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Kyle Rae
(1954 - living) Canada

Kyle Rae

Councillor

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Kyle has a Master's Degree in History from the University of Birmingham and a Master of Library Science Degree from the University of Toronto. Executive Director of The 519 Church Street Community Centre in Downtown Toronto in 1987, he was elected to Toronto City Council in 1991, the first openly gay City Councillor in Toronto, working on the successful passage of Bill 7 amending the Ontario Human Rights Code to include sexual orientation.

Kyle has been a City Councillor since 1991. In his time as a City Councillor, he has worked with resident, ratepayer, tenant, neighbourhood and business associations to maintain and enhance Downtown communities. He secured the first Lesbian & Gay Pride Day proclamation from Toronto City Council in 1991, and established the tradition of raising the Rainbow Flag at City Hall each year during Pride Week; he also convinced City Council to provide same sex benefits to all City of Toronto employees.

He was named the "Best City Councillor" in NOW Magazine's 1996 and 1997 Reader's Polls, and "Best City Councillor" from 1998 to 2003 by XTRA! magazine.

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