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Events in Grand River Rainbow Communities


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1991

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1991, January 2 (Wednesday) * Gligor Murders (Kitchener)

On p.A1 of The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario), 2007, April 21, there was an article by Melinda Dalton, Record Staff entitled “DNA and a tip crack brutal 1991 slaying of couple” reviewing how the Gligor murder case had finally been solved. Information from that article follows. The reporter noted that on 1991, January 2, Josef Gligor (61) and his wife Persa Gligor (60) had been found brutally murdered in their Madison Avenue home in Kitchener. “In 1991, police said Josef Gligor, an employee of J. M. Schneider Inc.,was known to seek out transient homosexual encounters in downtown Kitchener, and they believed his behaviour may have put him risk.” Insp. Bryan Larkin indicated in the 2007 interview with the reporter that in the early days, there had been much public and police speculation that Gligor's homosexual behaviour had been a factor in the murders. The article also indicated that “A psychological profile of the suspect released by police shortly after the killings suggested he was a psychopathic killer linked to the gay community. Police said Joseph Gligor likely knew his killer and invited him into the house. Yesterday, those claims were laid to rest as police revealed they no longer believed the Gligors knew their killer and that the likely motive was robbery.” The report said that a tip, along with DNA evidence, allowed the police to prove conclusively on 2007, April 20 that the murderer had been James Harold Middeljans (33), who had a lengthy criminal record, and who had perished in a fire two years after the murder. After 16 years, all the speculation about a link between the murders and the local gay community was finally put to rest.
[source: The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario), 2007, April 21, p.A1.]

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1991, February 20 (Wednesday) * Gligor Murders (Kitchener): K-W Record: K-W Gays Angered They Weren't Warned

On p.A1 of The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario), 1991, February 20 Wednesday Home Edition, there was an article by Greg Crone, Record staff, entitled “K-W gays angered they weren't warned” This article involved interviews with various members of the gay community. The article included numerous comments by Larry MacLean (the Executive Director of ACCKWA), indicating concern that the police had failed to notify the gay community of a possible connection between the Gligor murders and the gay community; he raised the spectre of a gay-basher posing as a gay man. He also suggested that police begin working with gay organizations to combat homophobia. There were also several comments from people at Circles (a gay dance club and bar at 24 Charles St. W., later the site of Club Renaissance); although some people expressed concerns similar to that of McLean, the owner of Circles, Tom Riedel said that he was satisfied with how the police had handled the situation.
[source: The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario), 1991, February 20 Wednesday Home Edition, p.A1.]

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1991, March * GLLOW: 20th Anniversary Celebration

The 20th anniversary celebration of GLLOW occurs. About 60 past and present members attend. There is a discussion panel with GLLOW members from the different time periods reminiscing.
[source: Jim Parrott]

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1991, April 2 (Tuesday) * Gligor Murders (Kitchener): K-W Record: Letter: Had to speak out

On p.A6 of The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario), 1991, April 2, there was a letter written by Larry MacLean of Kitchener entitled “Had to speak out” in response to some criticism over his comments in the February 20 article entitled “Gays Angered They Weren't Warned”. In the letter, the author pointed out that although The Record acknowledged him to be the Executive Director of the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener-Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA), the opinions that he expressed in his letter of February 20th were his own personal opinions, and not necessarily those of ACCKWA.
[source: The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario), 1991, April 2, p.A6.]

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1991, May 6 (Monday) * Gligor Murders (Kitchener): K-W Record: AIDS Fear Slowed Murder Probe, Gligor Son Says

On p.A1 of The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario), 1991, May 6 Monday City Edition, there was an article by Greg Crone, Record staff, entitled “AIDS fear slowed murder probe, Gligor son says”. This article indicated that staff at the “Centre for Forensic Sciences in Toronto refused to analyze blood-spattered evidence because the victim was homosexual.” They insisted on quarantining the evidence for 30 days to ensue that any possible HIV in the evidence would have died. Police indicated that Josef Gligor's body was later tested for HIV and he was found to be HIV-negative.
[source: The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario), 1991, May 6 Monday City Edition, p.A1.]

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1991, June * GLLOW in Toronto Gay Pride Day Parade

Members of GLLOW marched in the Gay Pride Day Parade in Toronto.
[source: Nigel Flear.]

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1991, Summer * GLLOW Camping Trip

A GLLOW camping trip was planned.
[source: Nigel Flear.]

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1991, August 17 (Saturday) * K-W Record: Article: Regional Municipality of Waterloo Employees: Same-Sex Spouses get Benefits from Region

On p.A1 of The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario), 1991, August 17, there was an article written by Gregory Hamara entitled “Same-sex spouses get benefits from Region”. The article began “Gay and lesbian spouses of Waterloo regional employees are now eligible for full health and dental benefits. In a move quietly approved in May by a subcommittee of regional council, the region made changes to its employee-benefit package to include same-sex partners who live in a conjugal relationship.” The chair of that subcommittee indicated that, in light of a potential human-rights challenge, it would be more cost-effective simply to make the change and not have to fight a challenge. The article pointed out that “Under the region's bylaw, but unlike in Toronto, the change did not need approval by the full council. It was made privately by members of the human resources subcommittee, which deals mostly with internal administrative issues.”
[source: The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario), 1991, August 17 Saturday City Edition, p.A1.]

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1991, October 4 (Friday) - October 6 (Sunday) * Canadian AIDS Memorial Quilt: Guelph Armories Visit

On p.B3 of the The Record, 1991, October 7, Monday City Edition was an article by Bruce Bonham (Record correspondent) entitled “1,000 view quilt for AIDS victims at Guelph display”. The article reported on the visit of the Canadian AIDS Memorial Quilt (described in the article as the Names Project Quilt) to Guelph, where it was displayed at the Guelph Armories from October 4 (Friday) to October 6 (Sunday). The article noted that “About 1,000 members of the public showed up over the three-day period to view the quilt, which was started in Canada in 1988 and is made up of about 300 panels, each measuring three feet by six feet, and each representing an individual who has died of AIDS and is being remembered by friends, family, and lovers.” The article described what a moving experience it was for people who came to view the memorial.
[source: The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario), 1991, October 7, Monday City Edition, p.B3.]

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1991, October 21 * GLLOW: Email and Newsgroup

GLLOW got a UNIX account on watserv1 for email and general office work. The newsgroup uw.gllow was started at the same time.
[source: Jim Parrott.]

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1991 * UW Refused Same-Sex Spousal Benefits

The University refused same-sex spousal benefits, saying it would cost too much. In 1995, they changed their mind, and in 1999 the definition of spouse was changed to move pension benefits in line with the spousal benefits.
[source: Jim Parrott.]

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1991 * GLLOW: Coffeehouse Moved to Modern Languages Building

GLLOW's Coffeehouse moved from the Campus Centre to Modern Languages Building.
[Source: Jim Parrott.]

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