picTommy Burns ca. 1976

NilsClausson writes: Tom Burns was the first chairman of the Gay Alliance for Equality (GaeGala), beginning in the summer (probably May or June) of 1972, which is when I first met him.

He also volunteered at TheeKlub in (and lived in one of the apartments in) the GreenLantern Building. Tom and DavidGray were close friends at the time.

Tom was also a volunteer on the GayLine in the early years (1972 to 1974 or 75).

He operated the AlternateBookShop on the top floor of the GreenLantern Building in about , 1974; I bought many books there. It was open only in the evenings since Tom worked at the Victoria General Hospital during the day (in the laundry department, I believe).

Tom was an early and ardent supporter of Dignity, the organization for gay and lesbian Catholics. Later (after I left Halifax in 1976) he was part of a Dignity Chapter (DignityGroup) in Halifax, along with Father MikeMacDonald.