CLGA Digital Collections

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Toronto-based gay liberation activist George Hislop, interviewed by historian David Churchill in 1991. Interview is focused on mid-century gay life in Toronto.

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This is the first of two oral histories with Lezlie Lee Kam, a 55+, gender-mysterious, world majority person and dyke; a Trini; a Carib; Brown; and a Callaloo-a mix of Chinese, Carib, Indian, Portuguese, and Venezuelan. She was born in Trinidad and…

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Leila Sujir is an artist that first worked at Desh Pardesh in the late 1980s. Her work India Hearts Beat screened in Toronto, and she was invited to discuss it. She felt that Desh was a space of both validation and contention. She argues it gave…

DP016- Leela (Final Transcript).pdf
Acharya was an activist that was involved in the progressive feminist scene in Toronto prior to hearing about Desh Pardesh. She later went on to work in the programming committee for Desh Pardesh. In this interview, Acharya discusses how the…

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Trigger warning for use of racist and sexist language in this interview.

This is John Grube's second interview with Frederick Sproule for Foolscap. The oral history begins with Grube and Sproule looking through a series of photos, and Sproule…

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In this oral history interview Frederick Sproule, 88 years old, discusses his life as a gay man in Toronto from the early twentieth century onwards. The interview begins with Sproule describing his coming out experience when he was 18 and lived in…

DP001 - Amita (Final Transcript).pdf
This interview with Amita Handa on June 4th, 2015 is largely dedicated to a careful critique of the benefits and dangers of identity politics and intersectional theory, as well as a summary of the arts and culture she and her colleagues were involved…

Interview with Bill Atkinson.JPG
In this oral history interview, Bill Atkinson, a 67 years old gay man, describes the traumatic experience of being cashiered from the navy during a period of gay witch-hunts beginning in the late 1950s. Bill describes his life before, during and…

As an excerpt from the documentary Stand Together (2002), this video looks at lesbian and gay liberation in the 1960s-1970s in Canada. Through interviews, the video focuses on issues in Ontario such as police persecution (including blackmailing…

Clip is an edited selection of primary source images, documents, and videos of the Pride movement in Toronto during the late 1970's, featuring rallies, protests, and marches against anti-gay activist Anita Bryant, police violence, and anti-gay…
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