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University of Alberta Gay Organizations

The Gay Alliance Toward Equality (GATE) organization, described in Series 1, had its beginnings as a campus-centered group in that its meeting space was adjacent to the campus, and early members of the group were primarily University of Alberta students and faculty. By the late 1970’s, GATE had moved downtown, and in 1978 the short-lived Edmonton Lesbian and Gay Rights Organization (ELGRO) registered as the first queer official student club. In 1984, 75 students formed GALOC (Gays and Lesbians on Campus) and an early initiative was publishing The Pink Triangle, a gay oriented supplement to the student newspaper The Gateway. GALOC launched Gay and Lesbian Awareness (GALA) week ca. 1985, as the University of Alberta’s first Pride celebration. In the fall of 1994, GALOC rebranded itself as LesBiGay UofA, and the name changed again in 1995 to B-Glad. Since the 1990’s there have been several queer based groups organized on campus, and in 2008, the Institute for Sexual Minority Policies and Services was established as a research centre in the Faculty of Education. (Information referenced from Bruce Cinnamon’s article found at citymuseumedmonton.ca/2015/10/19/queers-on-campus/).

This series consists of just five files, but as records accrue, this series is expected to expand. The extant files are all related to GALOC except for one poster pertaining to Women’s Studies on campus. GATE records are described in Series 1, and editions of the Pink Triangle newspaper are listed as part of Series 13. Campus Pride Festival events and activities were kept where they were originally located with the Pride planning files described in Series 5. Finally, one file related to ELGRO mentioned in the history is located with Box 36, folder 54).

Gay and Lesbian Community Centre of Edmonton (GLCCE / Pride Centre of Edmonton

The Gay and Lesbian Community Centre (GLCCE) was incorporated as the new name for the Gay Alliance Toward Equality (GATE) in November 1987 when GATE reapplied for Society status. GLCCE continued in the role of an information/educational centre, complete with a library, telephone information line, drop-in hours, printed information hand-outs, activities bulletin board and peer counselling services provided by GLCCE trained volunteer counselors. Various workshops and support groups for the gay community were administered by and run out of the Centre, and speakers and information provided on request to the Edmonton community and media. Additionally, GLCCE offered social activities including dances, coffee houses and video nights. In 2004, GLCCE was restructured and renamed the Pride Centre of Edmonton, continuing to function as a LGBTQ community resource centre and community gathering space

This series consists of GLCCE records, and one file of Pride Centre records. The files are related to the administration of the Centre, and include correspondence, financial statements, meeting documents, and information resources. A set of five audio cassette tapes are included with the series, involving interviews with individuals significant to the gay movement and history of Edmonton.

AIDS Network / HIV Edmonton

The AIDS Network of Edmonton Society, founded by Michael Phair and five others, was incorporated as a non-profit society in 1984. The Society was formed to respond to the growing number of AIDS related diseases being diagnosed amongst the gay community world-wide and the first identified case of AIDS (for a man named Ross Armstrong) in Edmonton. The Society’s mandate was to offer support to individuals with AIDS and ARC (Aids Related Complex), as well as provide education for the general public and high risk groups, and liaise with other agencies and institutions. The Network utilized the services of a large corps of trained volunteers, who were involved with support groups, individual counselling, and a befriending program. A large part of the Society’s efforts, once charitable status was granted, involved fundraising, and numerous benefits and charity events centered on the goal of raising monies for the Society and its work. Money from fundraising went to producing informational pamphlets and overheads for slides, and acquiring office space for the AIDS Network. The AIDS Network established GMOC (Gay Men’s Outreach Committee) ca. 1991 as a peer education project for gay and bisexual men, with the stated goal of being “positive role models for gay or bisexual men and to support them in making healthy lifestyle choices”. (Folder 23). In 1999, the AIDS Network of Edmonton changed its name to HIV Edmonton, and its work is ongoing.

This series consists of the AIDS Network of Edmonton’s administrative files including constitution and certificate of Incorporation; fundraising and educational resources; as well as a sub-series of records related to the Gay Men’s Outreach Committee (GMOC).

Gay and Lesbian Awareness (GALA)

The Gay and Lesbian Awareness (GALA) Society was formed in 1984 as a representative committee struck to petition the city of Edmonton to declare a Gay and Lesbian Awareness Day and Celebration Week for June 1984. GALA incorporated as a non-profit society in May of 1987 and after incorporation, broadened its mandate to include promoting awareness of the gay community and dealing with issues affecting them among Edmonton’s general public. An umbrella group, the GALA Civil Rights Committee, was formed to consider matters of civil rights and the law for Edmonton’s gay community (See Series 9). A second umbrella GALA committee concerned with PRIDE planning and events was also active (See Series 5), and in 1992, a GALA-Police Liaison Committee was established. Both the civil rights work (including the police liaison committee work) and the PRIDE festival planning expanded beyond the confines of GALA, and their work was eventually taken over by other organizing bodies. It appears the final year of GALA’s registration as a Society was in 1994, and post-1994 GALA efforts were largely handled by the Gay and Lesbian Community Centre of Edmonton. The PRIDE Committee work was eventually taken over by the Edmonton Pride Festival Society.

This series consists of GALA’s administrative records including their bylaws and constitution; financial statements; meeting minutes; and correspondence. In addition, there are copies of GALA grant applications, and records related to a GALA sponsored Symposium entitled “Flaunting It!” held in Edmonton in 1990. The meeting minutes and documents of the GALA-Police Liaison Committee are retained in this series, although after 1994, the Committee broadens its title to the LGBTQ Community/Edmonton Police Service Liaison Committee, and committee records continue until 2005.

