Beautiful night for a walk and a kick, start…

We had over 100 participants on the Pride Week Calgary Gay History Walk last night – see photos below.  People learned about downtown sites of significance to the LGBTQ community and we had a live tweeting conversation between Mayor Nenshi and gay history walkers about the lack of a Pride Flag flying at City Hall (one of our stops).

Walkers also picked up hot-off-the-press Kickstarter postcards for the Writing Calgary’s Gay History Campaign (pledge, pledge, pledge, please).

Thanks go to the anonymous donor who slipped me cash on the walk as well as to Polish Queer Historian, Bart, who gave me his book QueerWarsaw – what a treat!  Finally, there was a lovely reception hosted by Calgary Outlink at the back patio of CommunityWise Resource Centre.

Come see us at the Calgary Gay History Festival Booth this Sunday at the Pride Festival from Noon – 6:00 PM.

Beginning of History Walk from the steps of the Memorial Park Library

Larger than a Calgary Pride Parade in the 90s perhaps?

Larger than a Calgary Pride Parade in the 90s perhaps?

Lois Szabo, a founder of Club Carousel, reflecting on its origins in 1968.

Lois Szabo, a founder of Club Carousel, reflecting on its origins in 1968.


Writing Calgary’s Gay History – the Book

August 25th – The Calgary Gay History Project launches the Kickstarter campaign to fund a book chronicling our community’s story.  In the past two years we have presented our findings of Calgary’s gay history in the 50s and 60s multiple times as well as led a number of popular gay history walks through Calgary’s Beltline and Downtown areas – now it’s time to write the book!

Janes Walk 2

Watch This History Walk Promo Video

Over the next three weeks, you can contribute to our story, by investing directly in this book’s creation.  Check out our assorted Kickstarter rewards, including pre-ordering the book, or having a private gay history walking tour.

Please share the Kickstarter link to your networks!

Yours in research,


Pride Week is here – We’re making history!

Pride 2014 is upon us, and the Calgary Gay History Project is busy.  We hope you can join us for our NEW downtown walk on Wednesday, August 27th.  Check out Ted Henley’s interview with me on City TV’s Breakfast Television as a preview of the some of the stops.

Alyssa Quirico wrote this week’s FFWD cover story, Pride in a conservative culture, featuring highlights from an interview she did with the history project.

Look for us at various Pride events throughout the week, culminating at our Festival Information Booth on Parade Day, August 31st.  Come by and ask us questions, or share your story about Calgary’s gay history.  You can even buy a t-shirt in support of the project.

Also, watch next week for the launch of the Writing Calgary Gay History Kickstarter Campaign (we are writing the book)!  You will be able to pre-purchase it while at the same time commissioning the publication.

Happy Pride!