National Conference—Yahoo!
Calgary Gay History
by Kevin Allen
5d ago
MacEwan University is hosting the first National Queer and Trans+ Community History Conference, May 3-4 in Edmonton, Alberta. Registrations are open! See you in Edmonton! The Conference is designed to bring together 2SLGBTQ+ community members, nonprofit organizations, heritage professionals, historians, academics, emerging scholars, and students who have an interest in documenting, preserving, and celebrating diverse and intersectional queer and trans+ histories in Canada. The Conference aims to foster dialogue amongst participants and presenters to explore the latest research, programming, an ..read more
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The Dyke and Trans March Part 3
Calgary Gay History
by Kevin Allen
1w ago
Marching On The Dyke and Trans March has been a point of inclusivity and celebration of gender and identity for Calgary’s lesbian and transgender communities. We had the opportunity to interview Gio Dolcecore (They/Them) on the history and future of the March. Our previous entry in this three-part series covered memorable events regarding the March that Gio valued. This final installment will speak to the March’s progress and its current role and future in serving Calgary’s LGBTQ+ community. When asking Gio about how representation has changed and grown throughout the years, they mention that ..read more
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History With a Drag Queen
Calgary Gay History
by Kevin Allen
2w ago
The newly formed QriTical Research Hub at Mount Royal University is hosting History with a Drag Queen next Thursday, February 8th at MRU’s West Gate Social. Doors open at 6:30 PM. This event will be a teach-in hosted by the fabulous Karla Marx!  Karla is a drag queen, burlesque artist, and comedian, using the art of drag to shed new light on the histories of fascism and the contemporary rise of global fascist politics.  Developed and embodied by Dr. Victoria Bucholtz (History Dep. MRU), Karla Marx is known for her comedic brilliance, riveting historical analysis, and cheeky app ..read more
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The Dyke and Trans March Part 2
Calgary Gay History
by Kevin Allen
3w ago
Retracing Our Steps The Dyke and Trans March has been a valuable inclusion to Calgary’s LGBTQ+ movement, starting in 2010 and disappearing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, only to return in 2023. Gio Dolcecore (They/Them) has a rich history with the March, being involved from its genesis to the present day. We asked Gio about their experiences creating the Dyke and Trans March and how the March developed. As mentioned in Part 1, Gio noted the conflict and eventual acceptance of the March as a celebration of gender and sexuality. This acceptance resulted in several years of community empowerment ..read more
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The Dyke and Trans March Part 1
Calgary Gay History
by Kevin Allen
1M ago
A Step in the Right Direction The Dyke and Trans March has been a source of pride and unity for Calgary’s transgender and lesbian communities. Gio Dolcecore (They/Them) has been a forerunner in this endeavour, helping establish the March in 2014 as an extension of the original Dyke March started in 2010. Due to COVID-19, the March has been absent from Calgary’s queer culture. However, Gio and several hardworking board members revitalized the March in 2023. We spoke to Gio about the history of the March, standout experiences, its relevance to the current climate surrounding the LGBTQ+ community ..read more
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Welcome Danielle!
Calgary Gay History
by Kevin Allen
1M ago
The Calgary Gay History Project has a new volunteer researcher, Danielle Shinbine! They have been working on a series of articles on the history of the Dyke and Trans March in Calgary, which started in 2012. It has occurred to us that we are now well into the 21st Century and likely should expand our focus beyond the 20th… Recording the Dyke and Trans March origin story is our first step in this direction! Now for Danielle’s introduction: Danielle is a second-year Master of Science in counselling psychology student at the University of Calgary. Danielle moved to Calgary in 2022 after growing ..read more
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Queer Legends Podcast
Calgary Gay History
by Kevin Allen
1M ago
Happy New Year, Calgary Gay History Project readers! Shawn Dearn, a Montreal-based investigative journalist and historian, is the creative force behind Queer Legends: An Oral History Podcast. The series just won the Outstanding Documentary award at the annual Canadian Podcast Awards. Queer Legends: An Oral History Podcast Shawn was interested in the story of Everett Klippert and recently interviewed Kevin Allen from the Calgary Gay History Project for the pod—check out their conversation: here. Queer Legends is about the people who built the rainbow, created space and held their own! The serie ..read more
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Happy Saint Nicholas Day!
Calgary Gay History
by Kevin Allen
2M ago
{The Calgary Gay History Project is on hiatus until the New Year. Look for new queer history content in 2024!} December 6th is Saint Nicholas Day, when Santa comes to visit (in some countries). Kevin as a moderately jolly St. Nick—sans beard! If you know someone who has been good all year and deserves a present, check out our two award-winning books from our in-house imprint, ASPublishing. Our books with faux holiday additions Our Past Matters: Stories of Gay Calgary hit #1 on the Calgary Herald bestseller list in 2019 and has been popular ever since. John Ibbitson, from The Globe an ..read more
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Queer Archives moved to U of C!
Calgary Gay History
by Kevin Allen
2M ago
For ten years, the Calgary Gay History Project has been collecting donations of queer history for a future archive. The collection includes former Calgary gay magazines, newspaper clippings, books, T-Shirts, buttons, videotapes and many documents of current and past queer organizations in the city. It has grown to about 25 boxes of material! Kevin Allen’s apartment just got roomier. The U of C archives will be the new home of this material and, once processed, will be accessible to future queer historians. We want to thank Dr. William Bridel (also a queer historian) for being our liaison and p ..read more
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History gives us company
Calgary Gay History
by Kevin Allen
3M ago
Thanks to everyone who came out to the queer history presentation last night at the Memorial Park Library. Kevin concluded his talk with a quote from Timothy Snyder’s profound book On Tyranny. History allows us to see patterns and make judgements. It sketches for us the structures within which we can seek freedom. It reveals moments, each one of them different, none entirely unique. To understand one moment is to see the possibility of another. History permits us to be responsible: not for everything, but for something. The Polish poet Czesław Miłosz thought that such a notion of responsibili ..read more
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