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Gregory Pavelich fonds

  • CA ON00047 2004-058
  • Fonds
  • 1976-2004

Fonds consists of records documenting the life and advocacy work of Gregory (Greg) Pavelich. The fonds includes correspondence (including e-mail), flyers, lists, agendas, reports, press releases, brochures, minutes, articles, notes, greeting cards, post cards, certificates, financial records, questionnaires, photographs, audio cassette tapes, memorial service cards, a CD-ROM, a workbook, a receipt book, a programme, a periodical, and a book of condolence.

Pavelich, Gregory, 1951-2003

The Body Politic fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0002
  • Fonds
  • 1971- 1987

The fonds pertain to the organizational records of The Body Politic, Canada’s gay liberation newspaper which sat under the parent publishing house Pink Triangle Press. The newspaper published from 1971-1987 in Toronto out of various downtown locations. The fonds consist of 10 series with multiple subseries. The fonds contains research notes, newspaper clippings, notes, meeting minutes, article drafts submitted, correspondence (international, national, local, prisoner), memos, financial, employee, advertising, and legal records.

The Body Politic

AIDS Action Now! fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0003
  • Fonds
  • 1988-2006

Fonds consists of records documenting the activities AIDS Action Now! Included in the fonds are records of several committees, as well as subject files on a variety of topics. Also included in the fonds are photographs, the majority of which depict several demonstrations organized by AIDS Action Now!.

AIDS Action Now!

Billeh Nickerson fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0004
  • Fonds
  • 1986-2009; predominant 1995-2009

Fonds consists of records documenting the work of Canadian poet and author Billeh Nickerson. The fonds documents poetry, essays, and articles written by Nickerson, press coverage of his work, and various events at which he participated as an author or poet. Included in the fonds are poems, essays, press clippings, programmes, correspondence, press passes, desk calendars, flyers, and photographs.

Billeh Nickerson

Carroll Holland fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0005
  • Fonds
  • 1983-2004

Fonds consists of records documenting the activities of Carroll Holland in her capacity as a member of the Ottawa Police Liaison Committee and the Equality Writes Ad Hoc Committee.

Holland, Carroll 1942-2012

Gays for Equality fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0006
  • Fonds
  • 1973- 1992

The fonds consists of correspondence, planning documents, press releases, memos, writing and publications, surveys, lectures, panels and community social events, reading materials, and records of political activism and activities undertaken or supported by Gays For Equality members, or by and for members of Winnipeg’s gay and lesbian community. The fonds also contain newsletters, zines, correspondence and notices from other Gay and Lesbian organizations in Manitoba, as well as Canada and internationally.

Gays for Equality

Duane "Andy" Anderson fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0008
  • Fonds
  • 1995-1997, 2000-2005

Records relate to Anderson's activities with the leather community in Canada, particularly the Canadian Leather Alliance / L’Alliance canadienne du cuir and the Mr. Leatherman Toronto Competition Inc. Records document the administration and incorporation of the Canadian Leather Alliance, and the organizing of its annual National Leather Contest. Records also document Anderson’s participation as a judge at various leather competitions (Mr. Leatherman Toronto, Mr. Atlantic Canada Leather 2003, International Leathersir and Leatherboy 2002, etc.), the judging process and criteria at leather competitions, and the administration of the Mr. Leatherman Toronto competition.

Records in the fonds include correspondence (including e-mail), lists, tables, manuals, policies, forms, reports, letters patent, by-laws, incorporation documents, promissory notes, rules, programmes, schedules, flyers, notes, cards, agreements, and other textual material.

Duane “Andy” Anderson

Gay and Lesbian Organization of Bell Employees (GLOBE) fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0010
  • Fonds
  • [1962?], 1974-[2003?], 2006

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.

Gay and Lesbian Organization of Bell Employees (GLOBE)

Harold Desmarais fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0012
  • Fonds
  • 1962-1996

Fonds consist of records documenting the work and personal life of Harold Desmarais, LGBTQ advocate and organizer.

