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Ian Young
(1945 - living) Canada

Ian Young

Poet, writer, publisher and activist


Young was born in London, but spent much of his chilhood in South Africa before settling in Canada in 1957. During the 1960s he became involved with the civil rights movement while at the University of Toronto, and began publish poetry. In 1969 he was one of the founders of the University of Toronto Homophile Association (UTHA), the first post-Stonewall gay organisation in Canada. He founded Catlyst Press, the first gay literary publishing house, in 1970.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Young became increasingly interested in ceremonial magic; in 1981, he co-founded the Hermetic Order of the Silver Sword. In 1997, Young co-founded the Toronto branch of Health Education AIDS Liaison (HEAL), a non-profit, community-based education network dedicated to challenging the HIV=AIDS hypotesis and the efficacy of HIV-based reatement protocols.

He is on the editorial board of the British AIDS publication, Continuum. Director of a communications consultancy firm and a frequent contributor to the gay press, he lives with his partner Wulf in Toronto and Banff, Alberta.


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

His work include:

  • The Male Muse (1973)
  • Son of the Male Muse (1983)
  • Sex Magick (1986)
  • The AIDS Dissidents: An Annotated Bibliography (1993)
  • The Stonewall Experiment: A Gay Psichohistory (1995)
  • The AIDS Cult: Essays on the Gay Health Crisis (1997)
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