Author: Elspeth Brown

Trans Oral Histories: the Transgender History Project of the Upper Midwest

archiving oral history / trans history

I realize that even though the website has a fantastic collection of websites concerning LGBTQ oral history, put together by Cait McKinney, I have not actually had the time to go through them all, and reflect on what they offer. I’m in the process of putting together a new course on Queer and Trans Oral History, and this seems like a perfect moment to explore some of these sites and reflect on some of their […]

Where Once Stood a Bandstand for Cruising & Shelter


This past weekend, Toronto was alive throughout the night for Nuit Blanche, an annual night-time arts festival. The city was transformed by four large-scale exhibitions installed across the city that brought together contemporary art reflecting on revolution, activism, indigeneity and futurity. Carried out as a part of the “Taking to the Streets” exhibition for Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017, interdisciplinary artist (and CLGA volunteer!) Hazel Meyer dropped banners throughout the night from the stop of a […]

Publishing and Queer/Trans Public Praxis


As historians such as myself move from more traditional forms of scholarly work to a form of ongoing digital “making” that is the work of the Collaboratory, how do we make this work professionally legible? I have the great fortune to be tenured, so for me the stakes are not quite as high as they are for my more junior colleagues, where digital humanities and community-engaged research and scholarship remain, sadly, invisible and unvalued in […]

Mirha-Soleil Ross in the Archives: Transsexual Artist, Sex Worker, and Activist

trans history

The Collaboratory is beginning its work in organizing the archives of this amazing transsexual artist and activist, housed at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives in Toronto. Eight years ago, while CLGA was moving into its current location at 34 Isabella Street, a large collection of Mirha-Soleil Ross’ personal papers, videos, notebooks and other material arrived at the archives. This week, Cait McKinney (Collaboratory postdoctoral fellow) and Aaron Cain (CLGA volunteer and iSchool grad student) […]