Author: Andy Huynh

Pussy Palace Oral History Project: Tangible Traces: Searching for the Pussy Palace Polaroids

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By Alisha Stranges and Elio Colavito  Did you know that the 2000 Pussy Palace had an instant photo room? On the fourth floor of the Palace, a sign reading “porn/photo room” directed patrons in two equally playful directions: towards a room for screening pornography and/or towards a room for having Polaroids taken to document one’s night at the bathhouse (Blair 163; Vogels paras. 10-13). In our most recent oral history interview, Carlyle Jansen, one of the founding members of the Toronto […]

Trans Activism Oral History Project – Lin Fraser

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Excerpt from the Trans Activism Oral History Project – Presented in Collaboration with the LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory (project lead, Dr. Elspeth Brown), the Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria, and The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives. Lin Fraser (she/her) interviewed by Dr. Evan Taylor (they/them).Original recording using Zoom platform on Feb. 7, 2020. To view the full interview, visit: (Part 1) https://vimeo.com/533133073 & (Part 2) https://vimeo.com/533145429 More on the Trans Activism Oral History […]

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

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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

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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

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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!

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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 […]

Trans Activism Oral History Project: Lynn Conway Clip #2

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Lynn Conway (she/her) interviewed by Dr. Evan Taylor (they/them)Original recording using Zoom platform on February 4, 2020. Lynn talks about her life history from her 1968 firing from IBM, to her outing and activism in the early 2000’s, as well as her enormously successful online website and organizing. Trans Activism Oral History Project – Presented in Collaboration with the LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory (project lead, Dr. Elspeth Brown), the Transgender Archives at the University […]

HIS395 Video Project: “Time Heals All Wounds?” by Alessandra Salvati

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Elspeth Brown on her LGBQT2+ Oral History class at the University of Toronto-Mississauga. The class, which focused on queer oral history method and production, had students create a short digital story based on a significant historical event from Toronto’s queer community. Professor Brown wanted me to send you along this information so that you could add it to the Collaboratory social media. This project focuses on the Bathhouse Raids in 1981, where 4 gay bathhouses […]