Have a warped weekend!
Have a warped weekend!
Issues of The Body Politic gay and lesbian liberation magazine (1971-1987, Toronto) are online as scans and plain text here: archive.org
The CLGA holds hard copies of the complete back catalogue of The Body Politic.
A reminder that the Internet Archive has scans of The Body Politic (1971-1987), the newspaper of record for the gay liberation movement in Canada. Fascinating read! Visit the CLGA in Toronto to flip through hard copies.
Elected in 1994, Barbara Hall became the first mayor of Toronto to march in the city’s Pride Parade. As a lawyer in the 1980s, Hall provided legal aid for gay men arrested in the Operation Soap bathhouse raids. Earlier this year, Toronto’s Cawthra Park was renamed after Barbara Hall in recognition of her long-time support for LGBT rights. The CLGA holds materials from Hall’s mayoral campaigns, including leaflets and pin buttons.
Hundreds of duplicate buttons from our archives, plus books and more, to be sold at FABULOUS JUNK: a CLGA rummage sale, Saturday, November 1, 2014, 12-5pm at the CLGA. Click here for details
George Hislop endorsed by The Body Politic in his run for Toronto city council, October 1980. Hislop was the first openly gay candidate for municipal office in Canada and the first openly gay candidate for any political office in Ontario. He lost the election, but remained an influential figure in Toronto’s gay community until his death on October 8, 2005.
An early ad for Glad Day Bookshop, “gay liberation book service,” printed in The Body Politic No. 4, May/June 1972.
Sea in the Blood. Richard Fung. 2000. 26 min. Canada.
Using old home movie footage from the ’50s shot in Trinidad, England and Canada, essayist and filmmaker Richard Fung interweaves his family’s encounter with blood disease thalassemia (“sea in the blood” in Greek) with his partner Tim’s struggle with HIV/AIDS. This film is part of the distribution collection of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). via Frameline Voices
Hundreds rally in support of family life after Toronto’s mayor speaks in support of a gay newspaper.
CBC-TV report on The National in 1979 following backlash against Toronto mayor John Sewell’s support for gay rights. The following year, Sewell endorsed openly gay candidate George Hislop running for alderman in Ward 6. Both Hislop and Sewell lost the 1980 election.
In Toronto 1979, Mayor John Sewell faced a media uproar and violent threats after publicly voicing his support for gay rights: “We know it’s not illegal to be gay. We should take the next step and make it clearly legitimate to be gay.” Video via Queerstory.
Les feluettes by Michel Marc Bouchard premiered in 1987, later translated and adapted from stage to screen in John Greyson’s Lilies (1996). Bouchard’s play Tom at the Farm (Tom à la ferme) will be performed at Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre this spring and was recently adapted into a film by Xavier Dolan.