Ca. 1942 - February, 2024
Early member of and longtime door-person for GaeGala.
On September 23, 2019 Gloria was awarded an honorary degree Saint Mary’s University which recognized her as an outstanding Canadian. There is a very good biography of her achievements on that page.
RandyKennedy writes: I met her the 1st night she came to The Turret and we remained best friends ever since. She played a big part in our community and will be truly missed by all who knew her. RIP Dear Gloria .
WendyBurns writes: I will choose to remember her based on our first meeting..... I too met her when I was 18. She ran across the bar towards me....I was scared shitless, as I was not sure why she was running towards me. I braced myself and she said, "You have the most beautiful blue eyes I have ever seen. They called me from across the room so I just had to say something. Oh hi, I'm Gloria by the way." After that we became friends and then I ended up working at the bar for a short time. We would often chat, joke and carry on. She was larger than life, full of love, compassion, kindness and had the warmest hugs 🫂. I lost touch with her over the years, but I thought of her often and always remembered her as the person who gave me one of the best and most positive experiences I had as a newbie in the gay community in the 80's / 90's. She was a legend. 💖
George Barnhill writes: The first time we met, I was a naïve 20 year old just coming to terms with my sexuality. I went to The Turret so terrified and afraid, and of course, like an idiot, I arrived well before 11PM, the "witching hour" as my friends and I later called it. Gloria came straight up to me and said "You're new here, right?". I nervously said "yes" and she replied, "Don't worry, I'll look out for you." and I immediately felt safe. Rest in Power Gloria!