TORONTO POLICE "REGRET" BATHHOUSE RAIDS OF 1981

Jun 22, 2016

By Michael Kramer

Share on
A landmark day for members of Toronto’s LGBTQ community,
Toronto’s police chief has officially said the force “regrets” raids more than 35 years ago – that explicitly targeted gays.

Chief Mark Saunders addressed a series of raids on Toronto bathhouses in 1981 – that saw officers barging into four establishments – where they rounded up the people inside.

Nearly 300 people were arrested and charged with owning or being found in a common bawdy house.
Saunders says the February 1981 event was dramatic because of its “destructiveness.”
More than 90 per cent of the charges were eventually dropped in years to come – but the raids galvanized Toronto’s gay community – to fight for their rights and find a political voice.
Join Our Fan Club
Coverage Area
Downtown Toronto
96.7FM
Toronto HD
96.3 HD-2
Kingston to Windsor, Parry Sound to Pittsburgh
AM740
ZoomerRadio Logo

Recently Played: