"Cable 10%" (renamed "10%-Qtv" in 1997) premiered on Rogers Community Television in Toronto in the fall of 1995, and aired for six seasons in southern and eastern Ontario... from London to Ottawa, Toronto to Collingwood, and two million homes in between.
Although the title of Canada's first regularly scheduled "gay TV" program goes to "Coming Out" (1972-73, Toronto), 10% is notable for the sheer number and range of segments it aired. More than 100 episodes and almost a thousand stories - produced entirely by volunteers! - gave voice to the many facets of the queer community, and encouraged respect, understanding and tolerance for queer people and their issues in all its audience.
Summaries of every episode are available in this archive of the 10% web site, as are pictures from the last season and 10%'s Toronto Pride Parade specials. Also interesting is the selection of viewer feedback from over the years, conveying everything from heartfelt appreciation to vehement hate for what was - even at the time - a rare presentation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered lives on television.
Below, 10%-Qtv's "farewell" home page message and photo montage.
Episode catalog | Viewer feedback
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