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FLASHBACK: Police Raid An All-Female Party At A Toronto Bathhouse (September 14, 2000)

September 14, 2000: Today in LGBTQ+ history…

On September 14, 2000, six police officers raided the Club Toronto bathhouse during Pussy Palace, a women’s bathhouse event organized by the Toronto Women’s Bathhouse Committee.

It was the second anniversary of the Women’s Bath House event and about 350 women were in attendance that night, many of whom were naked when the male officers entered the building. No charges were laid against customers, although police recorded the names of 10 women, and two organizers, Rachael Aitcheson and J.P. Hornick, were charged under the bawdy house law.

In 2002, an Ontario provincial court judge ruled that police had been wrong to raid the party.

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