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February 22, March 7 Toronto […]




February 22, March 7 Toronto Maclean's published a two-part series by Sidney Katz entitled "The Homosexual Next Door: A Sober Appraisal of a New Social Phenomenon." These are believed to be the first full-scale articles in a mainstream Canadian publication to take a generally positive view of homosexuality. Katz was influenced in his views through contact with James Egan, Canada's most prominent gay activist for the period 1949-64. The articles were later reprinted in a pamphlet of the same name by Pan-Graphic Press of San Francisco in its Mattachine Review Reprint Series.

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"Treating the Homosexuals" (letters), Maclean's, 2 May 1964, pp. 7, 36.Gary Kinsman, The Regulation of Desire: Sexuality in Canada (Montréal: Black Rose Books, 1987), pp. 119-20, 160Gary Kinsman, "Official Discourse as Sexual Regulation: The Social Organization of the Sexual Policing of Gay Men" (Ph.D. dissertation. University of Toronto, 1989), pp. 413-15Sidney Katz, "The Harsh Facts of Life in the 'Gay' World," Maclean's, 7 March 1964, pp. 18, 34—38Sidney Katz, "The Homosexual Next Door: A Sober Appraisal of a New Social Phenomenon," Maclean's, 22 February 1964, pp. 10-11, 28-30Robert Champagne (interviewing James Egan), "Canada's Pioneer Gay Activist: Jim Egan," Rites 3 (December 1986-January 1987): 14 (reprinted inRobert Champagne,Jim Egan: Canada's Pioneer Gay Activist, Canadian Lesbian and Gay History Network Publication no. i[Toronto: CLGHN, 1987],pp. 6-7)