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.