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December 2 East York, Ont. Jim […]




December 2 East York, Ont. Jim Quixley, a librarian at Glendon College, York University, and a member of the Writers' Union of Canada, was scheduled to read from his children's book Willie Won't Fly to a class of grade six students at William Burgess Public School. The reading was part of the Writers' Union programme and was funded by the OAC. Quixley's reading was cancelled, however, after the school's principal discovered that Quixley was a member of the CLA's Gay Interest Group. Quixley had given readings at several other schools without incident, and Willie Won't Fly did not contain any gay content.

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Marina Strauss, "Homosexual Author Not Allowed to Speak to Elementary School," Globe and Mail, metro ed., 3 December 1980, p. 5.Fay Orr, "School Principal Cancels Reading by Gay Writer of Children's Books," Body Politic, no. 69 (1980–81), p. 18"Homosexual Author Turned Down as Speaker at Elementary School," Toronto Star, four star ed., 3 December 1980, p. A3"Don't Bar Homosexual Speaker" (editorial), Toronto Star, four star ed., 4 December 1980, p. A6"Author Defends Rights," Feliciter, January 1981, p. 3