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Headlines from 20 years ago

Some of the stories from Capital Xtra’s first issue, Sept 24, 1993

Out on the ballot
Carleton-Gloucester NDP candidate Cindy Moriarty joins two other openly gay candidates in the federal election. Moriarty describes her grassroots, feminist roots and promises gays and lesbians she’ll stand up and yell for them in Parliament.

Confronting the hate
Ottawa police attempt to spread awareness about the bias crime unit to encourage gays and lesbians to report hate-motivated crimes. They admit that officers have been unsympathetic to complaints in the past or unaware that bashing is a widespread issue, but queer activists and Pink Triangle Services have been working hard to change attitudes.

Censorship: the Canadian way
After Stonewall bookstore, owned by cover boy David Rimmer, becomes the latest victim in a tradition of Canada Customs harassing and detaining the products of Canadian LGBT bookstores. The Ottawa branch of CensorStop continues to advocate for non-discriminatory customs practices.

Deportation stayed — for now
Salvadoran refugee Carla Palacios came to Canada after the disappearance of her father and husband and soon after found out she was pregnant and HIV-positive. ACT UP Montreal fought for Palacios’s right to stay in Canada despite a deportation order.

Queer on campus
Queer students at Carleton University have an on-campus service provider in the Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Centre. The volunteer-run organization offers a drop-in/resource centre and discussion groups geared toward gay men, lesbians and bisexuals. Carleton also hosts People Like You, a gay and lesbian radio show on CKCU 93.1FM.

More on Xtra Ottawa's 20th anniversary:

20 years of shining the light: Practising community journalism is vital, but it's a difficult task

Our spaces, September 1993 — a look back at where Ottawa's gay community gathered 20 years ago

Thinking back to Frontlash — Irshad Manji's column sparked discussion and ruffled the status quo

Will & Grace versus La Petite Mort — Comparing 20 years of queer representation in Ottawa and in pop culture

Whither Ottawa's gay community — the early gay movement's shared aim is disappearing

Memoirs of an Art Fag — this '90s scenester column tackled both politics and culture