Happy Pride Calgary!
Today, Global Television airs Brave Beginnings of Calgary Pride and the Gay Rights Movement, as part of their Pride 2019 programming. A part of Club Carousel still exists! Thank you, Jill Croteau, for embracing yycgayhistory (and maybe saving that wall)…
Club Carousel Founder Lois Szabo back at 1207 1 St. SW!
Last week we wrote incorrect dates for this weekend. The upcoming Calgary Gay History Project events are:
Saturday, August 31st:
12:00-4:00 PM – Join author Kevin Allen for a book signing of Our Past Matters Stories of Gay Calgary at Chapters-Indigo Dalhousie or just stop by to say, “hi.”
Sunday, September 1st:
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Pride in the Park. After the parade, stop by the Calgary Gay History Project’s History Booth. Share your own stories and learn more about Calgary’s LGBTQ2 Past.
Jeremy Klaszus, editor and founder of The Sprawl, invited us to write an essay about gay history. We used the opportunity to mark the 50th anniversary of Bill C-150, the decriminalization of homosexuality coming into force, and the Calgarian who precipitated it, Everett Klippert. You can read it: here. After reading the essay, CBC Radio requested a live radio interview about the anniversary too.
Consider being a Sprawl supporter yourself – pop-up journalism may be a unique model for news, but the Sprawl has an impressive track record of insightful and meaningful local reportage. We love it.
Another highlight of the week was RISE. The audience at the Plaza Theatre was honoured and moved by the passionate recollections of two heroes from the gay rights movement, Ruth Coker Burks and Cleve Jones. Afterward one Calgarian exclaimed: “It was one of the most inspirational evenings I have ever attended.” I was very grateful to have MCed the event, which was manifested by Twisted Element’s Keon Brawn. Thank you, Keon, for showing the community such inspired leadership.
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We are proud that our award-winning short film, Gross Indecency: The Everett Klippert Story has been seen at 36,000 feet on Air Canada flights recently. If you have not seen it: here is a link.
The Calgarian is a new podcast, produced by freelance journalist Taylor Lambert, featuring in-depth interviews with notable, creative and interesting people in Calgary. Last month, Kevin Allen and the Calgary Gay History Project were featured (episode #7). It was a wide-ranging discussion from politics to book publishing to chicken-crossing-the-road jokes.
Kevin Allen in-studio at the new Central Library with Taylor Lambert, for The Calgarian Podcast
Finally, it is the last week of ROAR at the Lougheed House. Their queer programming has been exceptional, and the current Outliers exhibit, curated by the Calgary Queer Arts Society is a must-see if you are interested in gay history. Sunday, June 9th is Outliers’ final day.
Eleven weeks of Queer Programming at Lougheed House ends June 9th.
After a busy May, full of Calgary Gay History events, we are having a quiet June. Look for new gay history posts in July. Enjoy these long days while we have them!
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Tagged bisexual, Everett Klippert, gay, gross indecency, lesbian, Lougheed House, queer, ROAR, Taylor Lambert, The Calgarian, transgender
You are warmly invited to attend our event Decriminalization at 50 at the Central Library, Tuesday, May 14, at 6 PM. We are bringing together local historians, artists, and gay elders to speak to this day in history when 50 years ago Bill C-150 was passed in the House of Commons.
Meeting in the BMO room (level 0) from 6:00-7:30 PM.
This anniversary has spawned a new loonie, a new film, a national touring exhibition, and a backlash movement called anti-69, which argues that the 1969 decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada is a myth. On Tuesday, we will explore the tenor of this debate as well as recount the life of Calgarian, Everett Klippert, whose court case was central to this legislation.
Civic Tavern is at 213 12 Ave. SW. Film Screening at 9:00 PM.
After the library, we are decamping to Civic Tavern at 8:30 PM, for refreshments, conversation, and a film screening of Gross Indecency: The Everett Klippert Story, our award-winning short film about the man, who spent much of the 1960s in jail, because of his sexual orientation.
Please join us!
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Tagged anti-69, Bill C-150, bisexual, Everett Klippert, gay, Gay history, gross indecency, lesbian, loonie, queer, transgender