Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Visit to Fudger House

On Wednesday April 27th, I  chatted over tea with the gay and lesbian seniors at Fudger House on Sherbourne St. about the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives.
Fudger House was the first City owned Seniors Care Facilities to identify the need to acknowledge the sexual diversity of some of their residents. In the last few years, that has changed and all of the facilities now have it as part of their mandate to provide services and recognition of the diversity within their residents. Some are more successful in incorporating these concepts into practice.

I did a summary of when the Archives was started, what we have in our collection and how it is used and how we are dependent on private donations to keep us financially afloat.This was followed by some good discussion and memories of some of the residents.  As one might expect, many of the businesses that they talked about no longer existed today. I really did get the feeling that the residents enjoyed the trip down memory lane.

by: Dennis Findlay

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Patient Zero - A great success!

Alan Miller, CLGA LGBT Serials Lead (left),
Dr. Richard McKay (right)
 Thanks so much to all those who attended last night's talk by Dr. Richard McKay.
We were fortunate enough to have a packed house for this informative and engaging lecture.
McKay's work is incredibly interesting as was his presentation style which created a narrative about Dugas and provided insights into this man and the process by which he was labeled "Patient Zero".

Thanks also go to Richard McKay, Craig Palmer and Ed Jackson for organizging this event and for helping us to raise much needed funds for the CLGA.  It was a generous crowd!

Recipient of the LGBT Giving Network's Outstanding Volunteer Award our own Alan Miller

At the LGBT Giving Network's Philanthropy Conference Alan Miller was honored for his 30+ years as a volunteer with the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives.

In his more than 30 year volunteer career with the CLGA Alan has been our one of our volunteer Leads, specializing in the LGBTQ Serials Collection.  Out of the few boxes in the basement of the Body Politic in the 1970’s, Alan has built the collection of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives into the largest periodicals collection of its kind in the world.
Alan regularly works with researchers, students and volunteers on Thursdays and Sundays weekly at the Archives.  In 2010 he hosted a walking tour for Jane’s Walk Toronto where he demonstrated his enthusiasm and vast knowledge of this queer history in Toronto. 
Congratulations Alan! and thank you for your tremendous contributions to the Archives!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

National Portrait Collection Induction Ceremony - SAVE THE DATE

The National Portrait Collection will unveil 3 newly commissioned portraits honouring Sky Gilbert, Jearld Moldenhauer and Nancy Nicol at an Induction Ceremony Thursday, May 26, 7pm at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
SAVE THIS DATE and check out our website for more information as it becomes available.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Got the Post Long Weekend Blues?

Zelda's is at it again tonight with Dirty Bingo to benefit the CLGA.
Bingo starts at 8:30 but your best bet is to call for a reservation: 416 922 2526.
See you there.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Patient Zero - a lecture by Richard McKay

Richard McKay (formerly from Vancouver and now at King's College, London) will talk about the truth behind the media's creation of Patient Zero, the original AIDS flash point, GaƩtan Dugas. Rich's presentation will use rare images and oral history clips, and draw out the aspects of the Randy Shilts and Dugas stories, quit different from those depicted in Shilt's book And the Band Played On (1987).

Tuesday, April 26, 6pm-9pm
Ryerson University
Thomas Lounge, Oakham House, 63 Gould St
Toronto, Ontario
Tickets not required - donations at the door are gratefully appreciated and will benefit the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives.

Friday, April 15, 2011

New Book on the History of Yorkville features interview with Cliff Collier

Following the memorial service at the archives for Clifford Collier March 19, 2011 there is news of his legacy already coming back to us.
Making the Scene: Yorkville and Hip Toronto in the 1960s will be published in late April by the University of Toronto.
"One chapter in the book relies heavily on Clifford Collier's experiences and recollections.  His contributions to my research were indispensible" wrote author Stuart Henderson, in an email to the Archives.
"On a personal note, I was so sorry to hear of Mr Collier's recent death. He was among the loveliest men I have ever had the chance to meet. I wish he could have seen the book that he so enriched."

We couldn't agree wit Stuart more! and it is so nice to see that while we are all feeling the loss of Clifford we are also already able to see the impact that he made.

A public book launch will be held at the Gladstone Hotel on May 3rd at 7:30pm.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Supporters of the Toronto Pride festival are being called upon to sign a petition to prevent the loss of funding for the parade from the City of Toronto. People can show their support to Toronto City Council for its valued assistance by signing the petition embedded in this hyperlink:

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Dirty Bingo at Zelda's to benefit CLGA

From Monday, April 4 - Monday May 9, Dirty Bingo at Zelda's will benefit the CLGA!
If you aren't familiar with Dirty Bingo, it is definitely worth coming out to see what it is all about.
Bingo starts at 8:30pm each Monday on the second floor and reservations are recommended.
The best part of all is that you can chase away the Monday blues with a fun night out and support the CLGA!
Check out Zelda's website for more info:
See you there.