Queerstory

Explore the sites and sounds of Toronto’s vibrant and storied queer history with Queerstory, a free locative app. This walking tour app will lead you to more than 30 points of interest where significant events occurred. Navigate through intriguing sites and uncover the political, cultural and social history of Toronto’s queer community. Experience 47 unique mini-docs with rare archival footage and interviews that span over a century of queer history! http://www.queerstory.ca/queerstory-app/
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Tim McCaskell recounts the demonstrations at 52 Division to protest the violence and homophobia expressed by police at the 1981 Toronto bathhouse raids. The crowds demanded police accountability to gay and other minority communities facing police harassment.

Tim McCaskell recounts the demonstrations at 52 Division to protest the violence and homophobia expressed by police at the 1981 Toronto bathhouse raids.

Housed in a former synagogue, CHAT was the hub of Toronto’s gay community in the early 1970s and a point of departure for Toronto’s first Pride March in 1972. An activist caucus, Toronto Gay Action, emerged from CHAT and launched the first large-scale gay rights demonstration in Canada.

Housed in a former synagogue, CHAT was the hub of Toronto’s gay community in the early and a point of departure for Toronto’s first Pride March in

There were few social spots for women when the Chez Moi opened in 1984 and it marks a cusp moment in Toronto’s lesbian bar scene, as women moved from dark basements and women’s community centre dances , to the above-ground Chez. But who can blame the fictional narrator of your walk along Hayden street in search of both company and an elusive lesbian imaginary, for missing those basements more than just a bit?

There were few social spots for women when the Chez Moi opened in 1984 and it marks a cusp moment in Toronto’s lesbian bar scene, as women moved from dark

The home of one of Toronto’s longest running and largest queer Christian congregations, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) is where Reverend Brent Hawkes denied the violence and the protestors, used the reading of the Banns and performed two same sex wedding ceremonies –acknowledged as the world’s first legal gay marriage.

The home of one of Toronto’s longest running and largest queer Christian congregations, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) is where Reverend Brent Ha

Inspired by LGBTQ pins from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives holdings, Will Craddock’s Pin Button Project mural infuses a colourful blend of history, queer activism, and community on the alley wall.

Inspired by LGBTQ pins from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives holdings, Will Craddock’s Pin Button Project mural infuses a colourful blend of history, queer activism, and community on the alley wall.

The CLGA is the largest independent LGBTQ archives in the world; the CLGA has been keeping our stories alive since 1973. More than a library, more than stacks of vertical files, the CLGA is the repository of all things Queer – tiaras, t-shirts, buttons, posters, matchbook covers, personal notes on the back of napkins and typewritten drafts complete with marginalia. This place is a treasure trove that maintains and breathes memory back into the community

The CLGA is the largest independent LGBTQ archives in the world; the CLGA has been keeping our stories alive since More than a library, more than stac

From a scruffy shed behind this house in Toronto’s legendary Kensington Market, grew a collective of writers and activists that matured into a magazine, a dynamic liberation movement, the source of one of the largest gay archives is the world, and a series of queer literature bookshops.

From a scruffy shed behind this house in Toronto’s legendary Kensington Market, grew a collective of writers and activists that matured into a magazine, a

On February 5th 1981 – Operation Soap – the Toronto Police Services simultaneous raid of four different bathhouses would galvanize a movement and one of the largest demonstrations in the City’s history. The outcry from the broader community, civil rights activists, artists and writers would turn Operation Soap into a pivotal moment of Toronto’s gay liberation movement – its Stonewall.

On February 1981 - Operation Soap - the Toronto Police Services simultaneous raid of four different bathhouses would galvanize a movement and one of the

Canada’s only LGBTQ high school, the Triangle Program is a safe harbour for a group of talented young students who strive to achieve academic excellence in an accepting and supportive environment.

Canada’s only LGBTQ high school, the Triangle Program is a safe harbour for a group of talented young students who strive to achieve academic excellence in an accepting and supportive environment.

The home of the Empress Ball, Club Manatee was a favourite stage of Drag queen extraordinaire Craig Russell, star of seminal Queer film ‘Outrageous.’ Outrageous was the first queer film to have a wide spread North American theatrical release.

The home of the Empress Ball, Club Manatee was a favourite stage of Drag queen extraordinaire Craig Russell, star of seminal Queer film ‘Outrageous.’ Outrageous was the first queer film to have a wide spread North American theatrical release.

The Power of the Pussy – Witness the outcomes of the Pussy Palace Raid; the community consultation; the benefits and some funny classroom antics.

The Power of the Pussy - Witness the outcomes of the Pussy Palace Raid; the community consultation; the benefits and some funny classroom antics.

From a horrible tragedy grew the Meal Trans program, a safe harbour for Toronto’s trans and trans sex workers. Through hands-on activities and events, Meal Trans is Canada’s first multi-access service provider and helped to change City by-laws to include trans rights.

From a horrible tragedy grew the Meal Trans program, a safe harbour for Toronto’s trans and trans sex workers.

Fabulously funny queer comedian Maggie Casella, founder of ‘We’re Funny That Way’ Canada’s long running International Queer Comedy Festival, takes us on a two-minute tour of the performances from 15 years of queer comedy history.

Fabulously funny queer comedian Maggie Casella, founder of ‘We’re Funny That Way’ Canada’s long running International Queer Comedy Festival, takes us on a two-minute tour of the performances from 15 years of queer comedy history.

Hundreds gathered here for a fundraising event, a little music, and a politician’s speech that demanded Freedom of the Press for all communities. This led to the landmark ruling for The Body Politic Collective.

Hundreds gathered here for a fundraising event, a little music, and a politician’s speech that demanded Freedom of the Press for all communities. This led to the landmark ruling for The Body Politic Collective.

When Club Toronto was rented out for a Pussy Palace on September 14th, 2000 the events that occurred that night would bring the broader queer community together to change an institution forever, and drag the Toronto Police Services into the 21st century.

When Club Toronto was rented out for a Pussy Palace on September 2000 the events that occurred that night would bring the broader queer community together to change an institution forever, and drag the Toronto Police Services into the century.

For more than 35 years, The 519 has been the epicentre of outreach, activism and social services in the village. It is the place where people gathered together for community consultation to make change happen. Run by locals in the neighbourhood, its legacy is its model.

For more than 35 years, The 519 has been the epicentre of outreach, activism and social services in the village. It is the place where people gathered toget

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