Spotlight on YYC Gay History

It is with some excitement that we announce the Calgary Gay History Project getting a public profile boost this Autumn.

The short film, GROSS INDECENCY: THE EVERETT KLIPPERT STORYwe produced with director Laura O’Grady and Spotlight Productions, has been accepted into the Calgary International Film Festival (which opens tonight). It is screening three times, on September 22, 24, and 30. The latter being the “Best of Shorts” program at the festival – we are very honoured.

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Click the caption to watch the film on YouTube

Kevin Allen has been invited to be the very first Historian in Residence at the new Central Library opening downtown on November 1, 2018. It is a three-month community engagement residency that supports individual historians and researchers working in any genre related to Calgary’s social, cultural and built history.


The New Central Library

Kevin will be working in a bright, designated office space on the fourth floor of the new Central Library and will engage with the public through programs such as open office hours, interactive workshops, and lectures.

As part of the residency, Kevin will curate an exhibit at the Library which will be displayed in May 2019. The residency program is a partnership between the Calgary Public Library and the Calgary Heritage Authority.

If any Calgary Gay History Project readers have programming ideas for the residency, please email Kevin at

Enjoy the fall colours!


8 responses to “Spotlight on YYC Gay History

  1. Welcome back to Calgary Public Library, Kevin! What a great opportunity!!

  2. WONDERFUL news. Congratulations and all best wishes.

  3. Congratulations, Kevin! Pleasure meeting you for the first time at Calgary Pride in your booth after the Pride Parade. Again, Congratulations!

  4. Congratulations on your residency Kevin!!

  5. Katherine Griebel

    Hi Kevin,

    Thanks for the update. You and Laura should certainly be honoured for your endeavours. Also, congrats Kevin for your appointment at the Library. Perhaps you may be working with my sister-in-law, Rosemary Griebel. Have a great week.

    Blessings and love,

    Kathy Griebel

  6. Congratulations Kevin! Just super!



  7. Congratulations Kevin, on the film as well as the position at the new Library. I look forward to seeing you on the 22nd I think I just returned from a road trip to visit my friends & relatives on the” OTHER SIDE”

    Marlene sends her regards & also a picture of Roger Perkins at the Carousel opening night. We had so much fun talking about old times.

    See you soon, Lois

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