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Formation of the Workgroup

In 2000, a PhD student at McGill, Stephen Déry, noticed several homophobic incidents which included the ripping down of a huge number of posters advertising a gay dance on campus as well as an assault of a gay McGill student (just off campus). Because he was a student member of the McGill Senate and the McGill Joint Senate/Board Committee on Equity (JSBCE), he was able to request that the JSBCE set up an ad hoc “Workgroup on Homophobia at McGill”. This was agreed by the JSBCE on November 22, 2000.