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Events in Grand River Rainbow Communities


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1985

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1985 * HIV-Positive UW Student Campaigns for Safer Sex

Bill Allan, a UW student, was diagnosed as HIV positive. He began talking to people on campus about safer sex, but people generally ignored his message. He later spear-headed the formation of the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA). Chris Gordon became co-ordinator of GLLOW. He arranged for Bill to speak to GLLOW, and suggested the name ACCKWA for the group that Bill proposed. ACCKWA was founded later in 1985, as a community-based organization. In the Fall, Bill Allan, Chris Gordon and others put on the first AIDS Awareness Night at the KW Hospital.
[source: Jim Parrott.]

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1985, October 1 (Tuesday): GLOW - GLLOW Name Change

Gay Liberation of Waterloo (GLOW) elected to change its name to Gay and Lesbian Liberation of Waterloo (GLLOW).
[source: Nigel Flear.]

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1985, October 23 (Wednesday) * AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area: Public Information Night

An article entitled “‘Sad Songs’ not needed” (with tagline “AIDS meeting discusses victims' problems”) by Donna Chong, Imprint staff, reported on the “Public Information Night held by the newly formed AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener-Waterloo and area, also known as ACCKWA. The event took place on Wednesday October 23 at the auditorium of the K-W Hospital.” The article noted that the meeting was opened by “UW student Bill Allan, chairman of ACCKWA, and himself afflicted with PLS, a form of AIDS.” His remarks were followed by a screening of the film No Sad Songs, which was “about AIDS and its impact on the lives of different people.” The article mentioned other speakers, and the need for fund-raising and support for ACCKWA.
[source: Imprint, Friday, November 1, 1985, Vol. 8, No. 18, p.3; article entitled “‘Sad Songs’ not needed”]

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1985, December 31 (Tuesday) * K-W Record: K-W area records second case of AIDS

On p.?? of The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1985, December 31, Tuesday, there was an article by Sheila Hannon, Record staff, entitled “K-W area records second case of AIDS” In this article, it was noted that Dr. Gerard Evans, Waterloo Region's medical officer of health had indicated that in December of 1985 the second case of AIDS had been diagnosed in someone living in Waterloo Region; the first case had been diagnosed three years earlier, in 1982. The article also stated that (at the time) people usually lived only about three to five years after diagnosis, and that more than 90% of those who had contracted AIDS were homosexual or bisexual. The article also mentions Bill Allan in the following paragraph: “Bill Allan, a founder of the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area, said he has heard rumors of a confirmed case of AIDS. However, although he knows of several people, including himself, who suffer from AIDS-related conditions, he is unaware of anyone with a recent diagnosis of the full-blown disease.”
[source: The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1985, December 31, Tuesday, p.??; article entitled “K-W area records second case of AIDS”; photocopy supplied by ACCKWA.]

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