GG Nod and Pride Week Begins

The Calgary Gay History Project is pleased to announce that it received an honourable mention in the 2015 Governor General’s History Awards for Excellence in Community Programming.  Our very own, Tereasa Maillie, will be representing us at Rideau Hall this October at the GG’s award ceremony. We gratefully thank our nominators, the judges and Canada’s History Society for the honour.

Tereasa has been volunteering the the Project almost since its inception.  She has written engaging articles and done several public presentations about our research findings throughout the city.  She has her own history blog as well, HistoryMinion, and I encourage you to check it out!

We also hope you will check out our various programming during Pride Week:

Thursday, September 3rd from 7:00 – 8:30, the Beltline Gay History Walk

Friday, September 4th from 5:00 – 7:00, Origins: Pride Calgary History Panel

Saturday, September 5th from 2:00 – 3:30, the Downtown Gay History Walk

Sunday, September 6th from noon – 6:00 PM, our Pride Festival Booth

Hope to see you out!

Origins: The Pride Calgary History Panel

25 years ago the LGBTQ community decided to get political – and here we are today…

On Friday, September 4th, 2015 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM we will have Nancy Miller, Stephen Lock, and Richard Gregory on a panel moderated by the Calgary Gay History Project’s Kevin Allen.  Our panellists were all key figures in the Calgary Lesbian and Gay Political Action Guild (CLAGPAG), who organized the first Pride Rally in Memorial Park in 1990 and the first Pride Parade  in 1991.

Come out to hear about the particular tenor of their time: fighting back against homophobia and intimidation, as well as the great camaraderie and tangible human rights victories.


Stephen Lock, Nancy Miller & Richard Gregory: Pride Founders

Origins is presented by the Calgary Gay History Project and Pride Calgary, and is proudly sponsored and hosted by the Hyatt Regency Calgary, 700 Centre Street SE.  The panel formally begins at 5:30 PM but come early and grab a drink from the cash bar.  The panel is a free event – open to everyone.

1991 Pride Parade

1991 Pride Parade (source: Calgary Herald)


Sign Up for YYC Gay History Walking Tours @ Pride

Gay History is important.  We would like to give a shout out to Rich Hawkins, HuffPost Gay Voices, for his recent editorial, The Gay Community is Dying, Here’s Why it Needs to Live: a compelling explanation for why our past matters.

Calgarians understand this and came out in huge numbers for our history walking tour at Pride 2014 – but it created some logistical complications for us. Consequently, we did a rethink about our presentation and working with Pride Calgary have created an online ticketing system.  You can sign up now, on a first-come, first-served basis, for the two scheduled history walks on offer. Tickets are free (donations are welcomed), and if we fill up these walks we will consider adding more to the Pride Week schedule.

Thursday, Sept. 3rd

7:00-8:30 pm Beltline Gay History Walking Tour

Jane's Walk 1

Join the Calgary Gay History Project’s Kevin Allen on a walk through the Beltline.  We will travel to significant historical gathering spots for the gay community in this inner city neighbourhood, including Calgary’s first gay bar, from 1968, Club Carousel.  Everyone welcome. Tickets: here.

Meet:  CommunityWise (The Former Old Y) 223 12 Avenue SW

Saturday, Sept. 5th

2:00-3:30 pm Downtown Gay History Walking Tour

Downtown History WalkJoin the Calgary Gay History Project’s Kevin Allen on a walk through the city centre.  We will highlight significant political and social events that affected the gay community.  On the way we will pass by several historical watering holes where gays and lesbians gathered.  Everyone welcome. Tickets: here.

Meet:  CommunityWise (The Former Old Y) 223 12 Avenue SW

We hope you join us walking in September!