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#GlenbowFromHome with #OurPastMatters

As we celebrate pride month and commemorate the Stonewall Riots tomorrow with 24- hour worldwide programming, here in Calgary, the Glenbow Museum’s Jenny Conway Fisher interviewed Kevin Allen about his book Our Past Matters.

In this far-ranging discussion, Jenny and Kevin explore how queer history resonates with the currents of today. They talk about the Pride movement and note that Calgary Pride, whose origin event was in June 1990, celebrated their 30th anniversary this month. Kevin also explains how the Glenbow Archives contributed to the making of Our Past Matters.

Check out the 36-minute conversation: here. Thank you, Glenbow! It was a delight.

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Awards & Bad Blood

Our Past Matters: Stories of Gay Calgary was selected as a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the category of regional non-fiction. We must give a massive shout out to Calgary Gay History Project supporter, Lolly de Jonge, who encouraged us to enter. The award ceremony this year is being held virtually on June 26th at 6 PM on Facebook Live. Thank you, Lolly, we feel grateful for the honour!

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Collage from Bad Blood

In January, we were approached to participate in a journalism multimedia project by students from Mount Royal University. They were interested in exploring the history of Canada’s blood donation ban from men who have sex with men. The creative team consisted of Nathan Woolridge, Karina Zapata, and Riggs Zyrille Vergara. They recently published an interactive website titled: Bad Blood. It takes a deep dive into the history of the tainted blood scandal, the current legal context for gay donors, and the champions who are trying to progress the country forward. It is well worth a read. Congratulations, Nathan, Karina, and Riggs!

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Self-isolating? Free Book!

Dear Calgary Gay History Supporters,

It is distressing to find our world so disrupted by pandemic. With social distancing and closing borders, we will likely find ourselves with much more time at home. Reading has always been a favourite pastime and retreat for me. Now that we may find bookstores and libraries closed, it occurred to us, that we could assist our fellow Calgarians by providing free PDF downloads of Our Past Matters: Stories of Gay Calgary.

The book, which was on the Calgary Herald’s local best-seller list in 2019, explores our city’s LGBTQ2 past. In it, you will find stories of resiliency and courage, darkness and light. Until April 30, 2020, email Kevin at calgarygayhistory@gmail.com with the subject line: “PDF please” and we will send you a copy.

Our Past Matters EBook Cover

Write “PDF Please” for a free copy!

Calgarians have a long tradition of taking care of each other. This was perfectly illustrated a few days ago by Sam Hester’s Pulling Together-Even as We Move Apart in the Sprawl.

Please take care and give support, as you are able, to our self-isolating elders, who often are the keepers of our stories.

To a hopeful future!

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