All posts filed under: Uncategorized

Updates from the Trans Oral History Project: Jude Patton

Uncategorized

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 […]

Meet Our Collaborating Scholars: Dr. Aaron Devor

Uncategorized

As the Collaboratory works to connect LGBTQ digital histories projects across Canada and the U.S., our Collaborators share resources and expertise, and develop new methods in conversation. We invite you to meet our collaborating scholars – read on to learn more about some of the incredible work they have underway.  Dr. Aaron Devor, (PhD, FSSS, FSTLHE), is the Founder and Academic Director of The Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria, the Founder and Inaugural […]

Meet Our Collaborating Scholars: Professor Elise Chenier

Uncategorized

As the Collaboratory works to connect LGBTQ digital histories projects across Canada and the U.S., our Collaborators share resources and expertise, and develop new methods in conversation. We invite you to meet our collaborating scholars – read on to learn more about some of the incredible work they have underway.  Professor Elise Chenier is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Simon Fraser University, where she teaches courses in the history of sexuality, […]

Meet Our Collaborating Scholars: Dr. KJ Rawson

Uncategorized

As the Collaboratory works to connect LGBTQ digital histories projects across Canada and the U.S., our Collaborators share resources and expertise, and develop new methods in conversation. We invite you to meet our collaborating scholars – read on to learn more about some of the incredible work they have underway.  Dr. KJ Rawson (he/him/his) is an Associate Professor in the English Department at the College of the Holy Cross, and Director of the Digital Transgender Archive – a collaborative online hub of […]

Welcome to the Team: Elizabeth Holliday

Uncategorized

Hi there folx! My name is Elizabeth Holliday (they/them/Mx.), and I’m a new Research Assistant with Dr. Brown in the Collaboratory. My duties include a whole variety of things, including posting on this website, which is why you’re getting an introduction to me straight from me. Read on to learn a little about me, and I’ll catch you on our social medias! Born and raised on Sḵwx̱wú7mesh territory in British Columbia, I moved to Tkaranto […]

The Queer Peel Oral History Project: Queer Histories from Edge Cities

Uncategorized

Meet our new undergraduate research assistant, Luke Drummond (he/him or they/them), as he introduces you to The Peel Oral History Project! Luke is a fourth year English undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, Mississauga, and is currently working as Dr. Elspeth Brown’s research assistant, helping develop her course on queer oral histories of Peel. Fun fact: Luke is fluent in American Sign Language! The Queer Peel Oral History Project, conducted by Dr. Elspeth Brown for her […]

Welcome to the Team: Dr. Evan T. Taylor

Uncategorized

We’re excited to announce the addition of a new member of our team – Dr. Evan Taylor! Our new Post-Doctoral Fellow in Trans Oral History, Evan holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Social Work, and a PhD from the University of British Columbia’s Department of Language and Literacy Education.Evan’s considerable experience has found them working at the intersections of LGBTQ+ identity, Trans(gender) literacy, health literacy, and culturally appropriate access to public institutions and citizenship for […]

Digitizing Archival Cassette Tapes: A Brief How-To

Uncategorized
Image caption: Interview with John Nixon, one of the cassette tapes housed at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives in the Foolscap fonds. Cassette label reads “Toronto Nov. 7/1982 side one of 1st taped interview with John N., convicted boy lover & homosexual”.

Between 1981 and 1986, The Foolscap Gay Oral History Project collected over 100 oral histories with Canadian gay men born in the first half of the 20th century. These interviews, conducted by John Grube and Lionel Collier, were informed by conditions contemporaneous to the project: Operation Soap (police harassment of gay men), HIV/ AIDS, and the proliferation of queer community spaces and groups in Toronto. These interviews were originally recorded on cassette tapes, which have […]

Where Once Stood a Bandstand for Cruising & Shelter

Uncategorized

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 […]

Some Thoughts on Michelle Mohabeer’s Child-Play (1997)

Uncategorized

TW: Description of a film that deals with child abuse Some Thoughts on Child-Play: a self indulgent rant by an over-eager cinema student We’ve been struggling to make our digital exhibition on SAVAC’s Not a Place on the Map Desh Pardesh oral history project more visual. The oral history interviews are riveting, but as an audience, it’d be hard to stay interested in around 36 hours of raw tapes. I was surprised and excited to […]