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Holiday Reads from @YYCGayHistory

Calgary-Gay-History-Project-adjacent author, Gordon Sombrowski, launched What Narcissus Saw this month. It is the second short story collection from the acclaimed Fernie/Calgary based writer. Holiday shoppers can find What Narcissus Saw at a handful of independent bookstores and online. His Calgary launch party at Loft112 was on Saturday, December 11th.

Athabasca University Press just released Bucking Conservatism: Alternative Stories of Alberta from the 1960s and 1970s edited by Leon Crane Bear, Larry Hannant, and Karissa Robyn Patton. Calgary Gay History Project researchers Nevena Ivanović and Kevin Allen contributed a chapter to the book with editor Larry Hannant called, Gay Liberation in Conservative Calgary. Bucking Conservatism was produced under a creative commons license and is free to read online or download.

Our Past Matters has had another stellar year. It is now a textbook in two University of Calgary courses—one in Social Work, the other in Gender & Sexuality Studies—despite not being an academic read! The Our Past Matters ebook also had a short run as an Amazon #1 Best Seller in its category.

Readers note: this is our last post for the calendar year. Thank you for your ongoing support and enthusiasm for local queer history. Consider these books as our good read recommendations for this holiday season. If you enjoy them, leave reviews on sites such as GoodReads and Amazon for other readers to discover.

Happy reading!

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It Was a Place to Meet People Like Me: Sport & YYC LGBTQ+ History

{Free public lecture at the University of Calgary on December 2nd at 7 PM, hosted by the Calgary Institute for the Humanities—see their press release below. – Kevin}

Please join us for a talk by Calgary Institute for the Humanities 2020-21 Resident Fellow William Bridel

“Our history is about the stories, lives, experiences, and thoughts of individuals who built their lives around their newfound and often hard-won identity. We cannot lose that”. Stephen Lock wrote those words in the October 1994 issue of Clue!, one of Calgary’s queer publications at the time. In 2018, LGBTQ+ historian Kevin Allen released Our Past Matters: Stories of Gay Calgary, noting that the project was “ultimately about memory, and recording these essential stories of our humanity.” In this talk I follow the lead of Lock and Allen, by using archival and interview materials to explore the place of sport in Calgary’s LGBTQ+ history, from the 1970s through to the early 2000s. From softball to volleyball, running to swimming, Apollo Friends in Sport, and the Gay Games, the retelling of these stories on their own and in conversation with one another, reveal that sport played a necessary but sometimes complicated role in individual empowerment, community-building, and the Pride movement.

Clue! Magazine Cover, August 1994

Dr. William Bridel is Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. He specializes in sociocultural aspects of sport, physical activity, and the body. Current projects include investigations of LGBTQI2S+ inclusion in sport, as well as inclusion and safe sport policy. He is also interested in sport-related pain and injury, with a recent focus on athletes’ experiences of sport-related concussion.

This event will be simultaneously hosted in a live venue (University of Calgary, Taylor Institute Forum) and online on Zoom. All registrants will receive event details one week before the event and may decide to attend in either setting.

In-person attendees are required to follow all UCalgary COVID-19 event requirements: see event for details.

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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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