Simon Thwaites was born In Portsmouth, England 1962. At the age of 13, his family immigrated to Canada. He now resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
In 1980 joined the Canadian Navy and travelled the world for about 10 years. He gained initial notoriety in the early 1990s as the sailor who was discharged from the Navy for being HIV-positive. Simon fought the discharge in a human rights case on discrimination in the workplace based on disability, which was decided in his favour in 1994. The case set the precedent in law in Canada and a huge step forward in how employers have to accommodate there employee's.
Enjoyed the fun of being part of the Gay Men's Choir which met in Rumours during the early 90’s.
As a long time HIV+/AIDS activist Simon has been involved since the beginning in Nova Scotia’s history with grappling with the disease. The following is brief history and Simon’s involvement with this battle:
Most would think that’s it but Simon has over the years has walked his own path. Constantly volunteering with AIDS organizations and being there for people as they died doing Palliative care, surviving the horrendous early years of AIDS had a profound effect on ones view of the world.
In 2009 after six years of study he became an openly gay-minister as a Reverend of the Spiritualist Church. With the help of his friend started up a new church called Angel Hall which welcomes all.
In his free time Simon recently has launched an art career and in 2010 finally has a web site depicting his work for others to view. http://www.brightlantern.ca
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