David Rayside

Photograph of David Rayside
David M. Rayside teaches at University College, the University of Toronto, where he helped to create their Sexual Diversity Studies Programme (now the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies), the Committee on Homophobia and the Rainbow Triangle Alumni Association. He was an active member of the Right to Privacy Committee (RTPC) and a collective member of the Body Politic (Toronto), an early Canadian lesbian/gay newspaper.

Rayside, David. “Book reviews.” Journal of the History of Sexuality. 22(2) (May 2013): 362-364.

Review of Losing Control: Canada’s Social Conservatives in the Age of Rights. By Tom Warner. Toronto: Between the Lines, 2010.


Faith, politics, and sexual diversity in Canada and the United States / edited by David Rayside and Clyde Wilcox. Vancouver : UBC Press, 2011. 462 p. HQ76.3.C3 F34 2011

“A remarkable comparative study, this volume explores the interplay of sexual diversity and religious faith on both sides of the border. In examining the tenacity of anti-gay sentiment, as well as the dramatic shifts in public attitudes across all faith groups, these essays look at how interest group mobilization, political party ties to religious constituencies, court rulings, public policy, and debates over sexuality within faith communities have contributed to both conflict and bridge-building.” From publisher’s website

See also articles by Amy Langstaff, Samuel Reimer, Tina Fetner, Carrie B. Sanders, Jonathan Malloy, Roger Hutchinson, Solange Lefebvre, Jean-François Breton, Momin Rahman, Amir Hussain, Pamela Dickey Young and Richard Moon.

See: “The difference that a border makes: the political intersection of sexuality and religion in Canada and the United States.” by David Rayside and Clyde Wilcox, p.3-25.

See: “Cross-border parallels at the political intersection of sexuality and religion.” by David Rayside, p.357-373.

Publisher’s Synopsis


Rayside, David. “The distinctive centrality of marriage in the United States.”

In Same-Sex Marriage in the Americas: Policy Innovation for Same-Sex Relationships / edited by Jason Pierceson, Adriana Piatti-Crocker, and Shawn Schulenberg. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010.

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Rayside, David. “More than bricks and mortar: the never-ending surprise of University College.” IN Toronto. 5 (September 2010): 44-45.

Included are references to Douglas LePan (principal from 1964 to 1970), the first meeting of UTHA at UC, the Positive Space Committee and the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies

Rayside, David. “The Queer agenda on campus: Invisible? Stalled? Incomplete?” Academic Matters: OCUFA’s Journal of Higher Education, May 2010 [online version].

On including sexual orientation and gender identity into the employment equity agenda.


Rayside, David. Two pathways to revolution: the difference that context makes in Canada and the U.S.  p.202-209

In Who’s Your Daddy?: And Other Writings on Queer Parenting / edited by Rachel Epstein. Toronto : Sumach Press, c2009. HQ75.27 .W56 2009

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Rayside, David. Queer Inclusions, Continental Divisions: Public Recognition of Sexual Diversity in Canada and the United States. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, c2008.

Publisher’s Synopsis

See review by Patty Comeau “Continental divide.” Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide. 16(1) (Jan-Feb. 2009): 43-44.


Rayside, David. “Equity, diversity, and Canadian labour: a comparative perspective.”

In Equity, Diversity, and Canadian Labour / edited by Gerald Hunt and David Rayside. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, c2007. HD6524 .E78 2007

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Rayside, David. “Book reviews.” University of Toronto Quarterly. 74(1) (Winter 2004/2005): 521-522. Review of Don McLeod’s A Brief History of GAY, Canada’s First Gay Tabloid, 1964-1966.

Newhook, Tyrone. “Sexy nerds: University launches new centre.” Xtra! (Toronto). 195 (22 July 2004): ?

Interview with David Rayside and Maureen FitzGerald on the Centre For Sexual Diversity Studies, affiliated with the Sexual Diversity Studies program at University College.

Rayside, David. “The structuring of sexual minority activist opportunities in the political mainstream Britain, Canada, and the Untied States.” In Sexual Identities, Queer Politics. Edited by Mark Blasius. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2001.

Hunt, Gerald; Rayside, David. “The geo-politics of sexual diversity: measuring progress in the U. S., Canada and the Netherlands.” New Labor Forum. 8 (Spring/Summer 2001): 37-47. HD8051.N4

Rayside, David. “Kinsman, Gary.” p.230-231. In Who’s Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History: From World War II to the Present. Edited by Robert Aldrich and Garry Wotherspoon. London: Routledge, 2001.

See also his entries for Barry Adam, Maurice Flood, Gerald Hannon, Gary Kinsman, Tim McCaskell, Svend Robinson and others.

