Fonds F0010 - Gay and Lesbian Organization of Bell Employees (GLOBE) fonds

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Gay and Lesbian Organization of Bell Employees (GLOBE) fonds

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CA ON00047 F0010

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  • [1962?], 1974-[2003?], 2006 (Creation)

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86.5 cm of textual records
104 photographs : b&w and col. ; 18.3 x 17.1 cm and smaller
1 audio cassette

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The Gay and Lesbian Organization of Bell Employees (GLOBE) was founded in January of 1991 and remained active until 1997. The mission statement adopted by the organization read: “empowerment through supportive networking to provide a positive working environment”. The organization focused much of its energy on fighting for same-sex spousal benefits for employees of Bell Canada. The organization also participated in fundraising activities, organized social events, and developed an outreach program to further links to similar groups. In October of 1992, after having several requests for spousal benefits rejected by Bell, GLOBE filed a formal complaint against Bell Canada with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Bell Canada agreed to extend spousal benefits to its gay and lesbian employees in the spring of 1995. The administrative structure of the organization included several committees, including the Social Committee, the Fundraising Committee, the Benefits Committee and the Education Sub-Committee.

Carl Miller (sous-fonds) (b. 1949) is a gay activist, a gay father, and a Trustee with the Toronto Board of Education. Miller was a founding member of both GLOBE (Gays and Lesbians of Bell Enterprises) and the Gay and Lesbian Employees Coalition (GLEC), and has served as a co-ordinator with Gay Fathers of Toronto and as the Regional Coordinator for Canada for the Gay and Lesbian Parents Coalition International. Miller has also served as a member of the Fraternity, Queer Nation, the Metropolitan Community Church, and the Toronto Board of Education Human Sexuality Advisory Board. Miller has received several awards over the years, including the Metropolitan Community Church’s Community Service Award (1992), the Pink Trillium Award from Gay Fathers of Toronto, and the ‘Honouring our Heroes” award at Pride Day 1993. Miller is the father of two daughters.

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Fonds consists of the records of the Gay and Lesbian Organization of Bell Employees (GLOBE). The majority of the records in the fonds appear to have been maintained by Carl Miller, one of the founders of the organization. Records in the fonds document the organization’s fight for same-sex spousal benefits for employees of Bell Canada, including its filing of a formal complaint against Bell Canada with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. The fonds serves as an example of the struggle for same-sex equality in a corporate environment. Records in the fonds also document meetings of the organization, the work of several committees, as well as the social and fundraising aspects of the organization. Included in the fonds are administrative files, scrapbooks, photographs, and an audio cassette. The fonds also includes one sous-fonds, containing records relating to Carl Miller.

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The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

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Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives as the physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in the materials. Note that the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).

Preferred citation: Gay and Lesbian Organization of Bell Employees (GLOBE) fonds, 2007-014, Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Finding aid prepared by Paul Leatherdale, 2008

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