Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Statue of Molly Wood, Canada's Gay Pioneer (Gone)

Alexander Wood was an early 19th century merchant and magistrate and, by all accounts, gay. In 2005 Toronto's gay community erected a bronze statue of a dapper-looking Wood, listing "gay pioneer" among his accomplishments. The statue was removed in April 2022 due to Wood's connection to Indian Mission Schools.

Northwest corner of Alexander and Church Sts. Four blocks west of the University of Toronto campus.
Statue was removed in April 2022.

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Alexander Wood statue.

Statue of Molly Wood, Canada's Gay Pioneer

This looks like a pretty standard statue, but the plaques tell interesting stories. Here is the most interesting one: A woman reported a rape to Magistrate Wood and said she scratched the perpetrator's private parts. Magistrate Wood did the due diligence of inspecting the private parts of the suspects. After all the trouble he went through, he was forced to flee Toronto for Scotland.

[Dan Kaplan, 11/17/2013]

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