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YYC Gay History Busting Out Everywhere

It seems you cannot swing a purse these days without hitting someone working with Calgary’s gay history – we think it’s fabulous…

Yesterday, we were interviewed for a queer history documentary project as part of the Fairy Tales Youth Queer Media Program. Tonight, we are at the University of Calgary as part of a public history discussion for the Bow River Graduate History Conference. Tomorrow, we are in East Village’s Loft 112 for the next chapter of It’s Getting Drafty In Here – hope to see you there!

The Calgary Gay History research collective is tossing around other programming ideas for this spring – stay tuned to this website for developments. You might be happy to note our Jane’s Walk is back in 2016. Please join us Saturday, May 7th at 10 AM for the Beltline Gay History Walk. If you have missed earlier iterations of the walk, then we hope you will be able to join us (hopefully it will not snow again on us as it did in 2014)!

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May 2014 Jane’s Walk – we had an intrepid crew of 15 walkers, despite snow.  Photo: Michael Wright 

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Calgary Gay History Project News

It is a busy time in Calgary for queer events and happenings.  You can catch the end of the Fairytales Queer Film Festival this weekend as well as Third Street Theatre’s Stars of the Stage and Screen Gala.

One Voice Chorus, whom we partnered earlier this year to present the Club Carousel Cabaret has a concert coming up featuring a local Gay-Straight Alliance – topical given recent history in Alberta! Rainbow Connections: A Pride Concert will be held on Sunday, June 7th at 3 PM.

Close on the heels of the Third Street Gala is Calgary’s Outlink’s Glitter Gala on June 13th. The Calgary Gay History Project has been invited to participate for a second year. Our researcher, Tereasa Maillie, will be exploring the history of YYC Pride in a short presentation.

We are planning a couple of research trips as well.  Kevin Allen will be on the West Coast again (Victoria and Vancouver) from June 14-18 to gather more interviews for the project. If you or some one you know has a Calgary gay history to share, please contact us.  We also are tentatively planning a trip to Saskatoon (and Regina?) in the first week of August, to check out the Neil Richards Collection of Sexual and Gender Diversity at the University of Saskatchewan.  Again, if there are any former Calgarians in Saskatchewan whom you know, please have them get in touch with us.

Now that the Provincial election has concluded, stay tuned to the website for weekly history vignettes, and updates to the project.

Have a great summer!

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Back in the Saddle

We are back to regular posting after a hiatus with Kevin running the municipal elections in Fernie, BC.  It seems it is post-secondary week at the Calgary Gay History Project with research and presentations at SAIT, Mount Royal and U of C.

Today there is a public presentation at 12:30 PM with the Pride Centre at Mount Royal University. Everyone is welcome.

A special thanks this week, to Gene Rodman, a former CJSW DJ, who donated some of his personal papers to our archives along with his cassette collection of CGAY91 and Freedom FM shows he did with colleague Craig Lewington in the mid-90s.

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Also thank you to Neil McMullen, who we interviewed this week, and took notes on his recollections of Calgary’s former Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) that existed in the 80s.

Finally, catch if you can the Calgary Cinematheque and Fairy Tales’ presentation of Portrait of Jason (from 1967) tonight at the Plaza Theatre, 7 PM.

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