Tag Archives: Gay history

Marking May 14th

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.

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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.

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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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Our Past Matters Book Launch

November has been a whirlwind of activity! The Calgary Gay History Project went to Winnipeg this week to see the book, Our Past Matters: Stories of Gay Calgary in production. Chris Young from Prolific.ca gave author, Kevin Allen, and some local family members a tour of their amazing facility.

This book, which has been four years in the making, will be having its public debut at the New Central Library, 800 3 St. SE. At 7 PM, on Thursday, November 22nd come meet the Library’s Historian in Residence for a book reading and short film presentation. Our Past Matters: Stories of Gay Calgary will be available for purchase for $25.

Here is a photo essay from the past two weeks:

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Kevin’s portrait and bio are mounted on the wall outside his office at the New Central Library. Friends start texting him selfies with the sign. The portrait was shot by Calgary’s own photography talent, Kelly Hofer.

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52,000 people visited the Calgary Public Library in its opening weekend. Kevin as the first Historian in Residence celebrates with one of those visitors, his long-time friend Michelle Wong.

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Kevin travels to Winnipeg (with his mom) to see Our Past Matters in production. A metal press is made of the book cover and then sent to the offset printer.

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Kevin signs off on the proof.

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Kevin with Chris from Prolific.ca and the finished book cover – hard to believe it is actually real!

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A visit to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and looking at a winter-swept Winnipeg from the impressive tower of hope – a pride sidewalk can be seen – a good omen for the book launch in Calgary.

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On sale soon – see you at the book launch 11/22.

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Award at CIFF and cover art sneak peak

We are over the moon. On September 30th, we learned that our film, Gross Indecency the Everett Klippert story won the Best Alberta Short award at the Calgary International Film Festival. Congratulations are due to the talented director, Laura O’Grady and Spotlight Productions for making this film.

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Our film gets laurels at CIFF

 

The long-awaited book Kevin has been working on is almost complete. The content is done and it is in the design phase. Here is a sneak peak of the cover, a woodcut by the accomplished Calgary artist, Lisa Brawn. It is her take on the iconic Club Carousel logo.

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Our Past Matters: Stories of Gay Calgary should be on sale November 21st – we are much looking forward to sharing it with you.

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