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Party planned for Dec. 9 decision on gay marriage from the Supreme Court of Canada




The Nova Scotia Big Gay Wedding Reception on Friday November 26, 2020






Marriage Equality Express - October 4 to 11

Please sponsor bus/hotel expenses.





External link to Halifax Pride





Marching with CIBC employees, with appreciation for support during same-sex marriage campaign. (EXTERNAL LINK to Toronto Pride Parade)




Pink Weddings Expo (Toronto, June 24/25, 2004)





Toronto Call to Action:  Protest against Stephen Harper on June 22, 4:30 p.m. at CBC in Toronto




Protest against the anti-gay record of Liberal M.P. (Toronto-Danforth) Dennis Mills.  Sat. June 19 at noon






Project 1138 - Support marriage equality.






Equality Forum 2004

Thanks for the support:
External link to Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce



Invitation to CGLCC Fundraiser


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Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell at the University of Buffalo on April 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. (External link to LGBTA)






Michael Hendricks and Rene Lebeouf invite you to Quebec's 1st legal same-sex marriage.






Equality California's 2004 Francisco Equality Awards Dinner (SELECT for external link to EQCA events calendar)



Read a report of our visit to S.F.






University of Victoria community forum on same-sex marriage:  March 11, 7:30 to 9:30 pm





External link to March of Hearts






Communicate your way to success: Feb. 28, 12:30 until 4:30, 519 Community Centre, Toronto (SELECT for more details)






See this year's activity on Valentine's Day.






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Advocacy News - Events

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December 7, 2004

Party planned for Dec. 9 court decision

Same-sex marriage activists invite you to a noon-hour party on Dec. 9th after the Canadian Supreme Court releases its decision on gay marriage. Activists, friends, lawyers, and supporters will be at Woody's, 467 Church Street, Toronto. Join us to celebrate what Ontario Chief Justice McMurtry calls "the recognition of human dignity and equality."

Read "Party planned for Dec. 9 court decision"

November 26, 2004

Nova Scotia Big Gay Wedding Reception

The Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project (NSRAP) is producing a Big Gay Wedding Reception in Halifax beginning at 6:30 PM with dinner at 7. The evening is a fundraiser to retire an $8,000 debt in legal expenses left over from the successful court challeng for gay marriage. Comedian Bette MacDonald will be the MC with silent aution, cash bar, keynote speaker Darrell Dexter, couples from the equal marriage victory in Nova Scotia and lots of toasts!

Friday, November 26th
Pier 21, Halifax
(cocktails at 6:30 p.m. - dinner at 7:30 p.m.)
Tickets are $75 each or a table for $700.
Pay by cash, VISA or cheque (payable to "NSRAP")
For ticket information call (902) 444-7887 or email.

October 4 - 11, 2004

Marriage Equality Express

A busload of same-sex marriage advocates will travel from San Francisco to Washington D.C. , speaking at stops along the way. Donate to the equal marriage express from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.Through rallies and lcoal appearances the group of speakers will add a positive message to the ongoing dialogue on civil rights now underway across North America. They will travel to 13 cities in 8 days. Please sponsor this important initiative. Please help bring a message of justice, equality and universal human rights on a journey across America.

Read more about the Marriage Equality Express

July 17, 2004

Halifax Pride '04- This Way Out

We look forward to returning to Halifax and marching in this city's increasingly popular Pride parade. We were honoured to be co-grand marshalls last year. This year, we are proud to march with old friends, and new, in an event that keeps getting bigger and better each year. We have lots to celebrate and still more to accomplish. Join us and march in support of equal marriage for same-sex couples. Our thanks to Jay Thordarson and Halifax Pride '04 for inviting us back again.

Please help us pay for our advocacy expenses in support of same-sex marriage.

June 27, 2004

Toronto: Marching with CIBC employees

Toronto: We will join employees from the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce at this year's Toronto Pride parade. It will be CIBC's third appearance in the parade. This year, the bank's Chairman hosted the the bank's first Pride reception for employees and community leaders. We look forward to marching with employees of CIBC, with our appreciation for the bank's respect for diversity and commitment to employees.

