We would like to thank everyone who contacts the Calgary Gay History Project with history tidbits and recollections.
Last week, Kristopher and the Edmonton Queer History Project shared this Calgary advertisement which they discovered in the May 1983 issue of Fine Print in Edmonton. David’s was a gay bathhouse that opened that summer in the building which now houses Commonwealth Bar and Stage. David’s was located in the basement and later became the Underground Pub as part of The Warehouse nightclub upstairs. Calgary had three bathhouses at the time. Anecdotally, Stampede was one of the busiest (and hottest, to borrow from their ad-copy) times of the year. Yahoo!
The Calgary Gay History Project is taking a well-deserved break. We will be back in late June to celebrate international Pride Month and take stock of a decade’s work on local queer history.
In the meantime, you can check out some amazing queer history—just north of us—with the launch of the Edmonton Queer History Project this week. The project has links to self-directed walking tours, essays, podcasts and more. There are many historic connections between Calgary and Edmonton’s LGBTQ2 communities. The launch of the Edmonton Queer History Project is a development to celebrate; congratulations to all involved.
Happy New Year! The WordPress.com stats helper generated a 2014 annual report for the Calgary Gay History Project website. This was a record year for us.
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Also I would like to warmly thank the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation. I received a letter on January 2nd with the good news of a research grant that will support the book project as well as travel to Victoria, Vancouver and Saskatoon to visit their queer archives.
Finally, I would like to give a shout out to our colleagues to the North who are working on the Edmonton Queer History Project, and an exciting initiative this month to harvest their stories and archival materials.