Although there have not been weekly gay history posts lately, we have been diligently working on the history project behind the scenes. Kevin Allen has been going through the first edit of his history book manuscript, incorporating suggestions and edits to make the book a better read.
Last week, we were honoured by CommunityWise and given the 2017 Heritage Award at their Annual General Meeting. The award reads that “the Gay History Project continues to enrich and inform our present society and illuminates vital chapters of history in this shared place.” CommunityWise, formally known as The Old Y , is widely recognized as the historical hub of Calgary’s gay community dating back to the 70s.
Erin, Jian, Thulasy & Phil from the CommunityWise Staff Collective present Kevin with the 2017 Heritage Award
We are also grateful to our colleague, Dr. Valerie Korinek, who is a professor of Modern Canadian History at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. She recently wrote a Notches blog piece on the prairie publication, “After Stonewall” exploring the politics and milieu of gay liberation in the late 70s. You can read it: here. Calgary’s Gay Information Resources Calgary (GIRC) was part of the liberation discourse of its day that Dr. Korinek writes about. Furthermore, the problematic National Gay Rights Coalition (NGRC) which is referenced in the article, interestingly sounded its death knell in Calgary when conference delegates in 1980 voted to disband the organization, seen as having outlived its usefulness.
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Tagged After Stonewall, bisexual, CommunityWise, gay, Gay history, GIRC, lesbian, National Gay Rights Coalition, Old Y, queer, transgender, University of Saskatchewan, Valerie Korinek
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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Tagged Armistead Maupin, bisexual, cinema, CUFF, gay, History Walk, Jane's Walk, Knox United Church, lesbian, Old Y, queer, transgender
The City of Calgary’s LGBTQ Legacy Committee recently formed: a group spearheaded by Ward 8 City Councillor Evan Woolley, with support from the Calgary Gay History Project. The Committee’s goal is to commemorate our city’s LGBTQ history with a significant and lasting monument. We are at the beginning of the process but look forward to engaging with everyone who is interested in helping to shape what our monument could be.
One of the initial questions for a monument is where? The Beltline and the inner city seem like an obvious choice, as it is where much of our community spaces were clustered in the 20th Century.
Doug Young personal papers, Glenbow Archives M-8397-1.
Gay activist Doug Young’s personal records are in the Glenbow Archives. His hand drawn map of the Beltline from the mid-80’s illustrates there were more queer spaces at that time, then we have today.
Some ideas for a monument location that we came up with:
Where would you like to see a memorial? Write to firstname.lastname@example.org – share your thoughts.
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Tagged Beltline, bisexual, Books N' Books, Club Carousel, Doug Young, Evan Woolley, gay, GIRC, Henry Berg, lesbian, LGBTQ Legacy Committee, Memorial Park, MoneyPennies, monument, Myrts, Off Centre, Old Y, PLC, Pride, queer, transgender, Twisted Element, Woman's Place Bookstore