Canadian LGBT History/Bathhouse Raids and Riots

1980-1984 edit

In 1981, a major bathhouse raid occurred in Toronto, so outraging the gay community that an estimated 3,000 people poured into the streets of Toronto to protest the raid. Laws from the 1800s known as "bawdy house laws" are still listed in the Criminal Code of Canada; police use these laws to lay charges, and use liquor violation laws as grounds to enter the premises.

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