Kevin Bourassa thanking everyone gathered for the evening to celebrate the publication
of Just Married.
Elaine and Anne Vautour (MCC Toronto marriage case) were among the couples fighting
for marriage in attendance. Gail Donnelly and Barb McDowall (Toronto civil marriage
case) were present to lend support.
Ian Taylor (left, Never Say "No Comment" Inc.) and spouse George Olds
share a celebratory kiss during the Just Married party. Ian and George provided
early support and advice to us.
Shaun Oakey, the copy editor who worked on Just Married with our editor Meg Taylor,
in the arm of John Gaylord.
Gay Marriage and the Expansion
of Human Rights
Party - Wednesday, June 19, 2021 Toronto
celebrated Doubleday Canada's publication of our book Just
with family, friends and supporters in Toronto on June 19, 2002. It was a wonderful
opportunity to see friends who we've missed over the past year while we worked
on our book and other advocacy activities.
parents, some siblings, uncles, aunts and cousins, mingled with friends, fellow
marriage advocates (Anne & Elaine Vautour and Gail Donnelly & Barb McDowall),
politicians (Toronto city councilor Kyle Rae [photo at left] and Ontario New Democratic
Party member of provincial parliament for our riding, Marilyn Churley), supporters
(Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes, the law firm McGowan Elliott and Kim), and the great people
evening began at 7:00 p.m., and the room quickly neared its capacity. The bar
was kept busy, the food was enjoyed, and dj James K (Government and the 11th Hour),
assisted by Michael Scrivener, played a mix of music programmed for the theme
of love and human rights. James K will also be providing the music programmed
for our float in the Toronto Pride parade on June 30, 2002.
spent the next two hours chatting with friends, some of whom we have not seen
in many months, and signing books. The evening seemed to fly by and before long
it was time to close the evening down. We didn't really get to
thank all the people we wanted to (but they know who they are, and now thanks
to the publication of the book, so do a lot of other people).
to Stephanie Gowan, publicity manager, Doubleday, for arranging this great evening,
James K for providing the music, John Thompson for setting up and taking down
the signage, and Glad
Day Bookshop for promoting Just Married and for donating $340.18 (a portion
of the evening's book sales) to the Equal