Truxx Police Raid
The Truxx Police Raid is a police raid that happened on the night of October 21, 1977, at the Truxx Bar in Montréal (Québec), Canada. This bar was frequented by homosexuals.
On October 21st, 1977, the Truxx Bar became the target of a homophobic police raid. That night, more than 50 plainclothes police officers arrested more than 200 patrons of the bar, charging over 140 men for public indecency.. This was the largest mass arrest since the October Crisis, in which the War Measurers Act allowed the police to arrest and detain people without formal charges.
In a matter of hours, over two thousand people congregated on the corner of rue Stanley and rue Ste. Catherine, determined to reclaim their space. Protesters were united in opposition to the countless experiences of harassment and repression at the hands of the police, who responded aggressively by assaulting demonstrators, leading to even further arrests. The raid and ensuing protests represented a critical shift in the public image and perception of gays and lesbians in Québecois. The massive community response and disapproval of the brutal tactics employed by the Montréal police provided irrefutable proof that the time had come for gays and lesbians to be protected under the law and bestowed their human rights.
Following the protest, the Assemblée nationale du Québec adopted Law 88, which forbid discrimination based on sexual orientation. This mesure distinguished Québec as the first Canadian province and first jurisdiction to condemn sexual orientation based discrimination. Despite the modification of the Charte québécoise des droit et libertés de la personne (Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms), police officers continued to harass marginalized members of the LGBT community, citing the Canadian criminal code in place of the Québec Charter. The Sex Garage Police Raid in 1990 bears witness to the continued efforts of police repression
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- "Rafles contre la communauté gaie: Montréal et le SPVM invités à s'excuser | Pierre-André Normandin | Montréal". La Presse (in français). 2017-08-10. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
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