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Charles C. Hill
(1945 - living) Canada

Charles Hill

Art curator and activist

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Born in Ottawa, Hill studied art history at McGill University and the University of Toronto At the latter, in 1969 he was a founder and first chairman of the University of toronto Homophile Association (UTHA), the first openly gay association in Canada. UTHA was the first group formed after the proclamation of the bill that decriminalised same-sex relationsips between consenting adults in private.

Hill moved back to Ottawa in 1972 and in 1973 assumed the presidency of Gays of Ottawa. He then dropped out of the gay movement, though he appered in various gay events. He was honoured at the Ottawa Pride festival in 1997. Hill was hired as an assistant curator at the National gallery of Canada in 1972, and in 1980 was appointed its curator of Canadian art. Challenges to conventional wisdom still interest him.

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Source: excerpts from: Aldrich R. & Wotherspoon G., Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History, from WWII to Present Day, Routledge, London, 2001

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