The Calgary Gay History Project would like to give a shout out and goodbye to Jonathan Brower, a long-time volunteer with the project, whose special interest in Calgary’s queer theatre history was an important aspect of our work. Not only has his local queer theatre company, Third Street Theatre, commission the play 69, by playwright Natalie Meisner, but we just picked up two boxes of archival materials he has gathered referencing this ground breaking art form in our city. We admire and respect all of his contributions to Calgary and send him and his partner our best wishes for this new chapter of their lives.
Pride Week is coming up quickly and the Calgary Gay History Project will be offering two gay history walks during the “queerstravaganza” this year. One route will be through Downtown Calgary and the other at the University of Calgary. We are in initial talks to be involved in more Pride Happenings at the moment and will keep you posted via this website.
Thursday, Sept. 1st
7:00-8:30 PM Downtown Gay History Walking Tour
Join the Calgary Gay History Project’s Kevin Allen on a walk through the city centre. We will highlight significant political and social events that affected the gay community. On the way we will pass by several historical watering holes where gays and lesbians gathered. Everyone welcome.
Meet: CommunityWise (The Former Old Y) 223 12 Avenue SW
Saturday, Sept. 3rd
3:00 – 4:15 PM University of Calgary Gay History Tour
Join University Alumnus, Kevin Allen, as he explores the University’s role in the emancipation of the LGBTQ community in Calgary. Combining personal reflections with historical references, the tour was a hit at this year’s academic conference, Congress.
Meet: Q Centre: 2nd Floor. Old MacEwan Hall, University of Calgary.
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We have new summer reading material, thanks to Neil Richards who gave us a parting gift of a 1968 gay pulp novel, which was a duplicate in their archive. Everyone in Saskatoon during last week’s gay history research trip was exceedingly helpful, and the amount of Calgary materials in these archives are a testament to the closeness and cross-pollination between gay communities on the Prairies.
If you are in Calgary next weekend you should check out the Human RITES conference, an exploration of faith and identity, April 29-May 1. Conference organizer, Pam Rocker, explains that Human RITES was created because of the recognition that religion, in a broader sense, still actively marginalizes LGBTQ people. The conference goal is to create a space where people can discuss religion, identity and sexuality comfortably and respectfully.
Highlights include, an evening with Rae Spoon, singer/songwriter/author, workshops with writer/speaker Brandan Robertson and a reading of ‘oblivion’ by local playwright Jonathan Brower (he also is a researcher & collaborator with the Calgary Gay History Project).
Finally, we are looking forward to our upcoming Beltline Gay History Walk
as part of Jane’s Walks in Calgary on May 7th. Mixing it up, we will have a travelling artist with us during the walk. Bogdan Cheta, will be presenting some of his work, a manifesto has come to light
which was conceived at an artist residency in Calgary’s oldest artist-run centre, The New Gallery.
Art + History = Delicious Event.
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