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. If reading Our Past Matters would bring you any comfort, distraction, education, or delight, email Kevin at email@example.com with the subject line: “PDF please” and we will send you a copy.
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!
Happy Pride Calgary!
Today, Global Television airs Brave Beginnings of Calgary Pride and the Gay Rights Movement, as part of their Pride 2019 programming. A part of Club Carousel still exists! Thank you, Jill Croteau, for embracing yycgayhistory (and maybe saving that wall)…
Club Carousel Founder Lois Szabo back at 1207 1 St. SW!
Last week we wrote incorrect dates for this weekend. The upcoming Calgary Gay History Project events are:
Saturday, August 31st:
12:00-4:00 PM – Join author Kevin Allen for a book signing of Our Past Matters Stories of Gay Calgary at Chapters-Indigo Dalhousie or just stop by to say, “hi.”
Sunday, September 1st:
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Pride in the Park. After the parade, stop by the Calgary Gay History Project’s History Booth. Share your own stories and learn more about Calgary’s LGBTQ2 Past.
Jeremy Klaszus, editor and founder of The Sprawl, invited us to write an essay about gay history. We used the opportunity to mark the 50th anniversary of Bill C-150, the decriminalization of homosexuality coming into force, and the Calgarian who precipitated it, Everett Klippert. You can read it: here. After reading the essay, CBC Radio requested a live radio interview about the anniversary too.
Consider being a Sprawl supporter yourself – pop-up journalism may be a unique model for news, but the Sprawl has an impressive track record of insightful and meaningful local reportage. We love it.
Another highlight of the week was RISE. The audience at the Plaza Theatre was honoured and moved by the passionate recollections of two heroes from the gay rights movement, Ruth Coker Burks and Cleve Jones. Afterward one Calgarian exclaimed: “It was one of the most inspirational evenings I have ever attended.” I was very grateful to have MCed the event, which was manifested by Twisted Element’s Keon Brawn. Thank you, Keon, for showing the community such inspired leadership.
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