Edmonton Queer History Project

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Pisces Bathhouse Raid: Edmonton’s Stonewall (May 20, 1981)

Do You have a story or photos about the Pisces Raid? Email it to: edmontonqueerhistoryproject@gmail.com and we will add it to the project website!

May 20, 1981: Pisces Health Spa in Edmonton, Alberta is raided by the City of Edmonton Police after a lengthly undercover investigation by the then called Morality Control Unit. Many of the 56 men police arrested eventually pleaded guilty, despite the fact that there was no evidence to suggest prostitutes were working in the spa, nor that minors were enticed to enter. Undercover police officers had acted as patrons of the Pisces Health Spa. A letter written by then Morality Control Unit Staff Sgt. J.W. Torgerson stated “For policemen…to associate with members of the ‘gay’ community on equal basis is worthy of note. Not only did they associate with these individuals, but also were subjected to sexual advances as well as observing personally revolting acts such as fellation and anal intercourse between males, (and)lastly, being recognized and treated as a gay person by members of the spa”.

Sources:

http://books.google.ca/books?id=mdo-95q2EYgC&pg=PA112&lpg=PA112&dq=pisces+raid+edmonton&source=bl&ots=Vxr_z1sUkD&sig=OyE-2M5FxGa4mB8n3l3k6Wu6Om0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=daXFU_7cK-SbjALevoHgBg&ved=0CDMQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=pisces%20raid%20edmonton&f=false

Do You have a story or photos about the Pisces Raid? Email it to: edmontonqueerhistoryproject@gmail.com and we will add it to the documentation!