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March Toronto Members of the Toronto Organization of United Church Homosexuals (TOUCH) publicly criticized The United Church of Canada for its lack of open dialogue with its gay members. At the time, the United Church was completing its report of the Task Force on Human Sexuality, later known as In God's Image... Male and Female. The study was first reported to the public in the March 1980 issue of the United Church Observer, which generated some alarm in the media and among church members. (See also August 16–25, 1980.)

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"United Church May Open Door to Gays and the Joy of Sex," Metro Community News 7 (11 April 1980): 1, 10."United Church General Council to Debate Gay-positive Study," Body Politic, no. 65 (1980), p. 14"Study of Sexuality as a Gift and Dilemma," United Church Observer, March 1980, p. 36Nicholas Read, "United Church 'Displeased': Report on Sexuality Coverage," Vancouver Sun, three star ed., 20 February 1981, p. A13Ken Popert, "TOUCH Fingers United Church for Slow Progress on Sexual Rights," Body Politic, no. 63 (1980), p. 10Claire Hoy, "Report Ignores Old Values: If It Feels Good Do It: Church," (column), Toronto Sun, 20 March 1980, p. 16"Homosexuality Need Not Disqualify," United Church Observer, March 1980, p. 36Tom Harpur, "Singles Sex Not Always Wrong—United Church Report," Toronto Star, four star ed., 17 March 1980, pp. A1, A2Muriel Duncan, "Sex Report Drawing Both Applause and Boos," United Church Observer, December 1981, pp. 23–24"Church Study Eases Sex Rules," Vancouver Sun, four star ed., 18 March 1980, p. A7Ted Byfield, "The United Church on Sex: Revelation or Mere Treason? A Letter from the Publisher," Alberta Report, 4 April 1980, p. 52Paul Bilodeau, "New Gay Preacher Study: United Church's Turn," Toronto Sun, 7 March 1980, p. 26Pauline Anderson, "Storm of Protest over the Sexuality Report," United Church Observer, June 1980, pp. 32–34