Gay Pride through Sports: the Cabbagetown Group Softball League
The Cabbagetown Group Softball League (CGSL) was founded in 1977 by a group of baseball enthusiasts who had gathered informally to play at public diamonds around Toronto since 1975. Many of the CGSL's founding members were activists in Toronto's gay liberation movement. The league's mandate was to provide an opportunity for members of the LGBTQ community and their supporters to play organized sports in a positive atmosphere. The league motto was "Gay Pride Through Sports". While the primary goal of the CGSL was to promote gay fellowship, it was also hoped that the league would serve as a means of bridge-building across ideological divides.
A collection of early records created by members of the league's executive committee, known as the CGSL fonds, can be consulted at the CLGA where it is designated by its fonds number, F0036. These records include meeting minutes, financial documents, correspondence, event memorabilia, promotional films, photographs, uniforms and button badges. The following exhibit is a representational sampling of the types of records and documentary themes included in the CGSL fonds and available for viewing and research purposes at the CLGA. It should be noted that a few of the documents in this exhibit derive from other fonds or collections at the CLGA that contain related records.
The CLGA would like to thank Jack Brannigan, the donor of the majority of the records in the CGSL fonds, for his invaluable assistance in providing contextual information for the documents, which made this exhibit all the richer. If you played on a team in the CGSL, please consider donating your records to the CLGA.