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David Rayside
(June 5, 1947 - living) Canada

David Rayside

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David, born in Montreal, got his B.A. (Honours) in 1969 at Carleton University, and his A.M. in 1971 at The University of Michigan, both in Political Science. He is the founding Coordinator of the Committee on Homophobia, at University of Toronto (1989-91), and later a member of the Committee (from 1989 to 1994).

In the 1990s led the development of the burgeoning Sexual Diversity Studies (SDS) program at University of Toronto, aims to make sexual diversity issues more firmly entrenched in academia. He is political science professor at the U of T, and specializes in gay rights issues. He is the author of On the Fringe: Gays, Lesbians and the Political Process in Britain, Canada and the United States.

I am an openly-gay academic (and administrator, for the moment), heavily influenced both by socialist feminism and liberalism, increasingly ambivalent and uncertain in the analysis of political change, though still relatively decisive as a political activist. My research focusses on tracking lesbian/gay political movements in Canada, the U.S., and Britain, particularly as they make forays into mainstream politics, and exploring the extent ot which such activism makes a difference in public policy (as well as on the political movements themselves).

My personal life revolves around a ten-year long partnership with an adorable man named Gerry, extremely close friendships with a number of women and men, an extraordinarily supportive relationship with a heterosexual identical twin brother, a love of classical music (only as listener and watcher), and an enthusiasm for butch handiman projects.

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Source: http://www.utoronto.ca/womens/raybio.htm

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