Happy 35th Anniversary of Stonewall re-cap, here we have Faces GLBT – LGBT – TBGL – BTLG in Vancouver part 1 and part 2.
A 1959 interview with a homosexual and rare footage compliments of CBC. At the time when homosexuals in Canada and the United States were not able to live their own personal life. In 1959 there was a show called Consensus by CBC (first of it’s kind), with an imaginative title: Homosexuality a kind of debate with a man on the street who interviews people about the good thing and the bad thing about homosexuals.
In 1964 “The Association for Social Knowledge” was the first gay group founded in the British Columbia.
- A Quote by Justice Minister Pierre Trudeau in 1967.
- Canada decriminalized homosexuality in 1969.
Margo Dunn (Feminist Activist) mentions about her remembering “Way back when I began in the women’s movement in 1968/1969″ “All the women who were active around are issues for equality and basically life.” “We became conscious that lesbians were kind of secret and somewhat oppress with-in our own movement.” “There was always a lesbian movement before the feminst movement and its women said it was Van Port Hotel down on Main Street”.
In the 1970′s Gay & Lesbian activist groups were springing up all over Canada with Vancouver leading the way.
Ellen Woodsworth (Vancouver’s first out lesbian City Councilor) “was an out lesbian with-in the woman’s movement with going to the Van Port”, “talking to some other woman we formed New Morning Lesbian Collectives which was the first group in Canada to do that”.
- G.A.T.E. (Gay Alliance Toward Equality) was founded in 1971
- G.A.T.E. organized the first Pride Festival in 1973.
- Lesbians and Gay men against violence.
- Pedestal A Women’s Liberation Newspaper.
- G.A.T.E. began production of the Gay Tide newspaper in 1977.
- In 1977, the B.C. Gay & Lesbian archives began.
- The rights of lesbians subcommittee of the B.C. Federation of women began in 1977.
- The Dogwood Monarch Society (Drag Court) was founded by Ted North in 1977.
- The Transsexual and Transvestite support group began in 1977.
- The Feminist & Lesbian action group started in 1978.
- The lesbian phone line started in 1979.
- 1979 was the first Lesbian March.
- Footage of a Lesbian March 1981.
- A support group for bisexuals started in the 80′s called Bi-Focus.
- In 1990, Colin Upright founded the bisexual networking group called BiFace.
- In 2000, the first North American Bisexual Conference took place in Vancouver.
We also get to see some of the people that help pave the way for the LGBT community in Vancouver and people that have help keep their rich history alive.
- Esther Phillips Feminist Activist.
- The radical Lesbians.
- Jamie Lee Hamilton Transgendered spokesperson.
- Rob Joyce Gay Alliance Toward Equality.
- Don Hann G.L.B.T. Historian.
- Maurice Flood Original G.A.T.E. leader.
- Sarah Davidson Lesbian Feminist Activist.
- Mary-Woo Sims Human Rights Advocate.
- Heather Kitching Bisexual Organizer.
- Jim Deva Owner, Little Sister’s Book Store.
- Svend Robinson M.P. for Burnaby Douglas.
Vancouver’s Gay Lesbian Bisexual & Transgendered History Part 1 (FACES), Courtesy of DigitalDreamsMusic. Thank you
Vancouver’s Gay Lesbian Bisexual & Transgendered History Part 2 (FACES), Courtesy of DigitalDreamsMusic. Thank you