This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Calgary Gay History Project. Phew, it feels like we have done a lot, but we couldn’t have done it without ongoing community support and encouragement—thank you!
The Project is powered by volunteers who do this research off the side of their desks. Consequently, I’m happy to introduce a new research volunteer, Sheldon Cannon, who is exploring the history of the Goliath’s Bathhouse raid in Calgary.
The raid is also having an anniversary—it’s been 20 years—and Sheldon will be writing a series of blog posts to explore the raid’s impact on the city’s queer history. In addition to archival research, Sheldon is interviewing people who were present during the raid and community members who have memories of the event to share. Covid-willing, we hope to have a public presentation about the raid sometime this year.
Sheldon is a medical student with a background in science and an interest in history, politics, and anthropology. Raised in rural Saskatchewan and having completed his BSc in Physiology at the University of Alberta, he is a prairie boy through and through. Having dipped his toe into history as a teenager on his local museum board, it was a workshop with Edmonton’s premiere queer historian Darrin Hagen that got him interested in gay history specifically. He discovered the Calgary Gay History Project through their video on Everett Klippert after finding out Everett was born in Sheldon’s hometown. Sheldon’s project on the 2002 Goliath’s Bathhouse raid seeks to explore our community’s ever-changing relationship with police and how physical spaces (or lack thereof) impact gay life. Outside of history, Sheldon also assists in medical research and endeavours to develop his artistic side as a beginner dancer and acrobat.
UNDETECTABLE was featured earlier this month at the LGBT Toronto Film Festival where it won the audience award for best short film.
UNDETECTABLE is a TELUS Original documentary and was produced with the assistance of the Government of Alberta, the Alberta Media Fund and Calgary Arts Development, in collaboration with the Calgary Gay History Project.
Since 2006, the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival has presented essential documentaries that are thought-provoking and move social justice forward. As part of their justREEL series, they are featuring the recent Canadian doc, Sex, Sin & 69, which explores the human rights trajectory of the LGBTQ2 community using the 1969 Federal Bill C-150 as a pivot point.
Bill C-150 modernized the Canadian Criminal Code and was in response to Calgarian Everett Klippert’s Supreme Court case. Kevin Allen, who has written extensively about Everett, will be doing a post-screening queer history chat with the Film Festival’s Lily Cai.
This screening is online and free, but you need to reserve a ticket. Join us on Tuesday, June 8th—the screening window will be from 5:30 PM-midnight!