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article imagePierre Trudeau inducted into Queer Hall of Fame

By Kevin Jess     Sep 20, 2009 in Lifestyle
Former Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Elliott Trudeau has been inducted into the Canadian Queer Hall of Fame. He was a key figure in the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada.
Pierre Trudeau was the 15th Prime Minister of Canada from April 20, 1968 to June 4, 1979, and from March 3, 1980 to June 30, 1984.
He is one of five inductees into the newly established Hall of Fame based in Vancouver.
Other inductees include Olympic gold swimmer Mark Tewksbury, ted northe and two other activists in the GLBT community reports Canadian Press.
Northe, who has trademarked his name with a small 't' and a small 'n', is being recognized for founding the Imperial Empire of Canada Foundation and the Dogwood Monarchist Society, both of which are based on a royal court system for drag queens and kings and raise money for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered citizens by hosting lavish balls. He has given over 50 years to community service reports the Vancouver Courier.
The event was organized by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Pride Network and Qmunity.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada.
In an interview with Canadian Press, Trudeau's son Justin said, "He'd be touched," with how his father's work was being honored.
Trudeau helped convince Parliament to pass the law in 1969 with his famous partial quote, "there’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation."
Paul Therien, chairman of the Queer Hall of Fame said to the Canadian Press, "For lack of better terminology, Trudeau was the wrench that turned the nut."
The final two inductees are Janine Fuller, an author and manager of the Little Sisters Book Store in Vancouver, and Robert Kaiser, also known as drag queen Joan-E.
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