The Queer Nineties

Nancy Nicol

2009, 91:00 minutes, colour, English


There was something queer about the 1990s. At the beginning of the 1990s lesbians and gays had no recognition of their relationships in law and the Canadian government had still not included nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in the Federal Human Rights Act. By the end of the decade, lesbians and gays had won relationship recognition and adoption rights in most jurisdictions in Canada. From the defeat of same-sex relationships recognition in Ontario (1994); to the Surrey School Board ban of three children’s books which depicted same-sex parents in B.C. (1997); from the role of ethno-diverse communities and labour within the LGBT movement; to the litigants and lawyers at the forefront of key Charter rights cases (Egan, M. v H., Rosenberg, Chamberlain v the Surrey School Board and Hislop v the Queen) - “the Queer Nineties” takes a look at an amazing decade in the struggle for lesbian and gay equality in Canada.

10 years in the making / 40 years of history. The Queer Nineties, brings to completion Nancy Nicol’s awarding winning series on lesbian and gay rights history in Canada from 1969 to present. This body of work has been 10 years in the making. Other films in the series include: ‘Stand Together (124 minutes, 2002) Audience Choice Award, Making Scenes, Ottawa and John Bailey Completion Award, Inside Out, Toronto 2002; Politics of the Heart (68 minutes, 2005) Audience Choice, Image+Nation, Montreal, 2006, Elle Flanders Award, Inside Out, Toronto, 2007; and The End of Second Class, Elle Flanders Award, Inside Out, Toronto, 2006.

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