The Murder of Joe Rose

The Murder of Joe Rose

By Kristi Lee | Canadian True Crime

QUEBEC | In 1989, 23-year-old Joe Rose and a friend boarded a Montreal bus home in the early morning hours. What happened next would be described as a turning point for the LGBTQ+ rights movement in Quebec.

Recommended resources for further reading:

Prejudice to pride: The forgotten murder of Joe Rose, by Richard Burnett, special to the Montreal Gazette

Sex Garage raid a turning point in Montreal’s LGBT activism by Richard Burnett, special to the Montreal Gazette

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People living with HIV in Canada: infographic [PDF]

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Research and 2SLGBTQIA+ content advise: Eliot Newton / Genderbandit

Writing: Kristi Lee

Audio editing and production: We Talk of Dreams

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Theme Song: We Talk of Dreams

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