Join the Calgary Gay History Project’s Matthew Gillespie on a walk through the Beltline from 10:30 AM – Noon. We will travel to significant historical gathering spots for the gay community in this inner city neighbourhood, including Calgary’s first gay bar, from 1968, Club Carousel.
Meet: CommunityWise (The Former Old Y) 223 12 Avenue SW
Originally from Montreal, Matt first got a glimpse of Calgary during a summer vacation in 1977 and returned in 1980 to work the summer laying carpet in Esso Plaza downtown. After university, he made the decision to go west for good in 1988. Matt has been active in the community thru Apollo Friends in Sports, Rocky Mountain Singers, Pride Calgary, GLCSA, One Voice Chorus and the Calgary Men’s Chorus.
The Calgary Gay History Project has been involved with Jane’s Walk since 2013 and the May walks have seen a great variety of weather conditions, including snow! Intrepid walkers came out regardless. Here is a photo montage of past walks.
Larger than a Calgary Pride Parade in the 90s perhaps?
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The Calgary Gay History Project is going to be subdued over the next four weeks. However, you can look forward to these Spring programming events.
Sunday, April 23rd 7 PM @ The Globe Cinema
We are partnering with the Calgary Underground Film Festival to present the WORLD PREMIERE
of THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN
. The film is about the celebrated author whose Tales of the City books were groundbreaking works of gay fiction. This series of nine books published between 1978 and 2014 mirrored developments in the gay rights movement across North America.
Sunday, May 7th, 10:30 AM @ Community Wise (The Old Y) 223 12 Ave. SW
Join the Calgary Gay History Project’s Matthew Gillespie on a walk through the Beltline. We will travel to significant historical gathering spots for the gay community in this inner city neighbourhood, including Calgary’s first gay bar, from 1968, Club Carousel. Everyone welcome.
Sunday, May 14th, 1:00 PM @ Knox United Church, 506 4 St SW
To celebrate Knox’s 10 year anniversary of being an affirming congregation in the United Church of Canada, the church is hosting a number events including a presentation on the history of the LGBTQ community and organized spirituality in Calgary. More details to come.
10th Anniversary Jane’s Walk
Knox United Front Doors
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Last week was busy with lots of Pride Programming throughout the City. One of our highlights was the Downtown Gay History Walk. We had a warm evening and an even warmer crowd of 60, who were keenly interested in hearing stories of our past. Our group had an interesting visual resonance with the first Pride Parade held 25 years ago in 1991.
Pride History Walk 2016, Photo: Tereasa Maillie
Calgary Pride Parade 1991, Photo: Luke Shwart
Then on Friday the Calgary Herald published a Pride article putting the Calgary Gay History Project front and centre (thank you Val Fortney). After doing a phone interview, Val asked if they could send out a Herald photographer (ummm…). Thankfully photographer, Elizabeth Cameron, was professional and kind.
Calgary Gay History Project’s Kevin Allen at CommunityWise, Photo Elizabeth Cameron/Calgary Herald
And finally, Parade day – we were worried about the weather, but it proved to be less cool than we thought, and the sun even came out in the Pride Festival grounds that afternoon. We ran out of our historical button reproductions, and talked to hundreds of interested festival-goers about why Our Past Matters.
Historic Button Reproductions that were given away at 2016 Pride
Project Volunteers, Ayanna Smart & Kevin Allen, Sept 4, 2016.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by. We appreciated the comments, questions, donations and kind words. We are looking forward to Pride 2017 already!
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