Desmarais, Harold

Helen Lenskyj fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0013
  • Fonds
  • 1929-2012, predominant 1981-1999

The fonds consists of records relating to Lenskyj’s involvement with the Toronto Board of Education and research in the areas of sexuality, gender, sports, AIDS, health and sex education, and homophobia. Included in the fonds are correspondence, memoranda, reports, notes, pamphlets, newspaper and magazine clippings, press coverage on Gay Games, research papers, resources and information on sexual health mainly for youth and parents, and other textual records. Records also document her involvement in addressing and challenging homophobia and other LGBTQ issues in the Toronto school system through projects and organizations such as Project Affirmation, a research project of the Coalition for Lesbian & Gay Rights in Ontario (CLGRO) looking into the health care and social service needs of sexual minorities in Ontario, Status of Women Committee, and Education Against Homophobia. Other materials included in the fonds are buttons, videocassettes, audiocassettes, optical disks, and a photograph.

Lenskyj, Helen

Kyle Rae fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0016
  • Fonds
  • 1992-2005

Fonds consists of records created and maintained by Kyle Rae, a former city councillor in the City of Toronto. Included in the fonds are personal records, photographs, and records relating to the annual conferences of the International Network of Lesbian and Gay Officials.

Kyle Rae

Lesbian Outdoor Group fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0017
  • Fonds
  • 1995-2007

Fonds consists of organizational records and planning documents for the Lesbian Outdoors Group from 1995-2007. Meeting minutes detail disagreements over funds allocations, discussions of group management techniques, reflections on equity within the group and how social dynamics contribute to equity and inequity. A majority of the materials consist of handwritten or printed notes recording and planning LOG activities and meetings. The fonds also contain LOG promotional materials and photos.

Lesbian Outdoor Group

R. Douglas Elliott fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0019
  • Fonds
  • 1980-2004

Fonds consists of records maintained by Toronto lawyer R. Douglas Elliott with respect to his representation of the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto in the matter of Halpern et al v. Attorney General of Canada et al, the landmark same-sex marriage case in Ontario.
The definition of marriage required that marriage be between “one man and one woman”. This opposite-sex requirement was challenged by eight same-sex couples as offending their right to equality as guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on the basis of sexual orientation. The opposite-sex requirement was also challenged by the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto (MCCT) as violating its right to freedom of religion and its equality rights under the Charter.
On July 12th, 2002, the Divisional Court of Ontario ruled that the opposite-sex requirement of marriage infringed the couples’ equality rights under the Charter. The Divisional Court also ruled that the rights of the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto as a religious institution were not violated. The Court was divided on the issue of remedy. The formal judgment of the Court declared the opposite-sex definition to be broken. The declaration was suspended for two years to enable Parliament to devise an appropriate remedy. If Parliament failed to act within two years, then the opposite-sex definition of marriage would be automatically reformulated by substituting the words “two persons” for “one man and one woman”.
In April 2003, a panel of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, composed of Chief Justice Roy McMurtry, Justice James MacPherson and Justice Eileen Gillese, heard a constitutional challenge to the opposite-sex definition of marriage. On June 10th 2003, the Court of Appeal ruled unanimously that the opposite-sex definition of marriage was unconstitutional, as it went against the equality rights set out in the Charter. The judgment upheld the previous ruling of the Divisional Court. As a remedy, the Court declared that the existing definition of marriage, “one man and one woman”, to be invalid. In its place, the Court provided a new definition of marriage as “the voluntary union for life of two persons to the exclusion of all others”, and ordered the declaration of invalidity and the reformulated definition to take effect immediately.
Records in the fonds document the case before both the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal. The fonds consists largely of case material presented before the two courts, affidavits, correspondence and working files maintained by Elliott and other members of the law firm, and transcripts.
Records from the 2013-079 accession document the legal work of the firm on the Commission of Inquiry on the Blood System in Canada/Commission d’enquete sur l’approvisionnement en sang au Canada. There are also legal files relating to two cases argued before the Supreme Court of Canada: ‘M and H’ and Robert Latimer.

R. Douglas Elliott

Rupert Raj fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0021
  • Fonds
  • 1968- 2015

Fonds consist of materials gathered by Rupert Raj, a Canadian trans activist, born in Ottawa, who lived in Toronto most of his adult life before relocating to Vancouver, B.C. in 2017. Highlights of this donation include materials relating to the three trans-related periodicals Raj founded and edited in the 1970s and 1980s; the original, unpublished manuscript of his international transsexual/transgenderist/transvestic poetry anthology ("Of Souls and Roles, Of Genes and Gender," 1991); correspondence with other transsexual/transvestite/transgender people (including activists) and medical/psychological professionals, around the world, research on phalloplasty and other trans issues; personal scrapbooks and photographs; and AV materials. Books, periodicals, and AV materials are catalogued separately.

