Edmonton Queer History Project

Celebrating the People, Places, and Events that built the Queer Community in Edmonton


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Past Event: Diversity Conferences of Alberta Society (DCAS)

Diversity Conferences of Alberta Society [DCAS]

“Embracing spirituality embracing sexuality … to educate the mind, thus free the soul.”

Reverend Charles Bidwell connected us with an archived website of the Diversity Conferences of Alberta Society that was created to promote greater understanding and acceptance of LGBTQ individuals by and within churches.

Conferences were held in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2004. You can view the speakers list here:

http://www.ualberta.ca/~cbidwell/DCAS/

 On the DCAS page there are an extensive resources on faith, law, spirituality, education, school, and community issues. Viewing the conference agendas provides valuable insights into pressing issues of the time.
  • Did you attend?
  • What were your experiences with the faith community in Edmonton?
  • Did you see any of these speakers on other occasions?

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Pisces Bathhouse Raid: Edmonton’s Stonewall (May 20, 1981)

Do You have a story or photos about the Pisces Raid? Email it to: edmontonqueerhistoryproject@gmail.com and we will add it to the project website!

May 20, 1981: Pisces Health Spa in Edmonton, Alberta is raided by the City of Edmonton Police after a lengthly undercover investigation by the then called Morality Control Unit. Many of the 56 men police arrested eventually pleaded guilty, despite the fact that there was no evidence to suggest prostitutes were working in the spa, nor that minors were enticed to enter. Undercover police officers had acted as patrons of the Pisces Health Spa. A letter written by then Morality Control Unit Staff Sgt. J.W. Torgerson stated “For policemen…to associate with members of the ‘gay’ community on equal basis is worthy of note. Not only did they associate with these individuals, but also were subjected to sexual advances as well as observing personally revolting acts such as fellation and anal intercourse between males, (and)lastly, being recognized and treated as a gay person by members of the spa”.

Sources:

http://books.google.ca/books?id=mdo-95q2EYgC&pg=PA112&lpg=PA112&dq=pisces+raid+edmonton&source=bl&ots=Vxr_z1sUkD&sig=OyE-2M5FxGa4mB8n3l3k6Wu6Om0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=daXFU_7cK-SbjALevoHgBg&ved=0CDMQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=pisces%20raid%20edmonton&f=false

Do You have a story or photos about the Pisces Raid? Email it to: edmontonqueerhistoryproject@gmail.com and we will add it to the documentation!