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Wilson Hodder
(1949 - 2000) Canada

Wilson Hodder

Activist

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Born in Ireland's Eye, Newfoundland, Canada; sailor, teacher, AIDS activist, and gay rights activist (he received the Canadian AIDS Society leadership award, 2000).

When the federal government informed him he had no rights to his gay partner's Canada Pension Plan benefits, he took the government to court, won his case, and in May 1999 he became one of the first two men in the country to qualify for same-sex spousal survivor benefits under the Canada Pension Plan when the federal justice minister acknowledged to a tribunal that the rules were discriminatory.

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