Raj, Rupert

Valerie Dugale fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0024
  • Fonds
  • 1994-2005

Fonds consists of records documenting the activities of the Foundation for Equal Families, as maintained by Valerie Dugale, a member of its Board of Directors. The Foundation for Equal Families was founded in 1994 following the failure of Bill 167 in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Records in the fonds relate to administrative matters, such as meetings of the Board of Directors, Annual General Meetings, and membership matters, as well as to legal challenges and other advocacy work carried out by the organization.

Dugale, Valerie

William Atkinson fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0025
  • Fonds
  • 1916- 1999

The fonds consists of records that pertain to the life and career of William Atkinson. It documents Atkinson’s early life and work in England prior to his enlistment with the Royal Navy at the outbreak of the Second World War. It contains records from his immigration to Canada, as well records relating to his work in the restaurant and hospitality business upon his arrival. The fonds is also composed of records from his time with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) through the 1950s, and contains some material related to his forced retirement from the RCN on the basis of his sexual orientation. The fonds includes records from his return to the hospitality business, along with material from Atkinson’s writing and work in the entertainment business. The fonds is composed of correspondence, services records, certificates, photographs, press clippings, and short stories.

William Atkinson

Stewart Hamilton fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0026
  • Fonds
  • 1950- 2012

The fonds consists of records relating to the life and work of Stewart Hamilton, including correspondence, writing, press, diplomas and awards.

Stewart Hamilton

Mirha-Soleil Ross fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0033
  • Fonds
  • 1990- 2008

The fonds consists of materials related to Mirha-Soleil Ross’ time living in Toronto, from the early 1990s until 2008, and include published work and drafts in multiple formats, correspondence, press materials, notes, financial records, and clippings. These materials document several aspects of Ms. Ross’ life and work, including her activism, art-practice, community outreach, sex work, and interviews, as well as representing the type of media she herself was consuming and which in turn informed her work. Records are mostly focused on Toronto, Montreal, and Canada.

Mirha- Soleil Ross

David Hawe fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0034
  • Fonds
  • 1986-2007

Fonds consist of professional freelance photography created by David Hawe.

Fonds consist primarily of 35mm black and white and colour negatives. Printed photography mainly consists of contact images of related negatives.

A large portion of the photography consists of freelance modeling photography and headshots.

Represented personalities include many Toronto-based drag performers, Salah Bachir, Kyle Rae, Ru Paul, Sky Gilbert, Keith Cole, Scott Thompson, Madonna, Enza the Supermodel, Chris Edwards, R.M. Vaughn, and Dini Petty. Many photographs of Woody’s (bar) staff are also included.

Fonds also include photography taken at many events, such as Toronto Pride, plays at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, events at Toronto bars and clubs, drag shows, Mr. Leather competitions, Casey House events, leather parties, coronation of Empress and Emperor of Toronto, Harbourfront Film Festival, Win a Date with a Bartender, Hooker of the Year, Priape Fashion Show, Judy Garland Memorial Bowling League party, Cabbagetown Group Softball League events, Much Music, Unity Party, Halloween at the Masonic Temple, "Cedars" campground opening, among others.

Fonds also include photography for advertisements for Toronto clubs and bars, such as Woody’s, Chaps, Boots, Ciao, Rock ‘n’ roll fag bar, Power (bar), Toolbox (bar), The Barn (bar), Bar 501, Bar 457, among others.

Fonds also include photography conducted for magazines and newspapers, including I.C.E. Magazine, FAB Magazine, XTRA!, Icon Magazine, Points, and Advocate.

Fonds also include photography taken at or for the promotion of fundraisers, such as People With AIDS, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre fundraiser, and MAC Viva Glam Fashion Cares.

Fonds also include some student photography conducted by Hawe during his studies at the Ontario College of Art (OCA).

Fonds also include some personal photography and correspondence with David Hawe’s friends and family.

David Hawe

Cabbagetown Group Softball League fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0036
  • Fonds
  • 1977- 2014

The fonds consists of records created by the CGSL executive committee. The fonds includes textual records created by the CGSL executive committee regarding the organization of regular-season softball games, social events and post-season tournaments. Records include meeting minutes, election materials, team schedules, correspondence, financial information, posters, photographs and moving images. The majority of the records pertain to the activities carried out in Toronto, but some of the records pertain to tournaments held throughout the United States.

Cabbagetown Group Softball League

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