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January 10 Calgary Mayor Ralph Klein […]




January 10 Calgary Mayor Ralph Klein made a brief appearance at the annual drag ball of the Imperial Court of the Chinook Arch, during which he made a speech praising the good work of GIRC, and announcing that "law-abiding gay people" were welcome in the city of Calgary. Klein received a three-minute standing ovation from the 500 people in attendance; he then left immediately for other official duties. Klein's remarks caused an uproar in the pages of the Calgary Sun, where columnist Michael Shapcott, in particular, objected to Klein's "providing encouragement to a group of people that most of us find, at best, to be morally offensive." Klein later backtracked on his remarks.

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Michael ShapcottRalph Klein

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Gay Information and Resources Calgary GIRCThe Imperial Sovereign Court of the Chinook Arch

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Michael Shapcott, "Klein's Tainted His Political Hide" (column), Calgary Sun, 16 January 1981."Pink Herring" (editorial), Calgary Sun, 14 January 1981, p. 10"Mayor Klein and the Gays: The Calgary Sun's Attempt to Create Controversy Falls Flat," Alberta Report, 23 January 1981, p. 7"Let Me Rephrase That: Klein Backtracks," Edmonton Sun, 13 January 1981Gerald Hannon, "Sun Puts Heat on Calgary Mayor after His Appearance at Gay Ball," Body Politic, no. 71 (1981), p. 14R. Hanlon, "ICCA Ball, Held on January 10, 1981, at the Glenmore Inn," Reach (GIRC, Calgary), January 1981, pp. 8–9"Cowtown Gays Have Klein's OK," Calgary Sun, 12 January 1981, p. 4