Fonds MS-15-11 - Ron and Bryan Garnett-Doucette fonds

Gay Fathers of Toronto press release Gay Fathers of Toronto news release

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Ron and Bryan Garnett-Doucette fonds

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MS-15-11

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  • 1972-1996 (Creation)
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    Garnett-Doucette, Ron
  • 1972-1996 (Creation)
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    Garnett-Doucette, Bryan

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46 cm of textual records

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(ca. 1963 -)

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Ron Garnett-Doucette is an LGBTQ+ activist from Saint John, New Brunswick. Garnett-Doucette graduated from Simond's High School in 1981, and moved to Halifax in 1984 to be with his partner, Bryan Garnett-Doucette, who he met through a Halifax-based LGBT billeting service. In celebration of their ten year anniversary in 1994, Ron and Bryan changed their last names to Garnett-Doucette. Ron and Bryan were one of the three couples who, in 2004, challenged the Province of Nova Scotia for recognition of same-sex marriage. They won this case on September 24, 2004, and were legally married on June 4, 2005. In addition to this legal challenge, Ron was a member of the Gay Alliance for Equality/Gay and Lesbian Association of Nova Scotia [GAE/GALA] from the early 80s until it's closure in 1995, and was a volunteer for the GayLine, a helpline run by GAE/GALA. He was also a resource person for PFLAG from 1994 - 2008.

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(ca. 1955)

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Bryan Garnett-Doucette was raised in Saint John, New Brunswick, before moving to Halifax in 1976. He was a member of the Gay Alliance for Equality/Gay and Lesbian Association of Nova Scotia [GAE/GALA], serving as Treasurer and Secretary at different times in the late 1970s. He volunteered with GayLine, a helpline for LGBT+ Nova Scotians, for over 20 years. Garnett-Doucette met his partner, Ron, in the early 1980s through an LGBT billeting service, and they moved in together in 1984. In recognition of their ten year anniversary in 1994, they changed their last names to Garnett-Doucette. Ron and Bryan were one of the three couples who, in 2004, challenged the Province of Nova Scotia for recognition of same-sex marriage. They won this case on September 24, 2004, and were legally married on June 4, 2005.

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Fonds primarily contains records of the GayLine a phone helpline for LGBT Nova Scotians funding by GAE/GALA that operated between 1972-1996. In 1994 the name was changed to the Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Line.
Fonds contains three series; one containing administrative and financial records, one containing recruitment and training materials, and one containing reference materials for volunteers. Materials include monthly and annual reports; meeting minutes; call logs and templates; staff notebooks; correspondence; pamphlets; volunteer training session materials, application forms and guidelines; flyers; legal briefs and resources; newsletters; essays; bibliographies; and directories.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], GALA collection, MS-15-3, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Final

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