Hunt, Gerald; Rayside, David. “Labor union response to diversity in Canada and the United States.” Industrial Relations. 39(3) (July 2000): 401-444. HD6958.5 .I5

Cosgrove, Mark. “It’s gaining on him: history’s winning the battle.” Xtra! (Toronto). 404 (April 20, 2000): 20.

Rayside talks about his work within the community, as well as being an academic.


Rayside, David. “On the fringes of the new Europe: sexual diversity activism and the
labor movement.” p.206-237.

In Laboring for Rights: Unions and Sexual Diversity Across Nations. Edited by Gerald Hunt. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1999. HD6285 .L33 1999.

Publisher’s Synopsis

See review by Anne Forrest in Relations industrielles/Industrial Relations. 56(2) (Spring 2001): 437-439. HD8101 .R44
See review by Neil Thomlinson in Labour/le Travail. 48 (Fall 2001): 322-324. HD8101 .L22


Rayside, David M. On the Fringe: Gays and Lesbians in Politics. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1998. HQ76.8 .R39 1998

Publisher’s Synopsis

See interview by Althea Blackburn-Evans in Edge (University of Toronto). 4(2): ?, Fall 2003
See review by Didi Herman in Canadian Journal of Political Science. 32(1) (March 1999): 165-166. JA1 .C36
See review by Momin Rahman in Left History. 6(2): ?, Fall 1999.
See review by Gareth Kirkby in Quill and Quire. September 1998, p.60. Z487 .Q8
See review by Bert Archer in The Globe and Mail. June 6, 1998, p.D13.
See Abstract in The International Gay & Lesbian Review. 1999
See interview by Deanne Fisher, discussing this study, in Xtra! (Toronto). 336 (September 11, 1997): 19
See interview by Michah Rynor, discussing this study, in University of Toronto Bulletin. 51(2) (August 18, 1997): 3

Rayside, David. “The perils of Congressional politics.” Chapter 6. In Gay Rights, Military Wrongs: Political Perspectives on Lesbians and Gays in the Military. New York: Garland Pub., 1996.

Rayside, David M. ” Reviews: Rights of Passage by Didi Herman.” Canadian Journal of Political Science. 28(1) (March 1995): 140-141. JA1 .C36

Rayside, David. “Sexual diversity and the social sciences in English Canada.” International Journal of Canadian Studies. 10 (Fall 1994): 145-150. FC1 .I58

Rayside, David M. ” Reviews: Gays and the Military edited by Marc Wolinsky and Kenneth Sherrill.” Canadian Journal of Political Science. 27(1) (March 1994): 188-189. JA1 .C36

Rayside, David. “Disposable rights: progress but little power – so far.” University of Toronto Magazine. 22(1) (Autumn 1994): 48.

Rayside, David M. Openly-Gay and a Member of Congress: the Role and Impact of Representative Barney Frank. [Toronto]: Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, [1993]. 33 p.

Rayside, David M.; Lindquist, Evert A. “AIDS activism and the state in Canada.” Studies in Political Economy. 39 (Autumn 1992): 37-76. HB1 .S88

Rayside, David M.; Lindquist, Evert A. “Canada: community activism, federalism, and the new politics of disease.” p.49-98. In AIDS in the Industrialized Democracies: Passions, Politics, and Policies. Edited by David L. Kirp and Ronald Bayer. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press; New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1992. RA644.A25 A286 1992

Publisher’s Synopsis

Rayside, David M. “Homophobia, class and party in England.” Canadian Journal of Political Science. 25 (1) (March 1992): 121-149. JA1 .C36

Lindquist, Evert A.; Rayside, David M. “Federal AIDS policy for the 1990s: is it too early for ‘mainstreaming’ in Canada?” p.313-352. In How Ottawa Spends: The Politics of Competitiveness, 1992-93. Edited by Frances Abele. Ottawa: Carleton University Press, 1992. HJ7663 .H678 1993

Todd, David. “Hard truths: David Rayside’s latest projects uncover some uncomfortable facts” University of Toronto Bulletin. 45(3) (September 9, 1991): 7.

On his book A Small Town in Modern Times: Alexandria, Ontario, as well as his work with Evert Lindquist on AIDS policy in Canada.

Rayside, David. “Towards equality for lesbians and gay men.” University of Toronto Bulletin. February 26, 1990, p.20.

On the University of Toronto’s Committee on Homophobia.

Rayside, David; Bowler, Scott. “Public opinion and gay rights.” Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology. 25 (4) (November 1988): 649-660. HM1 .C36

Rayside, David. “Gay rights and family values: the passage of Bill 7 in Ontario.” Studies in Political Economy. 26 (Summer 1988): 109-147. HB1 .S88

Awards and Honours

2001 Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize


David Rayside’s entry on SDS’s Faculty Bios, Steering Committee homepage, or his department homepage