1979
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.
September 2, 1984
GraemeEllis dies, the first known to die of AIDS in the city
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
1997
History book / Art catalog, QueerLookingQueerActing published
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 7, 2010
"Ginny and Julia James" Worlds First MTF Transgendered Couple and Openly Married Transgendered Couple
July 22, 2011
Halifax's first DykeAndTransMarch
October 8, 2013
JoanneBernard? becomes first "openly gay" member of the Nova Scotia Legislature
February, 2020
History book BeforeTheParade published This page is part of the HistoryProject. Thanks to JohnYogis? for the idea and the initial research on legal firsts.

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