Please help us pay for our advocacy expenses in support of same-sex marriage.

June 24 - 25, 2004

Toronto: Pink Weddings Expo

Toronto: Gaiety.ca Magazine will be hosting the Pink Wedding Expo, a same-sex marriage trade show featuring major suppliers. This show will be extremely important for gay and lesbian couples who are planning to marry in the province of Ontario in the near future. We will be opening the show with our friends Gail Donnelly and Barbara McDowall. The Expo is located at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel on Yonge Street, blocks from the gay neighborhood. Thursday and Friday, June 24th and 25th from noon to 9 p.m.

Please help us pay for our advocacy expenses in support of same-sex marriage.

June 22, 2004

Toronto: Stephen Harper protest at CBC

Toronto: Anti-gay Conservative leader Stephen Harper will be at the CBC national headquarters in Toronto at 5 p.m. tonight to be interviewed by Peter Mansbridge. Supporters of same-sex marriage will be gathering at 4:30 p.m. at the John Street entrance of the CBC (just north of Front Street) to welcome Harper in an appropriate manner. This may be last time Harper will be in Toronto before the election. Bring signs and noise makers. Spread the word!

June 19, 2004

Toronto: Picket Liberal MP Dennis Mills

Toronto: As Member of Parliament for the riding of Toronto-Danforth, Dennis Mills (Liberal Party) has consistently opposed equality for gays and lesbians and his current campaign platform includes his support for marriage discrimination. Residents of the riding have organized a day to picket at Mills' campaign office. We must not let Mills go through this election without being confronted with his record. Support same-sex marriage. Bring signs (or we can provide some for you in advance), noise makers, etc., to 607 Danforth Avenue (west of Pape Avenue) at noon on Saturday June 19.

Please contact us for further information, or to reserve your protest sign.

May 2, 2004

Project 1138 for marriage equality

Human rights do not begin or end at a nation's borders. Human rights and human dignity are universal and inevitable."
Jerry Shestack, Past President American Bar Association,
and former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Commission, (Toronto, 2002).

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: There are 1,138 U.S. federal protections and benefits for married couples that are denied same-sex couples, regardless of the length of their relationships. Equality Forum invites you to SundayOUT on May 2 for Project 1138. The first 1, 138 couples (1yr+) to register will recieve a balloon and a heart-shaped pin. The 1,138 balloons will be released , a symbol of support for marriage equality. No charge or admission fee.

Read: "Equality Forum's Project 1138 press release"

April 26 - May 2, 2021

Equality Forum features Canada

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Canada's record of respect for diversity and equality, crowned by the arrival of same-sex marriage, has earned the country a coveted spot as the featured nation at this year's Equality Forum in Philadelphia. We are thrilled to be part of a delegation of 19 prominent Canadians speaking at this year's premier summit on equal marriage. We will participate on an International Family Values panel and a Gay Marriage panel. Other speakers include Canada's former Justice Minister Martin Cauchon, Member of Parliament Svend Robinson, Winnipeg Mayor Glen Murray, and Ontario's Minister of Health, George Smitherman. Join us in the city of brotherly love!

Read "Equality Forum features Canada in 2004"

April 20, 2004

An evening to celebrate Equality

Toronto, Ontario: Join the Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, with Honourable Chairpersons the Hon. Bill Graham, the Hon. George Smitherman, and City Councillor Kyle Rae, in an evening to celebrate equality. This fundraiser will support Canada’s participation in Equality Forum, help to showcase Ontario as a leader in human rights, and promote Toronto as an inviting travel destination.

The Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce provided our transportation to Equality Forum 2004. Please support this group and join us this evening!

Tickets are $100 and include hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

Zelda’s Restaurant & Bar
542 Church Street, Toronto
Tuesday, April 20th, 2004, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

To purchase tickets, visit www.cglcc.ca/events.

April 2, 2004

University of Buffalo - Out Loud and Proud

Buffalo, New York: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Alliance of the University at Buffalo (LGBTA) has invited us to speak about our experience working for equal marriage.

