Amy Gottlieb

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Born1953 (age 70–71)
  • Queer activist
  • High school teacher
Years active1970-present
  • Peace movement
  • Civil rights movement

Amy Gottlieb (1953) is a Canadian queer activist and high school teacher. She was one of the organizers of the first Pride Toronto (then called Lesbian and Gay Pride Day) in 1981.[1] She was also an organizer of the Dykes on the Street March, organized by Lesbians Against the Right, which occurred in October of the same year.[2]


Amy Gottlieb was born in 1953. Since the early 1970s, she has been involved in socialist and feminist activism. Her political involvement started with the peace movement and the civil rights movement. She met her first lesbian lover in 1973 and soon began to dedicate herself to queer causes as well.[3] Since then, she has been an activist for numerous queer, Jewish, and artistic causes, including the Lesbian Organization of Toronto (LOOT), the Jewish Women's Committee to End the Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, and MIX: the Magazine of Artist-Run Culture.

In 2017, she published an essay discussing her experiences as an organizer of Toronto's first lesbian march titled "Toronto’s Unrecognized First Dyke March" in Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer (Coach House Books).[4]


  1. Kinsman, Gary; Gottlieb, Amy (July 6, 2016). "Black Lives Matter Toronto recaptures Pride's activist roots". CBC. Retrieved June 14, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. Gottlieb, Amy (June 21, 2018). "Queerly Reading: Toronto' Unrecognized First Dyke March". Coach House Books. Retrieved June 24, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "AMY GOTTLIEB (1953- )". The ArQuives: Canada's LGBTQ2+ Archives. Retrieved June 24, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. Chambers, Stephanie; Farrow, Jane; FitzGerald, Maureen; Jackson, Ed; Lorinc, John; McCaskell, Tim; Sheffield, Rebecka; Taylor, Tatum; Thawer, Rahim, eds. (2017). Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer. Toronto. ISBN 9781552453483.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)

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