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Klippert back in the news 50 years later

This has been quite a week in gay history. The Prime Minister’s Office promised a posthumous pardon for approximately 6000 men who were arrested and charged with gross indecency or buggery for consensual sexual acts between men in prior decades.

This was initiated by John Ibbitson’s in-depth review of Everett Klippert’s famous court cases published in the Globe and Mail last weekend, including the first ever published photos of Everett. The Calgary Gay History Project was proud to have supported that article through research findings and interviews.

The news set off a mini-storm of media interview requests locally. Calgary Gay History Project representatives Kevin Allen and Jonathan Brower, also of Third Street Theatre, were kept busy for days.

Jonathan at CBC

Jonathan Brower, interviewed twice at CBC in one day, February 29 2016

Here are some links to the highlights:

John Ibbitson’s breaking the news of the PMO pardon in the Globe and Mail.

CTV National coverage of the story.

Calgary Sun editorial, seeking a local response to the injustices of the past.

CBC Calgary interview on the Eye Opener.

Edmonton Journal editorial in support of a Klippert pardon.

Comment from a NWT Legislator.

Toronto Star editorial in support of pardons for gay men.

John Ibbitson’s follow up article about the speed of change in Canadian society.

We are truly grateful that this injustice has finally come to light in such a public arena. Journalists can change the world!





Cabaret Update and CBC Radio Interview

The Club Carousel Cabaret is sold out!  I went to the dress rehearsal a couple of days ago, and for the lucky people who have tickets, it will be a treat – in fact – I found it very moving.

The Calgary Gay History Project and Third Street Theatre have been getting a lot of media attention in regard to the cabaret.  Perhaps the most heartfelt interview to date was on CBC Calgary’s Homestretch with host Doug Dirks.  It was a 10 minute interview was with Lois Szabo, Club Carousel Founder and Kevin Allen from the Calgary Gay History project, on what life was like for gay people in the 60s. Here is an audio link: Calgary’s First Gay Nightclub, Jan 27, 2014.

Lois will be my special guest on a history panel discussion at the Cabaret, along with Calgary filmmaker, Michelle Wong, and Fairy Tales Executive Director, James Demers.

Issue of Club Carousel Capers from exactly 40 years ago.

Issue of Club Carousel Capers from exactly 40 years ago.

Club Carousel was the foundation of an organized gay community in Calgary and we owe those brave volunteers who founded and operated the club a great amount of respect and gratitude.  The Cabaret tonight is a gesture in this regard – thank you elders!


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!