This photos of the murals were taken in 2014. I will be checking out the murals this year.
February 5, 2016, marks the 35th anniversary of Toronto’s infamous Bathhouse Raids, the catalyst for Pride in our city.
At 11PM on February 5, 1981, 150 plain clothed and uniformed Metro Toronto police officers, carrying crowbars and sledgehammers, in an act of violence staged raids of four bathhouses. The raids on The Club Baths, The Romans II Health and Recreation Spa, The Barracks and The Richmond Street Emporium were a culmination of a 6-month undercover operation by police known as “Operation Soap,” a deliberate and organized campaign to push gay bathhouses out of business and silence gay voices. Police verbally and physically abused patrons and staff, inflicting thousands of dollars in property damage to the premises. There were 289 arrests of those present, under “bawdy house” laws, on charges of prostitution and indecency. The extent of arrests would not be seen in Canada again until the G20 summit protests in 2010.
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