ADDED ON: 08/01/2018

Everett Klippert, Last Man Jailed In Canada For Being Gay, Changed LGBTQ History

07/31/2018 | Huffington Post

Most young Canadians know Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s famous 1967 quote, “There’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.” But they probably don’t realize the then soon-to-be prime minister was talking about a Calgary bus driver named Everett Klippert. Klippert was the last man in Canada jailed simply for being gay, and he spent more than a decade total behind bars. The high-profile case prompted Trudeau, who was justice minister at the time, to introduce in the omnibus bill that eventually decriminalized same-sex sexual activity between two people over age 21 in Canada in 1969. Klippert’s case changed the trajectory for the queer community in Canada, yet a lot of young people have never heard of him. But the people behind a new documentary released Tuesday hope to change that.


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