It has been a momentous couple of weeks for LGBTQ2 history in Calgary, Alberta.
On July 27, 2018, the Calgary Police Service formally apologized to Calgary’s gender and sexually diverse community. In their official statement, they cited their historic opposition to Bill C-150 and said: “after the law changed our organization struggled to embrace the new direction and evolve.”
Bill C-150, of course, was the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada and a subject of our new film: Gross Indecency: The Everett Klippert Story. The documentary short has racked up thousands of views since it launched on July 31. It also garnered some thoughtful media coverage. Thank you, everyone, for the flood of positive regard that has been filling my inbox and social media accounts.
On August 2, the Calgary Gay History Project along with Sage Theatre and playwright Natalie Meisner received a Calgary Heritage Authority Lion Award for the spring 2018 production of Legislating Love. We were very honoured.
Actors Matt McKinney & Kathy Zaborsky, Director Jason Mehmel, and Historians Kevin Allen & Tereasa Maillie accepting the Lion!
Calgary Pride is just around the corner. The Calgary Gay History Project has partnered with Calgary Outlink to present an Intergenerational Tea on Saturday, August 25 from 12:30 – 2:30 PM at Memorial Park Library, followed by a Beltline Gay History Walk from 2:30 – 4:00 PM. This event is free and part of Pride in Vic Park, a multi-generational, inclusive and educational event to celebrate Pride Week in Calgary. We are looking for a $300 donation to cover the event food (tax receipt available). Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are feeling generous.
And if you have more time than money, Calgary Pride needs to fill up their volunteer roster for their incredible ever-growing festival. You can sign up: here. All volunteers get swag!
Finally, we will have a history booth at Pride in the Park again this year on Sunday, September 2. After the parade, come over to talk to us about all things historical!
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The family of Everett Klippert have shared a box of his remaining personal papers with the Calgary Gay History Project. We are ever so thankful and are in the process of digitizing them for posterity. Klippert’s documents were also used by playwright Natalie Meisner in developing her play Legislating Love, which had a very successful run at Sage Theatre last month.
Here are some treasures we have captured:
Everett Klippert (circled) worked at Union Milk Co. Ltd. from 1943-1952.
Note: Movies were discouraged on weekdays on this 1940s report card.
One of Everett’s notes from inside the Prince Albert Penitentiary. On August 26th, 1969 homosexuality was no longer a criminal offence in Canada (some conditions applied).
This Crescent Heights Baptist Church document is 90 years old this September.
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Well, gentle Calgary Gay History Project readers, the play we have been greatly anticipating opens tonight. There have been many interesting and thoughtful preview pieces about the play, and its author, Natalie Meisner.
Louis Hobson at the Calgary Herald writes: One man’s truth at heart of Legislating Love.
The Herald also published in last weekend’s Swerve: 5 facts about Sage Theatre’s Legislating Love.
The CBC had Natalie on The Homestretch, and also wrote an article about the play.
Breakfast Television, featured Natalie and Director Jason Mehmel, this morning.
And of course, last week, actors Matt McKinney and Mark Bellamy were featured on Global Television.
Playwright Natalie Meisner reporting “serious butterflies” for the world premiere of Legislating Love.
Tickets can be found at Sage Theatre’s online box office: here. The play runs March 22-31.