David Rayside

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David Morton Rayside (born 1947) is a Canadian academic and activist. He was a professor of political science at the University of Toronto until his retirement in 2013,[1] and was the director of the university's interdisciplinary program in sexual diversity studies from 2004 to 2008.[1]

Rayside joined the University of Toronto in 1974. He was a member of the Right to Privacy Committee, a committee formed in response to police raids on gay bathhouses,[1] The Body Politic, one of Canada's first and most influential LGBT magazines,[1] the Citizens' Independent Review of Police Activities, and the campaign to add sexual orientation to the Ontario Human Rights Code. He was also a cofounder of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Studies Association.


  • Alexandria: A Small Town in Modern Times (ISBN 0773508260), 1991
  • On the Fringe: Gays and Lesbians in Politics (ISBN 0801483743), 1998
  • Equity, Solidarity, and Canadian Labour, ed. Gerald Hunt and David Rayside (ISBN 0802086349), 2007
  • Queer Inclusions, Continental Divisions (ISBN 0802086292), 2008
  • Faith, Politics and Sexual Diversity in Canada and the United States, ed. David Rayside and Clyde Wilcox (ISBN 0774820097), 2011


  1. ^ a b c d "Symposium to honour David Rayside". Xtra!, February 27, 2013.

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