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Rich North (1951- ) & Chris Vogel (1947- )



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Rich North (1951- ) & Chris Vogel (1947- )


In 1972 Chris Vogel and Rich North met at the University of Manitoba and together joined Gays for Equality (GFE). They tried to become legally married in 1974, however the church ceremony was disallowed by the Manitoba courts.

In the mid-1970's Chris became treasurer of GFE, a position he has held in its successor organizations. During that time Rich worked organizing the National Gay Conference. It was at this conference that Winnipeg's first gay march and pride week took place. In the later 1970's and into the early 1990's Rich became involved in broadcasting, first with 'GaysWeek' on radio and later with 'Coming Out' on cable T.V.

In 1982, on behalf of GFE, Rich and Chris founded the Oscar Wilde Memorial Society, a restaurant and bar located within Winnipeg's gay community centre. The funds generated by this enterprise helped fund Winnipeg's gay/lesbian health clinic, Manitoba's Gay/Lesbian Legal Defence Fund and several other groups and activities. Chris became its first Treasurer and, after twenty years, continues in that position. In addition Chris founded and continues to chair Manitoba's Gay and Lesbian Archive. (2002 Induction Statement)

Leur cérémonie religieuse en 1974 pour se marier légalement fut désavouée par les tribunaux du Manitoba; Chris et Rich se sont engagés dans GFE, la première semaine et marche de la fierté gaie à Winnipeg, et dans la radio-télédiffusion gaie; fondateurs de Oscar Wilde Memorial Society, un restaurant-bar qui a servi à financer le Fonds d'aide juridique pour les gais et lesbiennes du Manitoba et plusieurs autres groupes et activités.


Rosey Goodman


Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives




Medium: black and white photograph

Dimensions: 32.5 x 25 cm (W x H)




Rosey Goodman, “Rich North (1951- ) & Chris Vogel (1947- ),” The ArQuives Digital Exhibitions, accessed September 24, 2023,