Gay Alliance Towards Equity (GATE)

The Gay Alliance Toward Equality (GATE) formed ca. 1971-1972, originated as a University of Alberta student and faculty group lobbying to change laws discriminating against homosexuals. They were established as part of a wave of like groups across the continent responding to moves by the Canadian and American government to decriminalize homosexuality. Early GATE organizers were Michael Roberts, Bob Emery, Bill Booth, Tom Hutchinson, and M.A. Mumert. Incorporated under the Societies Act of Alberta in August, 1977, GATE’s first constitution was approved in 1978. GATE offices moved from the campus area to a downtown location in the late 1970’s, distancing the organization both physically and philosophically from a purely university activist organization into one more representative of the general gay community in Edmonton. The emphasis was now on social service to the gay community, including operating as a drop-in centre; hosting a Speakers’ Bureau; offering a phone-in line for information as well as a peer-counseling program; establishing a library; and planning social outings. Additionally, GATE continued to advocate for civil rights for gays and lesbians and served as a communications hub for members of Edmonton’s gay community. They also took part in national issues and organizations and some reorganization of the Executive was required by the mid-1980’s to facilitate the growth of the organization and the increase in types of activities. GATE’s activities were supported by funds generated by social events, contributions and an annual membership fee. However, due to financial mis-management and poor record keeping, GATE lost its Societies Act registration in 1986. A reapplication was made in 1987, but a new name had to be created as a condition for regaining their status. This was accomplished, and on November 4, 1987 GATE’s name was incorporated as the Gay and Lesbian Community Centre of Edmonton (GLCCE). (See Series 4.)

This series consists of GATE’s administrative records including their bylaws and constitution; financial statements; meeting minutes; and correspondence. In addition, there are copies of the GATE newsletter, two grant applications, and records related to GATE’s counselling program, and their social activities.

Gay and Lesbian Archives of Edmonton fonds

  • CA EDM MS-595
  • Fonds
  • 1969 - 2010

The Gay and Lesbian Archives captures many aspects of Edmonton’s gay and lesbian population, ca. 1970 to the mid-2000s and the growth of organizations and groups to facilitate and serve them. The primary organizations represented in the fonds, and described as the first four series of the fonds are: the Gay Alliance Toward Equality (GATE), Gay and Lesbian Awareness (GALA), the AIDS Network of Edmonton Society, and the Gay and Lesbian Community Centre of Edmonton (GLCCE). Within each of these organizations, are administrative records including bylaws, constitution, meeting minutes and documents, financial statements, and correspondence, as well as any type of activity or committee records maintained by the said organization. There is inter-relatedness to many of these organizations, and the boundaries between their activities and mandate can be hard to distinguish from one another. Series 5, as an example, is the Edmonton Pride Festival Society records, which had origins with both GALA and GLCCE but outgrew both organizations to form its own society in 1999, and is concerned with numerous on-going annual pride events organized for Edmonton. Other series in the fonds that have origins in earlier organizations include Series 9: Civil/Human Rights; Series 12: Organizations; and Series 13: Resources and References. Responsibilities for collecting in these series shifted as organizations and their committees closed and reopened under new names and structures, and so the decision was made to organize the records within separate series to better describe them and capture this evolution. The remaining series in the fonds represents a way to organize the records to reflect what has already been donated, but also allow for expansion as further accruals are received. Smaller series in the fonds include series 6, the University of Alberta Gay organizations; series 7: Sporting Associations; and Series 10, Youth Related Organizations and Resources. While relatively small yet in extent, there is the potential for growth within each of these series as new University-related groups, sporting organizations, and youth-focused associations relating to Edmonton’s GLBQT population form. Gay cultural and social organizations were also established in Edmonton, and two of the series in the fonds relate directly to these: Series 8 is records of the Vocal Minority Music Society which later became Edmonton Vocal Minority, and Series 11 contains records from some of the clubs and entertainment venues that operated in Edmonton. The connection between series is again obvious, as for example, the gay entertainment clubs often hosted events and activities as fundraisers for the Aids Network of Edmonton. Continued expansion in these series is also likely. A final series was created to capture those files created by Michael Phair, a well-known Edmontonian and activist for the gay community of Edmonton. His name is connected with many of the groups represented in this fonds, and he was a prime mover behind the gathering and preserving of the Gay and Lesbian archive.

Gay and Lesbian Archives of Edmonton

Kinsmen Club of St. Albert fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1964 - 2000

This fonds consists of records pertaining to the Kinsmen Club of St. Albert administration, committees, events and projects. Records include minutes, event planning notes, photographs, Kinsmen newsletters, handbooks, scrapbook, club history.

Kinsmen Club of St. Albert

Sturgeon Toastmistress Club fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1970 - 2000

This fonds consists of records pertaining to the Sturgeon International Toastmistress Club, the local chapter of the ITC in St. Albert. Records include photographs, newspaper clippings, books, certificates, membership rosters and directories.

Sturgeon Toastmistress Club

St. Albert District Scouts fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1962, 1980 - 2000

This fonds consists of records pertaining to the St. Albert District Scouts. Records include certificates, Scouts badges, brochures and posters, photographs and slides.

St. Albert District Scouts

Grande Prairie Royal Purple, No. 107

  • CA GPR 0273
  • Fonds
  • 1947-1996

The fonds consists of Royal Purple history records from 1947-1977, minutes from 1948-1982, financial records from 1973-1996, photographs from 1950-1996, publications from 1955-1995, and news clippings both loose and in a scrapbook from 1960-1996.

Grande Prairie Royal Purple, No. 107

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