A settlement between the Toronto Police Service and a group of lesbians who sued them over a 2000 bathhouse raid became official yesterday, after it was approved by an Ontario Superior Court judge. The agreement calls for current and future Toronto police officers to be given gay and lesbian sensitivity training as well as the payment of $350,000 to cover the complainants' legal fees and some specific charities designated by them.
On Sept. 14, 2000, several police officers raided a special event known as the Pussy Palace, a lesbian bathhouse, in which 355 scantily clad women were gathered. When the party was in full swing, two female police officers first slipped inside to check for possible liquor violations, then quickly summoned five male officers.
The Toronto Women's Bathhouse Committee launched a human-rights complaint, and several of its members also initiated a $1.5-million class-action lawsuit.