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Prairie Fairies: A History of Queer Communities and People in Western Canada, 1930-1985

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Prairie Fairies draws upon a wealth of oral, archival, and cultural histories to recover the experiences of queer urban and rural people in the prairies. Focusing on five major urban centres, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Edmonton, and Calgary, Prairie Fairies explores the regional experiences and activism of queer men and women by looking at the community centres, ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published May 30th 2018 by University of Toronto Press
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Mandy
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was one of my random requests to NetGalley for a book that simply sounded unusual and original, even though patently one about a topic that I might not be expected to be interested in. But I love to explore the byways of history and this book turned out to be both fascinating and illuminating. It explores the experiences of gay and lesbian people in the prairies of Canada between 1930 and 1985, not an area of the country I would have associated with the LGBTQ community. Delving into the ...more
Kendra
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
A well-written, empathetic, and fascinating account of lesbian and gay citizens of Canada's prairie provinces. While there is some bi erasure in this book, it is otherwise strong in documentation of queer history in both the large cities and smaller rural towns of these provinces, taking into account First Nations, Metis, and colonizer politics and relationships; the problems of identity that persist in dividing LGBTTQIAA+ communities; and the difficulty of finding individuals willing to share ...more
Yuu
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I read LGBTQ history, I often find it kind of an alienating experience; usually the places and communities covered don't feel like they have any relevance to my life - they might as well be discussing events that took place on Mars. Not so with this book. It's a useful read for LGB people living in the prairies - those of us interested in a queer history that is actually relevant to where we live, who we are, and the past experiences of people who are like us.

I especially appreciated that
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Lindsay ⭐ [TrulyBooked]
I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

Prairie Fairies is a well-written and fascinating look at queer life in the prairies. I'll be the first to admit that I never would have considered what queer life would be like in the prairie provinces. In my mind, people who were queer would end up migrating toward the largest cities that they could find.

What Prarie Fairies does so well is it breathes life into what could very easily become dull. Korinek took me by the hand and led
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Bradley  West
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
So far, so good.

This is a mix of text book meets novel - and what an amazing collection of knowledge's and understandings of queer life in our prairie past - and how, it moved and shaped us, to where we are today.

Having taken my first steps into the queer community in Winnipeg, a full decade after the last date of this research time frame, it was lovely to see names and stories I recognized from those earlier days - some were already local legends; some were still around, making names and
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