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RandyKennedy writes: One topic is always swept under the carpet . We hear about our successes , our struggles , our good and bad times but nobody ever talks about when a group of women who rarely went to the club tried to have Darg queens banned from attending the club in drag other than performing for fundraiser shows . I was guest speaker at two discussions on Drag and Adrien Cormier joined me for the 2nd one where we had to defend drag queens to a group of women who looked more like men than most men . This may not be a popular comment but it happened. CharleyCorkumCleveland? agrees: Randy, I remember that well, also at the Turret the Lesbians had their own corner and had the most fights at the bar, it was a different era and the Lesbians at that time seemed more like men , except a few that dressed and looked straight, weren't accepted very well and later were called lipstick lesbians....it got so bad that the Lesbians had women's night only , some of us me included didn't like it as we were separating the gay community at a time when we needed to be more united. Dan adds, " it would be good to more fully document this non-rosy part of our history. Rebecca Rose writes about it a bit on page 115 of _Before The Parade_ and Reg Giles wrote about it in Chapter 14 of Peanut Butter and Jam Sandwich "

Get whomever's available from EdSlade, JohnMarr, CynthiaWatts??, AnneFulton, JohnHurlbert, EmeraldGibson, DavidGray & others, to tell the story about why GAE formed in 1971-1972 - as Jim wrote, "started to organize the homophile community in both political activism and trying to establish a social club to fund these activities."

File away a bunch of photos from AnitaMartinez

June 28, 2020: BarendKamperman remembers The Boys In The Band being mounted at the Dalhousie Student Union Building in the 1970s. So - root through Dal Gazette archives to find out when this was, who mounted it, and maybe get an interview with them or someone else involved. Academic year '74-'75. Barend's housemate Laurie Fawcett was involved with the play.

December, 2022: get JoanCzapalay? to tell the story of the public meeting at the school in Barrington after EricSmith's HIV status disclosure. Maybe get them together to tell the story.

March 25, 2002 DebTrask: TRASKDE@gov.ns.ca says: "Quite a bit has been done on this, some time ago. I have some material. I remember LynnMurphy doing research some time ago, and also my brother TonyTrask back in the mid-70s did some 'oral history' interviews - will think on this some more!"

March 24, 2002, MissVicki says to DanielMacKay, "You can interview me for some stories about CondonsBar!!"

March 25, 2002: TerryGoodwin, pers. corr to DanielMacKay, will forward my note to some friends who might want to help.


Get someone to write a story or journal entry about the PillTimers - about what it was like to be in a room of HIV+ people and have all of their timers go off at e.g. 4 or 8.

July 17, 2002 History Club Meeting

July 25, 2002: DanielMacKay observes: the OverThirtiesGroup is probably the oldest extant group in the city; we should do some history on this - AlStewart has offered to tell stories over a beer.

April 24, 2003

April 25, 2003

NilsClausson writes: Before Dave opened "TheeKlub" in the GreenLantern Building, there was an earlier club on one of the streets closer to the harbour than Barrington. People I met in 1972 often talked about it. But I know no more than this.

Something could be written on The "GayGreyApartmentBuilding" on Morris Street (where BarryHeath & PatrickMurphy?, GaryWalsh, TomGrey?, JimDeYoung, Chris Sheppard & his lover RogerStoddard? all lived.)

January, 2006: ThomDay's comments and questions have been moved to his own page :-)

Notes taken by DanielMacKay during EricSmith's talk on history, 2006-03-08

February 21, 2012: JaneKansas suggests we do an article on the [[SLURP_Party?]] series (check capitalization).

DanielMacKay writes: another interesting topic - the phenomenon of sleazy guys taking advantage of the "community" because we tend to trust quickly.

Frank Letourneau " I'll be happy to be interviewed and as background to my story you might want to read pp 227-229 of Gary Kinsman's "The Canadian War on Queers”.

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