Author: Elspeth Brown

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 […]

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. 

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.  

On the Record, On the Stand

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We’re happy to present our brand-new series, On the Record, On the Stand! This 6-week series showcases excerpts from the 2021 oral history interview and the 2001 court testimony of Pussy Palace security volunteer, Renee Racine. Racine was present for the police raid of the September 14, 2000, bathhouse event and later testified for the defense during the civil proceedings brought against 2 fellow security volunteers. Stay tuned to see how Racine reflects on her experiences both then and now. See you next week!  

PPOHP: Call For Applications For a Remote Video/Audio Editor

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We seek a skilled media maker who can edit video and audio files as part of the workflow in making our oral histories accessible to the public through video shorts, digital exhibitions, and other public-facing research outcomes (e.g. podcasts). You will work closely with and report to the PPOHP Project Manager, Alisha Stranges, who will be directing the creative activation of our archival and historical work. As a multi-media editor, you should be able to bring sight and sound together to create captivating final products. This is a part time, limited term position (10 hrs/week).  To apply, send the following […]

Introducing the Queer View Mirror Oral History Project

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

The LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory is happy to announce the Queer View Mirror Oral History Project! A community-based oral history project led by long-time activist Ed Jackson, Queer View Mirror will focus on collecting oral histories from Toronto lesbian and gay activists involved in 1970s and 1980s activism. The Collaboratory is happy to provide Ed and his project with assistance and student support. Read on to learn more about this exciting project and what […]

Queer Peel Oral History Project!

oral history / public humanities / trans history

What’s it like to be LGBTQ2+ in Canadian suburbs and edge cities? We’ve next to no primary sources about queer and trans life in Canada’s ‘burbs and edge cities, so my students and I decided to create some. This spring, students in my 3rd year history course at the University of Toronto, Mississauga conducted 25 oral histories with LGBTQ2+ activists, students, alums, and residents of the Peel region in the Greater Toronto Area. Our goal […]

Updates from the Trans Oral History Project: Dallas Denny

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Our Trans Oral History Project is underway, led by Post-Doctoral fellow Dr. Evan Taylor and partnered with the University of Victoria’s Transgender Archives. As they collect oral history interviews with trans elders about their history of activism on behalf of trans people and communities, Dr. Taylor will be passing on some updates to keep you in the loop about this exciting project! Our Trans Oral History project just recorded an oral history interview with legendary trans activist Dallas Denny, […]

Updates from the Trans Oral History Project: Jude Patton

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Our Trans Oral History Project is underway, led by Post-Doctoral fellow Dr. Evan Taylor and partnered with the University of Victoria’s Transgender Archives. As they collect oral history interviews with trans elders about their history of activism on behalf of trans people and communities, Dr. Taylor will be passing on some updates to keep you in the loop about this exciting project! We recently recorded a trans oral history interview with Jude Patton – a […]