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@yycgayhistory colouring contest!

Kevin Allen was given the great honour of being part of this year’s International Day of Pink Colouring Book which is free to download here: https://www.dayofpink.org/en/resources. 🌈🙏✨ 

Kevin International Day of Pink Portrait

This is the 4th edition of the popular e-book and was launched earlier in June for Pride Month. In the first two hours it was available it was downloaded 4500 times!

International Day of Pink writes:  “Celebrate pride through learning and art—learn about 2SLGBTQIA+ folks who are advocating for human rights, sharing our stories, advancing our culture through art, fighting for trans & non-binary inclusion, and healing through Two-Spirit teachings.”
 

The 4th edition features: Lucas Silveira, Baby Bel Bel, Dayna Danger, Fay Slift, T’áncháy Redvers, Kimahli Powell, Susan Gapka, Gia Irina Brunetti-Provenzano, Kevin Allen, Ma-Nee Chacaby, Ryan G. Hinds, and Laureenblu Waters Istchii Nickamoon.

international day of pink 4th editionTo help celebrate we are hosting a colouring contest. The prize will be a free copy of Our Past Matters, which we will mail to the winner. To win the book, colour any one of the portraits in the 4th edition and email us a picture of your handiwork by the end of June. We will randomly draw one of the portraits as a winner. Get colouring and happy pride!
 
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February Deadlines

It has been a bit quiet lately in the research offices of the Calgary Gay History Project. However, there is a lot of queer history cooking on the backburner. Stay tuned for some intriguing developments in the next few weeks.

We would like to alert you to some deadlines coming up.

Heritage Calgary and the Calgary Public Library are seeking a new Historian in Residence. Kevin was honoured to be the inaugural H.i.R. in 2018, where he launched Our Past Matters. The profile of the residency helped make the book a best-seller. It was a great experience—if you have a yen for local history, you should consider applying by February 8th.

The Government of Canada is developing its very first LGBTQ2 Action Plan and is seeking community input. What is your lived experience? What do you think we need as a community? Take their online survey: here. Responses are due by the end of February. {We said the country needs more queer history!}

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Shop local for queer history

I have lived in the Beltline for most of my adult life, which has also been central to Calgary’s queer community for more than 50 years. Additionally, most historians I know are voracious readers. Consequently, it is no surprise that my favourite Beltline store is Shelf Life Books.

Author Kevin Allen at Shelf Life Books, source: Calgary Metro

Shelf Life has an interesting queer history itself as the site of the former Parkside Continental gay bar. There is an excellent mural on the backside of the store by Kyle Simmers, that subtly evokes this history with the inclusion of the bar’s now iconic logo.

The book store has been the largest seller of my book, Our Past Matters, and has hosted yycgayhistory special events for which I am very grateful. They also stock the books of queer friends and colleagues. Pick up any book by Suzette Mayr, Vivek Shraya, or Rae Spoon and you won’t be disappointed. Sharanpal Ruprai, whom I adore as a person, writes books of poetry that sing, charm, and sizzle. They also carry more comprehensive Canadian queer history readers such as the Valerie Korinek’s Prairie Fairies and The ArQuives‘ recently published OutNorth.

In fact, all independent book stores in Calgary need our custom. Furthermore think hyperlocal—support Calgary authors by buying their books. If you need inspiration, there is no greater source than Shaun Hunter’s Calgary Reading Lists. She virtually single-handedly has created a canon of local literature, as well as a useful reader in Calgary Through the Eyes of Writers.

I am wishing all Calgarians a safe, happy, and restful holiday season. Take care of yourselves and each other—find joy in unexpected places. — Kevin

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