Portrait of Richard Hudler

Richard Hudler 1942 -

Born in the United States in 1942, Richard Hudler  is a social worker and an activist who has been working tirelessly to advocate for gay and lesbian rights since immigrating to Canada in 1971.

Working for 5 years in Goderich as a counsellor for the Ontario ministry of Community and Social Services, Hudler moved to London Ontario where he pursued a career as a social worker, entering private practice in 1985.

In 1980 Hudler joined the board of HALO, and starting in 1981, became the long serving board president. He represented HALO through the Project Guardian scandal with the local police, and in 1995 Hudler filed an official complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Commission against London Mayor Diane Haskett when she refused to issue a Gay Pride Proclamation.

An early member of the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Ontario, Hudler continues his activism through Queer Ontario, a provincial network of individuals — and their allies committed to questioning, challenging, and reforming the laws, institutional practices, and social norms that regulate queer people.

He has a BA (Roosevelt University, 1965) and a Master in Social Work (Wilfred Laurier University, 1978).