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Our Past Matters: Stories of Gay Calgary

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Kevin Allen's Our Past Matters: Stories of Gay Calgary walks the reader through the back alleys and underground gathering spaces of the city's early gay community. Meet the characters, martyrs and heroes who helped forge the LGBTQ2 human rights we have today. This entertaining and authoritative account of a Calgary few know is a major addition to the many-hued and complex ...more
Paperback, 153 pages
Published 2018 by ASPublishing
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Alexa The Art Hoe
It is lovely to have a book that documents the history of queer folk in this city! We have always been here. It was fantastic reading about my local neighborhoods and provide context to their history. Fantastic work being done here.
I would have loved to read more diverse stories about my city but I’m also very aware that many of those stories have been hidden well from history by these very communities as a form of protection. I get it. It’s a complicated topic. When you are talking about people
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Erin
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is impeccably researched, and even more impressive is knowing how difficult it was to unearth a history that was buried in closets (no pun intended - probably), garages, and in between the pages of books. It's really an overview rather than a deep intimate evaluation, and one of the best things about it is realising how much more history lies behind these words than what is written on the page. I look forward to reading more of Kevin Allen's words and research if he decides to continue ...more
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