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2018-07-22 Elderberries Salon

Drop in for refreshments and storytelling of Halifax's rich queer history. Meet some warriors who worked hard to make Halifax a Pride-ful place, and Ask Us Anything about what it was like, what it felt like, how we lived and loved and worked to change the world.

We'll have a slideshow that our elders can talk about, and a Human Library where you can talk one-on-one with someone who had a hand in creating the community that you now enjoy. Or, you can just sit back and listen to the old-timers tell stories about the good, and bad, old days, around a big table.

The (Queer) Salon, epitomized by Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas in 1920s Paris, provided a safe haven for queer people to meet and more, to hear stories, entertain each other, and indulge in queer culture in a day when such love dare not speak its name. This event is part historical recreation, harkening to the Paris of the 20s, so integral in shaping the queer culture we know today.

Speakers: JJLyon, RobinMetcalfe, LynnMurphy, BarendKamperman, EricSmith, MikeSangster? & LauraShepherd?

Moderator: LauraShepherd?

Audience Count

We distributed about 20 of ScottMacNeil's ReflectionsInAMirrorBall.

Generously sponsored by Halifax Pride. Thank you Halifax Pride!

The recording is here (mp3).

Sessions (recording minute mark)


JJLyon autobiography
Also a specific thanks from EricSmith for JJ's time as receptionist at the Persons With AIDS Coalition
0:48 - 1:00
EricSmith autobiography ; 1:24 ; MikeSangster? talks about the early days, naming DaveBragg?, Diane, AnneFulton, TommyBurns, TommyMiller, ; 1:28 ; RobinMetcalfe talks about the beginning of the Society and activism at about .
MikeSangster? and the whole group, and EdSlade talks about being gay at work, and LynnMurphy about being bi making it easier to be in the closet, at about
EricSmith mentions AnitaMartinez
GaeGala, the club, police, security, violence, gaybashing, ShirtlessnessDebate
Lynn talks about RedHerringBookstore
How did women meet?
Gay neighbourhoods? Meeting places?
Were there groups of people living together? Enclaves? GreenLantern Building
The beginnings of the AIDS crisis & responses, DrBobFredrickson, MacAIDS, AnitaMartinez & Eric talk about Craig, the first AIDS patient in Halifax, a real character. JJ: "All the men that I expected to spend my senior years together are not here. I love these opportunities to meet the ones who survived, because there are less and less." GaetanDugas, RandGaynor, Head of Infectious Diseases at the VG Hospital, Dr Walter Schlech, Ward 8A, living with AIDS
bad sex ed, Phyllis Sweet at the Red Door in Kentville