Charges laid

Police announced Liquor Licence Act charges against two Pussy Palace organizers late on Oct 6 – that’s the Friday that began the long Thanksgiving weekend, a three-day holiday when the women’s lawyer was out of town.

“I am advised by Det Wilson that he has laid charges against the permit holders of the special occasion permit for that event,” says Supt Bill Blair, head of Toronto Police corporate communications.

“We’ll not be releasing the names of the persons charged or the nature of the charges that have been laid.”

Det David Wilson is the plainclothes detective at 52 Division who led the visit to the Pussy Palace in the wee hours of Sep 15 at Club Toronto, a bathhouse. Five officers spent more than an hour at the event on what they called a routine liquor licence visit.

Says Blair: “I know the community’s very concerned…. I imagine this is going to cause a bit of an upset.”

Pussy Palace lawyer Frank Addario says he’s still not received the paperwork.

But Addario says the charges break down like this:

Three counts of disorderly conduct

One count of failing to provide sufficient security

One count of serving liquor outside prescribed area

One count of serving liquor outside prescribed hours.

Addario says the two women who signed the one-night-only liquor permit will not plead guilty. “They’re not in any way feeling ashamed of what they did.”

He won’t identify the women or give details about his legal strategy, but says there’ll be a constitutional fight at the provincial offences court trial (expected in 2001). He also says every bit of evidence will be questioned and fought.

The Liquor Licence Act’s top fine is $25,000.

Keep Reading

Job discrimination against trans and non-binary people is alive and well

OPINION: A study reveals that we have a long way to go to reach workplace equality for trans and non-binary people

The new generation of gay Conservative sellouts

OPINION: Melissa Lantsman’s and Eric Duncan’s refusals to call out their party’s transphobia is a betrayal of the LGBTQ2S+ community

Over 300 anti-LGBTQ2S+ bills have been introduced this year. This doesn’t mean we should panic

OPINION: While it’s important to watch out for threats, not all threats are created equally. Some of these bills will die a natural death

Xtra’s top LGBTQ2S+ stories of the year

The best and brightest—even most bewildering—stories from a back catalogue brimming with insight