Tuesday, June 29, 2010

CLGA on CP24

President of the Board, Robert Windrum and superstar archivist and Community Enagement volunteer Rebecka Sheffield will be on CP24 tonight from 9-10 as part of thier series looking back on the origins of Pride and the Queer Rights Struggle in Toronto.
There will also be some shots of our facility at 34 Isabella Street and a sneak peak at our show, CENSORED LIVES which will open tomorrow.
Tune in, you might learn something.

CLGA will be Open During Pride Weekend

The CLGA will be open for tours and viewing of our exhibitions during Pride weekend, July 3-4 from 12 noon - 5pm.
On the second floor gallery: The National Portrait Collection, which honours those who have contributed to the growth of diverse, out and proud LGBTQ communities in Canada.
On the third floor community space: CENSORED LIVES: Suppression, resistance and free speech, which includes a display of materials from our collection relating to the struggle for free speech for the queer community and features an installation piece by filmmaker William Craddock.

Monday, June 28, 2010


CLGA was invited to CIBC last week for a diversity event at their North Toronto offices.

Vice President of the Board Dennis Findlay and Office Manager Lawrence Bennett attended and and ran the booth on behalf of the Archives.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

The View from George Hislop Park

I just walked through George Hislop Park and saw the Children's Aid Society tribute to Pride.

The children have mounted a show of queer positive art in the windows of their building and it made me smile.

Such a nice thing to see.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Annual General Meeting

This evening was the CLGA's Annual General Meeting.

Quoting from Martin Lanigan's President Address:
"2009 was a watershed year for the CLGA. During 2009 we completed the long anticipated renovation project of our new home at 34Isabella Street, and we completed the enormous task of moving the collection and our administrative records into our new home. I cannot possibly recount all of the tremendous challenges, sacrifices and perseverance that these tasks demanded of you [CLGA membership and volunteers]. I cannot sufficiently thank all of the people who made this happen. Leadership, commitment, passion and hard work were shown not only by board members and committee chairs, but also by countless volunteers throughout the organization. The scope and pace of activities, however, did not stop with settling into our new home. the CLGA made up for lost time - as evidenced but the fact that every committee has advanced new and important initiatives and projects in the past year. You [CLGA membership and volunteers] should all be proud of what you are accomplishing."

We reviewed the past year's activities, achievements and opportunities for new growth in the coming year.
The reports presented at this meeting along with the minutes will be available in our offices at 34 Isabella Street.

Among other things, we elected our new board for the coming year.
Our Executive Directors are:
  • Robert Windrum, President
  • Dennis Findlay, Vice-President
  • Dennis Parker, Secretary
  • Mahesh Dias, Treasurer
The rest of the Board of Directors includes:
  • Martin Lanigan
  • Mary MacDonald
  • Marc Lalonde
  • Pearse Murray
  • Elizabeth Bailey
Here is a photo ofyour new Board of Directors.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Reception, Thursday, June 17

The CLGA's Board of Directors along with hosts Bill Graham and Maggie Cassella held a reception for some of our favourite donors in the gallery last night.
It was great to get to meet some of the people who help make it possible for the CLGA to do all that it does.
And there were lovely snacks!
For those who missed it, here are some pictures and a link to the "This Gay in History" series produced in partnership with Proud FM that we had on display.
Thanks so much to all in attendance.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Gayby Boom - call for entries in support of film about LGBT Families

The CLGA was contacted by filmmaker Lisa Marie Evans to assist her in collecting materials for her current documentary project.

It seems like a very interesting project, as does her body of work.

If you are an LGBT parent or part of an LGBT family, might be worth checking this out.