Out Loud and Proud Lecture Series
Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell
University of Buffalo - Woldman Theater
112 Norton Hall, north campus
April 2, 2021
7 - 9 p.m.
Free - no registration required
SELECT to learn more about Just Married: Gay Marriage and the Expansion of Human Rights

April 1, 2004

An invitation to Quebec's 1st gay marriage

Montreal, Quebec: Michael Hendricks and René LeBoeuf cordially invite you to their civil marriage ceremony (finally!). They were exempted from the traditional 20-day wait period, in recognition of their long-public advocacy for same-sex marriage. "In our tradition," says Michael, "marriage is a public act when two persons join themselves together in front of their community. Therefore our ceremony will be open to all. The date of April 1st was chosen to commemorate the first civil marriages between people of the same-sex in Holland in 2001."

Date: Thursday April 1, 2004
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Place: Palais de justice de Montreal
1 Notre Dame Road East, Room 3102
For further details phone: 514-522-9851

March 20, 2004

Equality California's 2004 San Francisco Equality Awards Dinner

San Francisco, California: We are deeply grateful to be keynote speakers and guests of honor at Equality California's 2004 San Francisco Equality Awards Dinner. This year's theme, in keeping with the amazing events in San Francisco, will be "Equal Love. Equal Rights." The evening will begin with a VIP reception in honor of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, followed by a silent auction to raise funds for the work ahead. Dinner and awards will conclude the evening. Kate Kendell, Esq., Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights will receive EQCA's 2004 Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon Relationship Equality Award, and the Honorable Ron Oden, Mayor, Palm Springs, Vice President, Equality California Institute, will receive EQCA's 2004 Leadership Equality Award. We will receive EQCA's 2004 Creating History Award.

EQCA's 2004 San Francisco Equality Awards Dinner
March 20, 2021
The Four Seasons Hotel
757 Market Street
San Francisco, CA
Tickets and information on how to become a sponsor (sold out)

March 11, 2004

U of Victoria Community Forum

Victoria, British Columbia: University of Victoria's Spring Community Forum will provide a cross-cultural context for thinking about marriage. The March 11 event will examine the constitutional and legal context surrounding the proposed equal marriage legislation. The forum will include Professor Donald Casswell (Faculty of Law, UVic) and Dr. Lisa Mitchell (Anthropology, UVic).

Admission is free.
March 11, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
University of Victoria
Murray and Anne Fraser Building, Room A159
Register to reserve a seat: 250-472-4747
Course Code: ASPI183 2004S1 C01

March 6, 2004

March of Hearts - Rally for equal marriage

Ottawa, Ontario: The March of Hearts will be a peaceful rally in support of equal marriage for all Canadians. Participants will assemble in Ottawa on March 6 (changed from March 5) at the Human Rights Monument (between Elgin Street and the Ontario Provincial Court). Speeches begin at noon and the group will begin a march at 12:30 to the Centennial Flame and back to the Human Rights Monument. Dignitaries will lead the parade and speak briefly. Participants will include students from Ottawa, as well as campuses within a few hours drive, union members, activists, allies and some sympathetic parliamentarians. Please participate. Email equalmarriage2004@yahoo.ca to get involved.

February 28, 2004

Lessons in Telling Our Stories
Messages for a community on the verge of equality

Toronto: We will be speaking at a seminar produced by Toronto's Rainbow Toastmasters: Communicate Your Way to Success. Our presentation will be "Lessons in Telling Our Stories: Messages for a community on the verge of equality". Other speakers will discuss:

  • how to write speak and think more effectively
  • how to improve your career, grow your business

Saturday, February 28, 2004, 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The 519 Community Centre, 519 Church Street
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
Tickets are available at "This Ain't the Rosedale Library".

More details

February 13 - 14, 2004

Valentine's Day - Free To Marry

Check here for updates on plans to repeat 2003's demand for equal marriage. Same-sex couples from across Canada will ask for marriage licences in the provinces that still refuse to comply with the new common law definition of marriage. Planning an event in your province? Let us know.

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