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Marching brave: 50 years of gay rights in Canada (SPH)

Nearly 100 gay rights activists demonstrate on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Aug. 29, 1971, marching past the Peace Tower carrying signs that read “Canada: True, North, Strong and Gay.” Photo courtesy of The Canadian Press / Peter Bregg.
Nearly 100 gay rights activists demonstrate on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Aug. 29, 1971, marching past the Peace Tower carrying signs that read “Canada: True, North, Strong and Gay.” Photo courtesy of The Canadian Press / Peter Bregg.

As a volunteer at AIDS Vancouver and a nurse at St. Paul’s Hospital, Michael Welsh was at the epicentre of AIDS care in the 1980s.

I moved to Vancouver from northern Alberta in 1974, when I was 27. By 1981, I was working as a nurse at St. Paul’s, the hospital downtown. We were one of the first places in Canada to treat patients with HIV/AIDS, though we didn’t know what it was yet.

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