Doug Wilson

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Douglas “Doug” Wilson was a grad student in Canada during the 1970s who placed an ad in the student newspaper because he wanted to start a gay group on campus, but was expelled when the department found out about it. Wilson filed a human rights complaint, but he lost because sexual orientation was not covered under the human rights code at the time. He went on to be a prominent gay activist, and the first openly gay politician to run for the Canadian Parliament. He was also a book publisher, and published his partner Peter McGehee’s novels, Boys Like Us (1991) and Sweetheart (1992). Mr Wilson remained a champion of gay rights until he died on September 26, 1992 of AIDS-related pneumonia.

In March 2009, Stubblejumper, (link opens press report) a film about Doug Wilson directed by David Geiss was screened in venues across Saskatchewan, while in honour of his role as a significant builder of LGBT culture and history in Canada, a portrait of Wilson by artist Alfred Ng is held in the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives’ National Portrait Collection.

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