Thursday, February 25, 2010

The CLGA Helps Students

Danielle Cooper is a student pursuing a collaborative Master's degree at the University of Toronto's Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies and the Faculty of Information. Danielle works with the Sexual Representation Collection (SRC) at University College which is composed of materials related to sexual representation and censorship. While there is some queer content, the SRC focuses generally on subject matter like censorship. The Collection is comprised mainly of books, videos, and magazines. Danielle sought the assistance of the CLGA volunteers to provide guidance and mentorship as she helped create a system to make available the SRC for public use. Volunteers at the CLGA worked in consultation with Danielle and offered support in achieving her research objectives. Through such cooperative efforts, resources like the SRC are being made available for public and scholarly use.

To learn more about the Sexual Representation Collection, visit the University College website at:

To learn more about how the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives can help with research, visit the CLGA at:

Monday, February 22, 2010

This Gay in History #2 Rev Brent Hawkes

This Gay in History is a collaborative project produced by Toronto's Proud FM 103.9 and the CLGA. The second in the series features Reverend Dr. Brent Hawkes.

Brent Hawkes, CM (born in Bath, New Brunswick) is a Canadian clergyman. Since 1977, he has served as senior pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto for LGBT parishioners, and is one of Canada's leading gay rights activists.

Friday, February 19, 2010

This Gay in History #1

This Gay in History is a collaborative project produced by Toronto's Proud FM 103.9 and the CLGA. The first in the series features the Brunswick Four.

The Brunswick Four were four lesbians involved in a historic incident in Toronto, Ontario in 1974. The four were evicted from the Brunswick Tavern, a working-class beer hall on Bloor Street, subsequently arrested, and three were later tried in Ontario Court for obstruction of justice.

Click below to listen to the podcast. [note: the photos are for pleasant viewing purposes only. Unfortunately, this CE member could not locate a photo of the Brunswick Four].

Interview with Ann Bannon

Elizabeth and I were just talking about the CLGA's amazing collection of lesbian pulp novels from the '50s and '60s, and she told me about this NPR interview with Ann Bannon. Bannon wrote some of the best-known (and least depressing) novels in this genre: I Am a Woman, Odd Girl Out, Journey to a Woman, and a few others. Fascinating lady.

Queer Presence at Vancouver Winter Olympics

The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics mark the first time there will be an official queer presence at the international sporting event. Pride Houses are open in Vancouver and Whistler as a venue available to Gay and Lesbian athletes, coaches, family, friends and allies. Pride House ambassadors are on hand to tell visitors about resources in Vancouver, immigration and more.

Also check out coverage of the Pride Houses and homophobia in sport from yesterday's CBC radio program The Current

To learn more about queer athletes, visit the CLGA.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Topical reading

What do you know, it's Black History Month *and* the Olympics are now full on. What better time to read this fascinating article about Bayard Rustin who was a black civil-rights activist with Martin Luther King in the 1960 but also an athlete and a gay rights activist.
You can find the article here:

Queer Movement at U of T

University of Toronto now offers a PhD program in Sexual Diversity Studies and there has been great push on campus to create a "Queer Positive Space." But this wasn't always the case.
This is an interesting article that charts the development of the queer movement at U of T -- from homophile association to Homo Hops.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Announcing Archivaria 68: Special Section on Queer Archives

Archivaria 68 (Journal of the Association of Canadian Archivists)features the Special Section of Queer Archives. Our fearless CE leader, Kate Zieman, is a contributor and CE member Rebecka Sheffield is the co-editor. The CLGA makes several appearances in this issue.

If you are not a member of the ACA or an institution that subscribes to the journal, you can request a single issue online here: As far as we know, this is the first time that an archives journal has produced an issue that is almost entirely LGBT content -- even the book reviews are part of our special section.

I've copied the table of contents below to pique your interest.

Archivaria #68: Special Section on Queer Archives
ISSN: 0318-6954

Special Section on Queer Archives
"Note from the Guest Editors" : Rebecka Sheffield, Marcel Barriault
"Accessing Transgender // Desiring Queer(er?) Archival Logics" : K.J. Rawson
"Resisted Access? National Security, the Access to Information Act, and Queer(ing) Archives" : Patrizia Gentile
"Police/Archives" : Steven Maynard
"The 1942 Same-sex Trials in Edmonton: On the State’s Repression of Sexual Minorities, Archives, and Human Rights in Canada" : Lyle Dick
"Hard to Dismiss: The Archival Value of Gay Male Erotica and Pornography" : Marcel Barriault
"Hidden from Historians: Preserving Lesbian Oral History in Canada" : Elise Chenier
"Love and Lubrication in the Archives, or rukus!: A Black Queer Archive for the United Kingdom" : Ajamu X, Topher Campbell, Mary Stevens

Notes and Communications
"Du placard à l’institution : l’histoire des Archives gaies du Québec (AGQ)" : Jacques Prince
"Youth Outreach Initiatives at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives" : Kate Zieman

Book Reviews

"SUSAN STRYKER, Transgender History" : Carrie Schmidt
"MARCIA M. GALLO, Different Daughters: A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rise of the Lesbian Rights Movement" : Kate Zieman
"PIERRE BORHAN, Man to Man: A History of Gay Photography" : John Ibson
"IAN YOUNG, Out in Paperback: A Visual History of Gay Pulps" : Nick Nguyen
“Where is Queer?” Museums and Social Issues, vol. 3, no. 1 : Greg Bak

Exhibition Reviews
Histoire de nos vies : les gais et lesbiennes au Québec de 1648 à aujourd’hui. EXPOSITION VIRTUELLE PERMANENTE SUR LE SITE WEB DES ARCHIVES GAIES DU QUÉBEC AGQ)
Martin Gagné

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Gender Testing in Sports

This fascinating article by Ariel Levy was published in the New Yorker a few months ago, but with the Olympics looming it bears reading (and talking about) again. What defines 'male' and 'female', and what are the implications of their shifting/unstable nature?