Queer Mirror and Kickstarter Update

There is a new column in BeatRoute Magazine, titled Queer Mirror, which we are writing looking at contemporary issues and events in Calgary’s queer community.  The first article is about pronoun use in the trans community.  If you have ideas for future topics, please give us a shout.  In 20 years these articles will become part of our historical record.

The Kickstarter campaign is going well: we met our first financial goal and are en route to the second: $20,000.  There are only 4 more days left to pledge.  A couple of the Calgary Gay History Project researchers and collaborators have made videos in support of the campaign.  The videos are not only testimonials but mini YYC queer history documentaries in their own right.  Take a look!

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2014 Pride Week Recap & Kickstarter Check In

Not only did the Pride Parade and Street Festival this year have a record turn out: 50,000 people by most estimates, it also had politicians of all stripes marching, many for the first time, in support of the LGBTQ community.  (I even picked up a free pride bracelet courtesy of the Government of Alberta!).

Check out the Calgary Gay History Booth’s short video which gives you a flavour of the day (courtesy of Nancy Miller and evolution New Media).

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The Kickstarter Campaign is going well, and we are very humbled by the show of support and interest in the book project from both media and everyday Calgarians.  We are halfway through the campaign today, so encourage everyone to share, tweet and talk it up.  All efforts in this regard are really appreciated.

And you could help even more by composing a short video or paragraph on why you think our community’s history is important to you.  Email me at calgarygayhistory@gmail.com and we will share it on social media in support of the Writing Calgary’s Gay History campaign.

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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.

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