Edmonton Queer History Project

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

Thank You for Contributing to Edmonton Queer History Days

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Thank you to all of those who participated in our “Edmonton Queer History Days” at the Edmonton Public Library January 11th, 18th and 25th. Many moving stories were shared and video recorded and treasure was collected for the city and provincial archives. Our “35 years of pride” exhibition at the Art Gallery of Alberta (June 5th – 19th) will be richer because of you.

Did you want to share your story but were unable to attend? Do you still have material that you would like to scan or share? Stop by the Makerspace at Stanley Milner Library during library hours and the librarians would be happy to assist you.

Do you have material that you would like to contribute to our exhibition or to the city archives? Email us at edmontonqueerhistoryproject@gmail.com and we will work with you to arrange pick-up or delivery.

Here are a few of the treasures that were shared:


Photos and Material from the Maureen Irwin Collection. Her Son was kind enough to stop by and show us a few items. We hope to have a more comprehensive entry on Maureen compiled by her family and friends.


Team Edmonton was kind enough to share some of the medals and material celebrating sport. Team Edmonton was a key inclusive space for many and contributed to building friendship and community through the love of sport.

First Mayor's Pride Brunch QC Gu, Phair, Blakeman, Sam, Jill Delarue, Carl Swanson, Emily Johnson, Mayor Mandel

This Photo was taken at the First Mayor’s Pride Brunch. Today, the brunch is a jam-packed event filled with many politicians and business leaders. First Mayor’s Pride Brunch QC Gu, Phair, MLA Laurie Blakeman, Sam, Jill Delarue, Carl Swanson, Emily Johnson, Mayor Mandel

Cards (Here is a link to many membership cards from clubs and meeting places of days past)

Newspaper (here is a scanned copy of a newspaper article from 1997 where the Alberta Government was resisting the inclusion of gay rights)

We hope that many more stories will be shared and this site will become a wikipedia of knowledge for future generations of authors, historians, musicians, or curious citizens.

Is someone or something missing? Let us know! Got a story? Write it up and we will share it!

Contact: edmontonqueerhistoryproject@gmail.com

Thank you again to the Makerspace staff and the EPL team for their assistance in making this event a success! Thank you to all those who came and contributed and shared their stories!


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