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Christine Bearchell



Christine (Chris) Bearchell was one of the first six directors of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives and held many important roles during Canada's liberation movement. In 1975 the Committee to Defend John Damien was established and Bearchell was chairperson. In June 1976 Toronto Gay Alliance Toward Equality (GATE) approved the formation of a lesbian caucus, and elected Bearchell as the first woman of its executive body. She contributed to a weekly column called "Dykes" in the Body Politic. Bearchell was one of five representatives who argued for the inclusion of sexual orientation protection in the proposed Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. In 1981 she was awarded a certificate of appreciation for her civil rights work by Toronto Metropolitan Community Church.

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February 7 Toronto John Damien was […]September 13 Toronto A gay rights […]April 10 Toronto Lesbian activists […]June Toronto "Dykes," a column […]June 5 Toronto GATE (Toronto) […]February 7 Toronto About sixty […]March Toronto Chris Bearchell's […]January 3 Toronto The BPFPF and the […]March–April Toronto After its […]September 17 Hamilton "Straight […]March 13 Toronto The CGA was […]March 31 Toronto Five gay activists […]December 11 Ottawa Representatives […]September 25–26 Toronto MCC […]

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Christine Bearchell papers, 83-016, Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Toronto;