On the Record, On the Stand

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Pussy Palace Oral History Project narrator, Renee Racine, was a security volunteer at the September 14, 2000, bathhouse — the night the event was raided by Toronto police. She later testified in court in defense of two fellow security volunteers charged with contravening the Liquor License Act in Her Majesty the Queen v. Hornick and Aitcheson (OCJ, 2001). Both on the stand in 2001 and on the record 20 years later, Racine reflects on the immediate impact of the raid once police had vacated the premises. 

On the Record, On the Stand

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Pussy Palace Oral History Project narrator, Renee Racine, was a security volunteer at the September 14, 2000, bathhouse — the night the event was raided by Toronto police. She later testified in court in defense of two fellow security volunteers charged with contravening the Liquor License Act in Her Majesty the Queen v. Hornick and Aitcheson (OCJ, 2001). Both on the stand in 2001 and on the record 20 years later, Racine recalls vividly a troubling encounter between police officers and Palace patrons. 

On the Record, On the Stand

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Pussy Palace Oral History Project narrator, Renee Racine, was a security volunteer at the September 14, 2000, bathhouse — the night the event was raided by Toronto police. She later testified in court in defense of two fellow security volunteers charged with contravening the Liquor License Act in Her Majesty the Queen v. Hornick and Aitcheson (OCJ, 2001). Both on the stand in 2001 and on the record 20 years later, Racine describes her on-the-ground observations while the raid was in progress. 

AIDS Activist History Project: A History of AIDS Activism in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Nova Scotia

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Check out the AIDS Activist History Project: A History of AIDS Activism in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Nova Scotia

This project features 60+ interviews from these locations with both dates and transcripts available! The site also links to a myriad of ephemera, features, and memorial pages.
(Images taken from project website)

More of the project here
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On the Stand, On the Record

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Pussy Palace Oral History Project narrator, Renee Racine, was a security volunteer at the September 14, 2000, bathhouse — the night the event was raided by Toronto police. She later testified in court in defense of two fellow security volunteers charged with contravening the Liquor License Act in Her Majesty the Queen v. Hornick and Aitcheson (OCJ, 2001). Both on the stand in 2001 and on the record 20 years later, Racine recalls what it was like to discover a police presence in the bathhouse.  

Pussy Palace Oral History Project: Why?

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Pussy Palace Oral History Project narrator, Renee Racine, was a security volunteer at the September 14, 2000, bathhouse — the night the event was raided by Toronto police. She later testified in court in defense of two fellow security volunteers charged with contravening the Liquor License Act in Her Majesty the Queen v. Hornick and Aitcheson (OCJ, 2001). Both on the stand in 2001 and on the record 20 years later, Racine reflects on the intentions of the Pussy Palace bathhouse events and what motivated her to volunteer in the first place.  

For more information about the project, visit here

Blogpost on The Louisiana Trans Oral History Project

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Image taken from Louisiana Trans Oral History Project’s website

Much like other trans oral history projects, the Louisiana Trans Oral History Project aims to share, preserve and document the trans experience. The project was founded in 2020 and currently has 12 interviews on their website. An unusual but refreshing and interesting aspect of the project is that in these 12 interviews, 2 members of the project’s core team share their story. Both Dre Tarleton and Emmie Saux talk about their experience with gender identity and finding a community through the project’s journey. Through this process, the efforts to preserve and share the trans experience of Louisiana becomes personalized. The efforts of Dre Tarleton and Emmie Saux break the ice for other trans individuals of Louisiana to share their story as well. 

This project features storis from Peyton Michelle, the first out trans woman elected in Louisiana, and Sally Jackson who reflects on her experiences being queer in Louisiana before the 1990s. It is stories like these that help normalize trans existence while also demonstrating that trans lives are not always centred around their gender identity. Additionally, the project emphasizes the importance of location and how the trans experience might differ from one to another in different geographies. In this case, the project provides a glimpse into the queer livelihood, community, and history of Louisiana.

More of the Louisiana Trans Oral History Project can be found here
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