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Tom Warner
(1952 - living) Canada

Tom Warner

Activist

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Born in Saskatchewan, he grew up in Prince Albert, and was educated primarily in Toronto, where he has been a prominent gay activist. Since the early 1980s, he has worked at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, where he is now Registrar. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in Canada, and in 1998 was made President.

His activism for sexual diversity causes dates from 1971, when he was a founding member of the Gay Students' Alliance at the University of Saskatchewan. On first moving to Toronto in 1973, he was a founding member and then president of the Gay Alliance Towards Equality (GATE). In subsequent years he was active in several gay and lesbian groups.

In 1993 he was made a Comissioner for Ontario Human Rights Commission, becoming the first openly gay man in Canada to be named to a statutory human rights body. He served in that position for three years. He has spoken widely on sexual orientation issues, and is frequenly quoted in the national pres on the subject. He is the author of Never Going Back, a history of queer activism in Canada.

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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 - et alii

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