Canadian LGBT History/Bathhouse Raids and Riots< Canadian LGBT History
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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