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May Gay, May Gay

The Calgary Gay History Project is connected to a fulsome month of historical happenings. We hope to see you out!

May 3, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Downtown Gay History Walk. We are leading a Jane’s Walk again this year. Meet up at CommunityWise, 223 12 Ave. SW for a stroll through Calgary’s LGBTQ2 history.

Downtown Gay History Walk Aug 31 2017

Spontaneous sidewalk photo with previous walk participants during Pride. Photo: Gary Evans, Full Frame Fotography.

May 9, 6:00 -10:00 PM – Adults Only Night @ Telus Spark: Beyond the Binary: What does a Drag Monarch, the bell curve and the universe have in common? Explore the answers to these headline questions through selected partners, programs and social experiments at Spark. The Calgary Gay History Project will be hosting an information table with artifacts from Calgary’s LGBTQ2 past.

May 14, 6:00 -7:30 PM – Decriminalization at 50. Join Calgary Gay History Project’s Tereasa Maillie, Kevin Allen, and special guests, as we explore the significance of May 14, 1969, and the life of Calgary bus driver Everett Klippert. The event will take place at the BMO room of the New Central Library, 800 3 Street SE. {Bonus: there is an exhibition titled Decriminalization at 50 on the 4th floor of the library during the month of May.}

May 14, 8:30 PM until late – After the library presentation, meet us for drinks and a screening of our award-winning short film, Gross Indecency: The Everett Klippert Story. The Calgary Gay History Project is hosting this decriminalization salon at Civic Tavern, 213 12 Avenue SW (the former Hop & Brew).

May 8 – June 9, the Lougheed House exhibits Outliers: Queer History in Calgary with a smorgasbord of events including notably a tribute to Club Carousel on May 17 and Parkside Pride on May 30.

Also at the library this month, the 21st Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival, runs May 24 – June 2. We’re told there will be some queer history in the festival line-up being announced later this week.


Finally, Our Past Matters had a number of media close-ups recently: on CBC Radio, in Avenue Magazine, and on The Calgarian Podcast. Thank you, everyone, who has been interested in the book and saying such heart-warming things. We’re truly grateful.



2 Gay History Presentations this week – bring walking shoes!

On Friday May 3rd from 5:30 – 7:00 PM, please join me at the Castell Central Library (616 Macleod Trail SE) for an encore presentation of Calgary’s Secret Gay History.  The presentation will be similar to the one I gave at CommunityWise on February 27th, but there will be some new material – as there have been new discoveries!

Come specifically to find out more about this:

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The library is asking people to register in advance for this talk (free), in order to gauge numbers.  As well there will be complimentary Wine & Cheese.  This presentation is part of a series called Heritage Matters and is a co-production between the Calgary Public Library and the Calgary Heritage Authority.

Then on Saturday May 4th, at 10 AM, I am leading a Calgary Gay History Jane’s Walk.  Expect the walk to take 90 minutes or so, and we will travel to significant historical gathering spots in the Beltline, beginning and ending at CommunityWise (the former Old Y, 233 12 Ave. SW).

Finally I need to do a few shout outs and thanks:

1) Terry MacKenzie from the Calgary Heritage Authority has been an incredible promoter and facebook provocateur for the project – thank you!

2) Third Street Theatre, Calgary’s new queer theatre company, is performing I Am My Own Wife, a historical play about German transvestite, Charlotte von Mahlsdorf.  The 2003 Pulitzer and Tony Award winning play has never been performed in Calgary, and Third Street does a bang-up job.  There are only a few more shows…

3) Thank you Laura Lushington and Avenue Magazine for profiling the project this week.

4) Thank you Paul Karchut, Director of CBC’s Calgary Eyeopener, for the engaging interview (we did an abbreviated Jane’s Walk together today).  The story can be heard online: here.

Hope to see you this weekend!