Month: March 2021

All the Right Questions: Demography, Sense Memory, and the Many Narrators of the Pussy Palace Raid

archiving oral history / community-based oral history / gay history / oral history

By Elio Colavito and Alisha Stranges The Pussy Palace Oral History Project, a collaboration between The ArQuives and the LGBTQ+ Oral History Digital Collaboratory, has finally reached the interviewing stage. We are collecting oral history interviews with patrons, event organizers, those involved in the police action, the subsequent legal case, and community activism related to the Toronto police raid of the September 14, 2000 Pussy Palace, an exclusive bathhouse event for queer women, trans, and […]

The Dragon Fruit Project: An Intergenerational API LGBTQ Oral History Project

archiving oral history / community-based oral history / gay history / oral history

How might being both queer and an Asian-American impact an individual’s life while growing up in the 1960s-90s? Are the stories of queer Asian and Pacific Islanders important to analyze to better contextualize what it means to be queer? What were the experiences of these individuals growing up prior to the 1990s? How might re-telling the stories of queer Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders of the 60s-90s benefit us today?  These are the types of questions […]

Interview with Jehuda Tjahjadi on “Stories Worth Telling” Video Project

archiving oral history / community-based oral history / gay history / oral history / public humanities / Uncategorized

Earlier this year, Jehuda Tjahjadi’s video project for Professor Elspeth Brown’s LGBQT2+ Oral History course at the University of Toronto-Mississauga was published on The Collab’s website. The video project focuses on 1999 BIPOC Pride which can be found here. Last week, I conducted a brief interview on Jehuda’s experience with Professor Brown’s class, any shortcomings while making the project, and his thoughts on queer oral history! Thank you Jehuda for agreeing to have a chat […]

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS!

archiving oral history / community-based oral history / gay history / oral history / public humanities / Uncategorized

The ArQuives and The University of Toronto’s LGBTQ+ Oral History Digital Collaboratory are conducting an oral history project about the 2000 “Pussy Palace” Raid, Canada’s last major bathhouse police raid. Whether you attended the event on the night of the raid or were involved with the police action, the legal case, or related activism, we’d love for you to share your story. Interested in participating? Contact us: oralhistories@arquives.ca For more information about the project, please visit […]