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When I was young, I fancied myself a progressive and was involved in student politics at Carleton University. Thinking back to this period, how essentialist I was, but how much fun I had.

It wasn’t a fun period for everyone at the time; after all, it was the 80s – the “closet door” for many LGBT people was slowly inching open, but too often they were met with incredible resistance. Intolerance. Homophobia (which wasn’t even a word at the time) Hate. Fear. The crisis of AIDS. Death. I look back to this time and my friends in student politics, one by one, seemed to find each other and found the strength to come out.

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