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GaeGala

Halifax's Gay and Lesbian Association, the Gay Alliance for Equality.

GAE owned and operated The Turret and later Rumours, which meant that there was always substantial amounts of cash for projects. It changed its name to GALA, the Gay And Lesbian Association, in the '80s. GAE's paper was the GAEZETTE, which in Feb '95 was renamed WayvesMagazine.

GAE/Turret/Rumours also funded the first 20 or so years of the GayLine.

1972
Founded in the summer of '72. NilsClausson says "One of the first things we did was set up the GayLine"
1973
GAE was incorporated in 19 November 1973 by: NancyBrister?, DonnaBurns?, TommyBurns, CarolButler, StephenCalnen, NilsClausson, JimDeYoung, JoyceGehue?, AnneFulton. DavidGray, SandraHenley?, AnnMacMullin, TheresaRowe?, EdSlade, DianeWarren. TommyMiller applied and MichelRobichaud? witnessed. [1]
1974
Group ceases operations
1975
October: re-established and beginning to raising funds towards a hoped-for community centre.
1976
Chair AnneFulton, Secretary RobinMetcalfe, Treasurer DavidSeale1
1977
AGM October 26, 1977: Chair: RobinMetcalfe, 1st Executive position: AnneVersailles? 2nd Executive position: DeneRoach. Turret Management committee, male: DeneRoach; Gayline Director: MikeMacDonald [that would be Father Mike] The other positions were undoubtedly filled by acclamation. DebTrask? became Secretary this way, at this meeting.2
1978
AGM October 18, 1978: chair: ClydeRichardson, Treasurer: JohnMarr, Exec Male: JimMacSwain, Exec Female: KathyHarvison, Sec'y not reported in minutes, proably DebTrask?.
1979
AGM Oct 17: Chair: ClydeRichardson, Treasurer: JohnMarr, Secretary: DebTrask?
1981
DebTrask? writes: In August, 1981 something happened, and much of the executive resigned. Think it had to do with stacking meetings. I took over from EdThibodeau? as Chair, KathyMacNeil took over from JohnHurlbert as Secretary, and RandyKennedy took over from BarryHeath? - don't know what position. AGM October 21, 1981: Chair: DebTrask?, Secretary: KatherineMacNeil?, Treasurer: PaulHanson?, Executive Male: DonCormier?, Executive Female: Anne Versailles. A planning note for a GamesOfAtlanticCanada event indicates that 200 programmes were printed for the "GAE Mailout." Minutes of another meeting state a meeting in the "GAE Community Centre, Suite 200, Tartan Building."
1985
In the spring we purchased a house on Macara Street for a Community Center, and coyly named it RadclyffeHall. It housed the library, and the two half time employees, and the GayLine.
1987
Rumours moves from Granville to a large building that we owned - a testament to the fact that GAE is one of the wealthiest gay community organizations in North America, due to the fact that it runs the local bar, a business with revenues of about half a million dollars a year. Radclyffe Hall was sold and the proceeds applied to the purchase of the new building, which had space for commmunity events and meetings.
1988
April 6th: special meeting to rename GAE to the Gay And Lesbian Association of Nova Scotia (GALA NS)
1989
AGM, March 15th, '89: President: RobertByers; VP: WilsonHodder; Treasurer: MikeSangster?; Secretary: GailWatterson?; Female w/o Portfolio: DarleneLevy?; Male w/o Portfolio: DougLapierre?
1990
Program Coordinator: ChrisAucoin
1992-1994
President: ChrisAucoin
1994-1995
GALA eventually wound down and died with a bit of a bang during the ShirtlessnessDebate, and defaulted on its society registration on November 30, 1995. At the time the Registry of Joint Stock Companies listed president JaneVanKansas, vice president PamLeeming?, chair of finance MarilynLamb?, secretary RonMcIntyre, and director at large GaryWoodroffe. 3

GeorgeMunroe writes: I was involved at the beginning of GAE. We used to meet in the old club in the GreenLantern Building which was run by DavidGray. We set up EqualityScholarshipFund for gay men and the first recipient was DonnieStevens?. These were heady days and we thought anything was possible.


picLord Nelson Hotel ca 1940 NilsClausson writes: There was a lounge on Spring Garden Road (called the CameoLounge, as I recall) that was frequented by gays and lesbians, but the GAE crowd hung out in the coffee shop of the Lord Nelson Hotel beside the Public Gardens. We often went there after meetings.


ShawnLamb writes: Among other things.... It is my opinion that GALA is the main reason for the demise of Rumours. DanielMacKay responds: Well, yes. GALA owned Rumours, and they died together.


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Footnotes:

1. DebTrask? archives of HaveYouHeard
2. DebTrask? archives of HaveYouHeard
3. Registry of Joint Stock Companies info on file for GAE