JOHN ALAN LEE Born August 24, 1933, died December 5, 2013. Orphan in care of the Children's Aid Society Of Toronto until 1954. Ex-husband of Jean E. Lee, father of Peter and Ruth, grandfather of Laura, Alice and Stella. Graduated University of Toronto 1956; factory worker, trade union staffer, journalist. Socialist from age 17, lived 15 years in communes. Guest of Communist Youth in the new China, 1956. Member of Toronto Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) since 1964; trained in civil disobedience at Grindstone Island. D. Phil (Sociology) 1971 at Sussex, invented social psychology of romantic lovestyles. Assistant Professor at U of T 1971-99, published 300 scholarly articles, popular articles and books. Undercover gay activist from 1964, first gay male professional to go public on TV - February 14, 1974. Over 50 TV appearances. Organized 3-day sit-in for gay rights, at Ontario Attorney General's office, 1981 and "kiss-in" at Legislature. Founding member Centre for Human Freedom and Sexuality, activist member of Dying with Dignity. He made life an adventure. Leaves his beloved son and friend Peter, longtime friends Allan Millard and Prof. Johanna Stuckey and other wonderfully loyal friends. Autobiography: www.johnalanlee.ca A Memorial Meeting will be held at 2 p.m., January 10th, at Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave., under the care of Toronto Monthly Meeting, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Donations in lieu of flowers, to the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives www.clga.ca
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Published in the Toronto Star on Dec. 14, 2013