Author: Andy Huynh

PPOHP: Phase 2

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The Pussy Palace Oral History Project is wrapping up interviews and moving to phase 2! Our interviews have asked narrators to speak to a variety of themes including aesthetics, sense memory, inclusivity, policing, and queer sex culture. You can look forward to new video shorts using the interview footage. Make sure you follow us on all our other social media platforms to stay up to date.   What kind of videos would you like to see?  Pussy Palace logo […]

Safe For Whom? Joseph Plaster

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Catching up on queer public history reading!  Inspired by Joey Plaster’s amazing work on the Polk St: Lives in Transition Project. See his “Safe for Whom” article, 2020.  Plaster’s public oral history project that he did in 2008 to 2010 called “Polk St: Lives in Transition,” focuses on the gentrifying San Francisco. He did 70 oral histories in partnership with the GLBT historical society.  His argues that oral history can also be a powerful tool […]

#StillBisexual

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Check out the #StillBisexual project! This project features 100+ videos ranging from 2015-2019, highlighting and debunking stereotypes on bisexuality. #StillBisexual promotes the acceptance, understanding and visibility of the bisexual identity. In doing so, the project fosters inclusivity not just for bisexuals but pansexuals, fluid and queer people among the larger LGBTQIA+ community. (StillBisexual, 2015). More of the #StillBisexual Project can be found here: stillbisexual.com(Logo taken from #StillBisexual website then edited).

PPOHP: The Settlement

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Did you know that members of the Toronto Women’s Bathhouse Settlement Committee prioritized the establishment of a transgender search policy in their settlement talks with the Toronto Police Services? This led to the first attempt to draft a trans-friendly search policy in 2005, which was donated to us by Chanelle Gallant. Check out the first draft of this policy, including Chanelle’s first edits: More of The Pussy Palace Project can be found hereMore of The […]

Oregon State University’s Queer Archives

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Check out Oregon State University’s Queer Archives! 18 video interviews collected by undergrad students at Oregon State in 2016-2017. “The mission of the OSU Queer Archives is to preserve and share the stories, histories, and experiences of LGBTQ+ people within the OSU and Corvallis communities.” You can find the project and videos here (Main image taken from OSU’s website then edited).

Nicholas Hrynyk’s Work on Queer & Disability History

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Check out this article by Nicholas Hrynyk at University of Toronto! Hrynyk talks about the intersections of disability, the HIV/AIDS epidemic and Gay Male Masculinity in the 1980s! Nicholas Hrynyk was kind enough to provide a link to his article AND a podcast where he discusses his work on queer and disability history! Link to the article: https://dsq-sds.org/article/view/7148/5950Link to the podcast: http://dishist.org/?p=1685 You can find more of Nicholas Hrynyk’s work on his website here: https://nicholas-hrynyk.com/ […]

PPOHP: The 20th Anniversary Panel

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Did you know that the Toronto Women’s Bathhouse Committee, the organizing group behind the Pussy Palace events, formed in 1998 to create sex-positive spaces for queer women? Organizer Chanelle Gallant positioned the events as a natural outgrowth of sex-positive queer feminist culture, while Carlyle Jansen highlighted the need for “outreach to queer women’s communities about safer sex.” Check out what some of the organizers had to say at the 20th anniversary panel event hosted by […]

PPOHP: The Fundraiser

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Did you know that the TWBC hosted a fundraiser to help raise legal fees for the 2 folks charged at the Pussy Palace? Check out this event flyer, donated by Chanelle Gallant. Attendees watched live performances & danced the night away! Check out the event flyer and buttons, donated by TWBC member Chanelle Gallant. More of The Pussy Palace Oral History Project here