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Born and educated in Ontario, but based in Saskatchewan since 1971, Neil Richards (1949 - 2018) is an active participant in local, provincial and national gay organizations since the early 1970s. His activist work included participation in the Committee to Defend Doug Wilson in 1975, the organization of the 1976 convention of the National Gay Rights Coalition in Saskatoon, and many of the earliest AIDS awareness efforts in Saskatchewan. In conjunction with his work at the University of Saskatchewan Library, he produced many exhibitions and public events concerning AIDS and gay history and life.
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This collection dealing with cross-dressing as entertainment in Saskatchewan was assembled from 2002 to early 2004 by Neil Richards in connection with his exhibition All Frocked Up: Glimpses of Cross-dressing in Saskatchewan. The collection was intended to document and preserve the early development of gay drag in Saskatoon.
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