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Feminist Lunch Series with Dr Tom Hooper

Author: Karen Pearlston

Posted on Mar 27, 2019

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As part of the Feminist Lunch Series, Dr. Tom Hooper, History at York University, will give a talk titled, "'Celebrating' the Recriminalization of Homosexuality in 1969" on Thursday, March 28 at 12:30 p.m. in Tilley Hall, 28.

The federal government has launched several initiatives to celebrate the so-called decriminalization of homosexuality in 1969. This is based on a myth. The decriminalization of buggery and gross indecency in private between only two adults merely recognized the obvious; the state could not access the bedrooms of the nation using these provisions. At the same time, police forces across the country mobilized to charge queer people not only with gross indecency, but also other sections of the Criminal Code untouched by the 1969 Omnibus Bill. 

That evening, at 7 p.m. at the Affirmation Lounge (385 Mazzuca's Lane), Dr. Cooper and Dr. Karen Pearlston (UNB Law) will give a talk titled, "Anti-69: Against the Mythologies of the 1969 Criminal Code Reform," hosted by Fredericton Pride. 

This talk will focus on what the 1969 reforms did and did not do for marginalized groups in our community, including lesbians, trans people, and BIPOC folks. It will report back on last week’s Anti-69 conference in Ottawa.

Dr. Hooper does research in the area of History, Queer Theory, and Queer Studies in the History Department at York University. His 2016 doctoral thesis was titled, “'Enough is Enough':  The Right to Privacy Committee and Bathhouse Raids in Toronto, 1978-83.” 

Dr. Pearlston researches and writes about Legal History, Family Law, and Gender, Sexuality & Law at UNB.  

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