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John Alan Lee

John Alan Lee was a professor of sociology in Toronto and a prominent gay rights activist. He was the first Canadian professor to profess his homosexuality, which he did on television on Valentine’s Day in 1974. He helped found Canadian chapters of the Gay Academic Union, especially the University of Toronto chapter which formed in September 1975. In 1975 he also offered a University of Toronto Continuing Education course entitled “The Gay Experience: A Sociological Perspective.” His 1978 book Getting Sex was controversial for explicit depictions of gay sex. From Aug. 20-22 1979, he took part in a “Gay sit-in for Justice” in the waiting room of the offices of the Ontario Attorney General, Roy McMurtry.

Names John A. Lee (Main)
BE [n75.57]
Related Pages https://lglc.ca/person/JLEE/
https://viaf.org/viaf/75441598/
Birth Date 1933
Birth Place https://lglc.ca/place/MAXV/
Death Date 2013/12/05
Death Place https://lglc.ca/place/TOR/
Activist [Yes - Pro]
Identities Gay
1958
BG [n74.44]

BC [http://www.johnalanlee.ca/author.htm(http://goo.gl/Mxvb80)]

Heterosexual - 1958

BDG [http://www.johnalanlee.ca/author.htm(http://goo.gl/Mxvb80)]

Occupations Journalist
[1975/05/16]

https://lglc.ca/event/n75.57

Professor HigherEducation
[1974/02/14]

https://lglc.ca/event/n74.44

Professor of Sociology HigherEducation
1984/04/01

“Love and Hostility,” Body Politic, no. 123 (1986), p. 37

Sociologist
1978/06/01

“Love and Hostility,” Body Politic, no. 123 (1986), p. 37

Writer
1978/06

“Jane Rule: The Woman Behind Lesbian Images,” Body Politic, no. 21 (1975),p. 14

Associated People https://lglc.ca/person/BWAL/
(Coactivists)
Personal
Social
1975/09

https://lglc.ca/event/n75.146

https://lglc.ca/person/JQUI/
(Coactivists)
Personal
Social
1975/05

https://lglc.ca/event/n75.146

https://lglc.ca/person/MLYN/
(Coactivists)
Personal
Social
1975/05

https://lglc.ca/event/n75.146

https://lglc.ca/person/VPUL/
(Coactivists)
Personal
Social
1975/09

https://lglc.ca/event/n75.146

https://lglc.ca/person/P_JEAN2/
(Spouses)
Personal
Romantic
1958

Hugh Brewster, “Outcasts,” The Walrus, 8 September 2014, http://thewalrus.ca/outcasts/
http://www.johnalanlee.ca/author.htm(https://goo.gl/VkwHDB)

https://lglc.ca/person/LCRE/
({Writer})
Professional
Occupational
notAfter(1978)

https://lglc.ca/event/n78.21

https://lglc.ca/person/MMOO/
({subjectInterview})
Professional
Occupational
6/19/1978

https://lglc.ca/event/n78.236

https://lglc.ca/person/BHAW/
(Coactivists)
Personal
Social
notAfter(1979/12/13)

https://lglc.ca/event/n79.387

https://lglc.ca/person/GHIS/
(Coactivists)
Personal
Social
notAfter(1979/12/13)

https://lglc.ca/event/n79.387

Associated Places University of Toronto (Employee)
1984/04/01
Associated Organizations https://lglc.ca/organization/GAUT/ (Member - Organizing Committee)
1975/05

BCE [n75.146]

https://lglc.ca/organization/GAUT/ (Executive Member)
1975/09

BCE [n75.146]

https://lglc.ca/organization/GAUT/ (Contact)
1974

BCE [n75.146]

https://lglc.ca/organization/GAUT/ (Chairperson)
1975

http://www.clga.ca/memoriam-john-alan-lee-1933-2013(http://goo.gl/ln31Me)

https://lglc.ca/organization/RTPC/ (Chairperson)
1981

http://www.clga.ca/memoriam-john-alan-lee-1933-2013

Associated Periodicals https://lglc.ca/periodical/p70/ (Journalist)
1975/05/16 - 1975/05/30

BDE [n74.202], C [n75.57]

https://lglc.ca/periodical/p110/ (LetterWriter)
1964/04/22

BCE [n64.17]

https://lglc.ca/periodical/p97/ (LetterWriter)
1964

BCE [n64.17]

https://lglc.ca/periodical/p10/ (LetterWriter)
1978

BCE [n78.161]