Canadian businessman and pioneering gay activist dies
Saturday October, 2005. According to close friends, George Hislop died today, at approximately 6pm. George was in Grace a palliative care hospital, suffering from cancer.
Hislop, born in 1927 was a Canadian businessman and pioneering gay activist; co-founder and president of the Community Homophile Association of Toronto (CHAT), one of the major lesbian and gay organizations in Canada during the Seventies; an organizer of the first gay rights demonstration on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on August 28, 1971; co-founder of the Toronto Lambda Business Council; in running for alderman in the City of Toronto election in 1980, he became the first openly gay person to run for public office in Canada. In early August this year Canadian Feds offered Hislop some pension money after a class action suit.
Good night George. Your memory will shine on.