Friday, January 28, 2011

CLGA's 2010 First Person Narrative Essay Winners Announced

The CLGA is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2010 First Person Narrative National Essay Contest. Judges Anne Fleming and Bill Richardson selected the following stories from among many powerful entries that came in from across the country. 

First Prize:       What If by Margarita Miniovich

Second Prize:   Be Kind. I Speak French. by Benjamin Pradet

Third Prize:       My Family Inheritance by Ketu Kingston 

A prize was also awarded to a student from Toronto's Triangle Program, Michelle Carter, for the best entry written by an author under the age of 19. 

Congratulations to all of the entrants for bravely and generously sharing their stories and talents. Prize-winning and short-listed essays from the 2008 and 2010 contests will be anthologized in 2011.

Monday, January 17, 2011

CLGA profiled in the American Historical Association LGBT newsletter

The CLGA is profiled in the Fall 2010 newsletter of the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender History (CLGBTH), available online here. The CLGBTH was founded in 1979 to promote the study of homosexuality in the past and present by facilitating communication among scholars in a variety of disciplines working on a variety of cultures. The Committee has been officially recognized as an affiliate of the American Historical Association and meets annually in conjunction with the AHA conference.

The Committee on LGBT History publishes two newsletters each year. Newsletter contents include book reviews, announcements concerning books, journals, conferences, seminars, symposia, fellowships, grants, and research; membership information and updates; news from the Committee’s Chair, and other material. Newsletters are distributed to paid members, sibling associations in other disciplines, and journals, newsletters, magazines, publishers, library/archives, and organizations involved in related work.

To read the entire newsletter or to find more information about the CLGBTH, visit their website here.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Prizes for Toronto's Best QSA!

The Toronto District School Board is offering three prizes (worth $1,000 each) to the best Queer-Straight Alliance clubs in the city.

According to an article in today's Toronto Star: "the award seeks to honour groups that have increased respect for people of different sexual orientation and that have challenged gender stereotypes and homophobia. Among the activities it looks for in a winning club range from meetings, surveys, workshops for staff and peer education to school-wide awareness campaigns, brochures, posters, political activism, rallies, letter-writing and personal support."

The CLGA has long been a resource for queer students, and we're looking forward to supporting anyone who wants our help with this. In light of Elizabeth's recent post about the Halton Catholic District School Board's refusal to allow these clubs in their schools, this initiative sends a really positive message. Yay TDSB!

You can learn more about QSAs here, and more about the TDSB's competition here.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

If You're Going to San Francisco...

Be sure to check out the GLBT History Museum, which opens today! From their press release:

"A quarter century after the founding of the GLBT Historical Society, we’re proud to open a museum to showcase our community’s history,” said Paul Boneberg, executive director of the Historical Society. “The GLBT History Museum is in the heart of the Castro, a neighborhood visited not only by locals, but also by tens of thousands of tourists every year who come in search of queer culture. At our museum, they’ll discover treasures from our archives that reflect fascinating stories spanning nearly a century of GLBT life. We have gone all out to create a museum as rich, diverse and surprising as the GLBT community itself. Whether they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or straight, visitors are sure to be moved, enlightened and entertained. "

The museum is the first of its kind in the U.S., and features 1,600 square feet of gallery and program space. Congratulations to all of the staff and volunteers that made this happen!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Call to Action for the People of Halton

I have been rather disturbed as I have been following the story of Halton Catholic School Board's ban on Gay Straight Aliances not because I am surprized by their use of religion as an excuse for prejudice but for the lack of leadership from the Ontario Education Minister.  It seems that Halton is reviewing its decision while it develops a Catholic version of the GSA support requirement but there is obviously a long way to go when officials of the board compare GSAs with Nazis.
I would like to take this opportunity to encourage the people of Halton who have done a lot of good work to encourage GSAs in schools to once again step up and speak out about this very important issue.
After so much excitement and enthusiasm around "It Gets Better" I know that we are all supportive of the kinds of tolerance and preventative measures that GSA provide.

Here is a bit more on this story:
Globe and Mail

Monday, January 10, 2011

Launching queer@ischool Exhibit at the University of Toronto

The queer@ischool exhibit celebrates the passion, dedication and chutzpah of LGBT information professionals. The display will feature rescuer-historian James Fraser (long-time archivist at the CLGA), librarian and legendary pioneer Barbara Gittings, and radical cataloguer Sanford Berman. Please join us for the launch January 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm, followed by a pub night at The Central (603 Markham Street).


4th Floor Inforum, 140 St George Street
Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 7:00 pm

Because LGBT librarians and archivists are awesome!

This event is sponsored by the Faculty of Information queer@ischool student group. For more information about queer@ischool, visit us on Facebook or email

Sunday, January 9, 2011


The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives Gallery is proud to present Switch, an exhibition of the work of Montreal Photographer JJ Levine

Switch will run January 13- February 24, 2011. Opening Reception January 13, 2011 7:30pm- 10pm, 34 Isabella Street, Toronto.

Switch marks the first show of the 2011 season which was selected from our call for proposals in 2010.
For more information about the Archives Gallery visit .