Contact: Lisa Marie Evans
Tel: 816 590 5014
Documentary Film, Gayby Boom, Seeks Video Entries by LGBT Families
Arizona, May 3, 2010 - Parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender are invited to submit home videos to be included in a feature documentary, Gayby Boom, exploring the ever-evolving definition of family values. LGBT parents and their children of all ages are encouraged to submit. Filmmaker toolkits are available online to assist in the filming process.
"We need parents from around the globe to submit home-videos to represent the many faces and lives involved in LGBT families. In a time where it is still illegal for LGBT individuals to marry and/or adopt in the U.S. and many other countries, this is also the time to share our lives in the spirit of education and awareness for all communities," expressed filmmaker Lisa Marie Evans. "This will be a brilliant education tool for LGBT individuals seeking to bring children into their lives as they may learn from the stories and the experiences of others."
When signing the release forms, individuals are asked who referred them to submit a video. To assist in publicizing the call for videos, the organization or individual who refers the most entries will be awarded their name in the opening credits.
For more information on participation, including where to submit your video, a filmmaker toolkit, releases and press materials, visit http://www.gaybyboom.com/
For a video trailer, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stDHaLpT4D8
Submission deadline: September 1, 2010

Court asked to weigh gay rights and blood policy

A very interesting article in the Globe yesterday about a court ruling expected shortly to decide if Canadian Blood Services has the right to discriminate against gay men or if this is a Charter issue.
This has been a long standing issue and doesn't often get a lot of attention, but there are a number of reason why this should be revisited.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Review of William Craddock's Film

I went to the priemere of Wil Craddock's film, Gay Rights: Politics, Activism and Canada's Gay Conservatives and it was fabulous!

I was surprised by the range in ages of those interviewed and the honesty with which he approached the subject. Also, there was a real National representation with interviews from across the country.

There were very well articulated arguments presented throughout and what sounded like a consensus that while it may not be impossible to be both gay and conservative, if you are both you will likely want to qualify the alliance along fiscal lines. Most if not all of those interviewed stipulated that they were "fiscally conservative, socially liberal."

There was intersting use of CLGA's periodical collection and facilities which was nice to see.

I did think it was odd that there were no women in the film, but perhaps Wil was saving them for the sequel.

Very well done, Wil!

You can catch this film tonight (Friday) and Tuesday. Check locations and times at docnow.ca

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Gay Rights: Politics, Activism and Canada’s Gay Conservatives - William Craddock's Film Début

Filmmaker and CLGA volunteer, William Craddock's film début is tonight!
The film, Gay Rights: Politics, Activism and Canada’s Gay Conservatives is a documentary and Wil's process included research with the CLGA's collection.
The film starts tonight, Wednesday, June 9, doors open at 6:15 at the NFB—John Spotton Theatre150 John St, Toronto, ON (416-973-0896)....though I belive there will be another screening during the Doc Now festival which runs to June 26.
Check out their website and hope to see you there!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Catholic Bishop of Peterborough Preaches Tolerance on the Heels of Human Rights Tribunal

Interesting article on the cover of the Toronto Star today.
It seems too bad that it takes a Human Rights Tribunal to get the Catholic church onside with preaching tolerance and equality, even if they do so while still remaining exclusively "straight".


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Twenty Years of Queer Cinema

Last week's marked the twentieth anniversary of the Inside Out queer film festival. In addition to this year's crop of queer shorts, documentaries, erotica, and feature films, the festival also screened classic works, like The Celluloid Closet and past winners at Inside Out, including one of my favorites, Saving Face. See it! It stars Joan Chen!

I was happy to catch a screening of shorts, Dyke World, which included films from Bosnia, Australia, Poland, Sweden, and the United States. It was great spending an evening watching dyke shorts in a room full of fellow Toronto dykes. All that was missing was popcorn.

One film I was sorry to miss was the international premiere of the BBC's Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister. Nothing warms the heart of a queer archivist more than the existence of secret diaries, written in code, detailing the Sapphic adventures of a woman born wayyyy back in 1791. We're also suckers for the term "bodice ripper." Or maybe that's just me.

More on Anne Lister:
From History to Herstory: Yorkshire Women's Lives Online
Catalogue records for the Anne Lister papers.
The West Yorkshire Archives Service is currently hosting a special exhibit on Anne Lister to accompany the BBC 2 documentary "Revealing Anne Lister."

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Inside the Lesbian and Gay Archives

blogTO has published a fantastic article about the CLGA at Doors Open. Enjoy! Inside the Lesbian and Gay Archives