WorldPride at the CLGA

WorldPride Extended Hours

Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
34 Isabella Street, Toronto
Wednesday, June 25 – 4pm to 9pm
Thursday, June 26 – 4pm to 9pm
Friday, June 27 – 1pm to 5pm
Saturday, June 28 – 1pm to 5pm
Drop-in to the CLGA for a tour and to learn more about our mission and activities. Take a look at our current exhibitions and sneak a peak at some of our fascinating holdings.
Additional viewing opportunities by appointment. Please contact
For media inquiries and tours, please contact Cory Stewart,



Imaging Home: Resistance, Migration, Contradiction

June 24 to October 5
Archives Gallery at the CLGA
Opening Reception: Tuesday, June 24 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm
The CLGA’s official WorldPride 2014 exhibition, Imaging Home: Resistance, Migration, Contradiction, brings together documentary video and photographic work that explores the experiences of LGBTQ individuals living in oppressive regions around the globe. Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights video portraits of LGBT activists in Uganda, Kenya, Botswana, Jamaica, Guyana, Belize, Saint Lucia and India speak directly to what it means to work to continue the struggle to advance LGBT rights at home and internationally, despite violence and risk.  Additionally, viewers are able to participate in the exhibition by adding their own photos to the collection as part of a growing “global family photo album.” Imaging Home: Resistance, Migration, Contradiction is a joint project of the CLGA and the international project, Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights (
Guest speakers:
Nancy Nicol, Professor, York University. Documentary Film Director
Principle Investigator: Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights
Namela Baynes-Henry, Co-chairperson Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD), Guyana. Researcher, Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights (Will speak on the Caribbean research and participatory video work... and some of the Caribbean portraits)
Richard Lusimbo, Research and Document Manager at Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG). Chair: Africa Research Team, Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights (Will speak on the Africa research and participatory video work.. and some of the Africa portraits)
Singer/performer: Brayo Bryans; Executive Director, Icebreakers Uganda; Production Manager, Talented Ugandan Kuchus (TUK) (a group of LGBT Ugandans using different types of arts to entertain, economically empower, sensitize, and advocate for equality for all).
Videographer: Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights
Exhibition Highlights:
·         Guyanese photographer, Ulelli Vrebeke, offers lyrical photo/text images of migrants from Guyana and the Caribbean to Toronto whose sense of home shifts and unfolds in complex and unexpected ways.
·         Video portraits of LGBTQ+ activists in Uganda, Kenya, Guyana, and India speak directly to what it means to stay home despite increasing danger. Included (and in attendance) is one activist from Uganda who faced the safety of his life after being outed by the Ugandan tabloid, Red Pepper.
·         Archival documentary videos by Anton Wagner and Edimburgo Cabrera trace the tenuous lives of Latino and black drag queens in millenial Toronto (1998-2007).
·         Extracts from videos of ‘home’ brought to Toronto by members of the queer diaspora are woven together as visual testaments to the possibilities of home, here, and away.
·         The Digital Diaspora Family Reunion, by filmmaker, Thomas Allen Harris, invites viewers to help build a global family photo album by publically sharing their own family photos as part of this exhibition.


Queer and Muslim: Finding Peace Within Islam

June 24 – October 5, 2014
Reading Room at the CLGA
Photograpy by Samra Habib
Curated by Marcin Wisniewski
Opening Reception: Tuesday, June 24 – 5 pm to 8 pm
Speakers Panel: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at the CLGA at 7:00 pm 
Photographer Samra Habib explores the personal lives and religious practices queer Muslims who have negotiated between their religious and sexual identities and, in some form, made peace between the two. Through creating safe spaces that allow them to celebrate Islam with other LGBTQ+ acquaintances and by living fulfilling lives while retaining presumably conflicting layers of identity, these individuals prove that there's room for plurality within Islam.
The exhibition at the CLGA is a satellite show to Samra Habib’s larger exhibition, Just Me and Allah: Photographs of Queer Muslims, which opens on Wednesday, June 18 at the Toronto Public Library (Parliament and Gerrard branch) followed by a showing at Videofag in Kensington Market, opening on Thursday, July 10.
About the Artist: As a Queer Muslim, Samra is consistently investigating how these two identities intersect in her life and the lives of others who also take on the two seemingly conflicting identities. Samra has written and spoken about the violent treatment that many marginalized Muslims receive within Islam for The New York Times and CBC Radio. Her work aims to add to historical evidence that pluralism within Islam is possible.

Pride Walk: Discovering Toronto’s LGBTQ+ Heritage

Church-Wellesley Village
June 20 – June 27, 2014
The CLGA will be presenting historical walking tours in partnership with Heritage Toronto to highlight the city rich past of LGBTQ+ activism and community. Tours are 90 minutes each and can accommodate a maximum of 20 people. Interest participants can register beginning April 26 at here. The cost of the tour is $20. Proceeds will be shared between Heritage Toronto and the CLGA.
Destinations of the tour will include:
1.     The Toronto AIDS Memorial & The 519
2.     The Steps at Church & Wellesley
3.     The Alexander Wood Statue
4.     Maple Leaf Gardens (good cool-down stop area to discuss Operation Soap & Bathhouse Raids)
5.     Bulldog Café / The Barn
6.     The Chang Building / Frances Loring stone carving
7.     Elm Street & Back Door Gym & Spa
8.     St. Charles Tavern
9.     Glad Day Books
10.  The CLGA (Join us for a tour of the CLGA afterwards!)
June 20
June 21
June 22
June 23
June 24
6:30-8:00 pm
1:30-3:00 pm
1:30-3:00 pm
6:30-8:00 pm
6:30-8:00 pm
June 25
June 26
June 27
6:30-8:00 pm
6:30-8:00 pm
2:00-3:30 pm

Pride and Prejudice: Three Decades of LGBT Community Organizing

Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street (Yonge and Bloor)
Mid-May – Fall 2014
This exhibition highlights some of the people, events and publications that shaped Toronto’s queer community from the 1970s to the 1990s. As we host the world in 2014, these include images, artifacts, and press coverage remembering earlier Pride celebrations in the city. Photographs documenting protest marches, posters from various community events, and covers from The Body Politic, Canada’s internationally renowned queer newspaper, have also been selected to provide a glimpse into both Canada’s LGBTQ+ history and the CLGA’s vast collection. Book covers from the CLGA’s rare collection of 1960s gay and lesbian pulp fiction, and buttons from past community events and campaigns round out this look at pride and prejudice, Toronto-style.

Building image of Toronto - City Hall Service Canada Centre at 100 Queen Street West in TorontoWorldPride display at Toronto City Hall

Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West (Queen and Bay)
Starting June 21, 2014
In the City Hall Rotunda, the CLGA will present several timelines of significant LGBTQ+ communities and events, such as LGBTQ+ parenting, the bathhouse raids, marriage equality, and more.


Button Block Party

66 Wellesley Street East (Church and Wellesley)
Friday, June 27 at 1pm to 5pm
Drop by to check out Pin Button Pride the mural inspired by The Pin Button Project (, an online exhibition and oral history project featuring pin buttons from the CLGA’s extensive collection. Learn more about Toronto’s LGBTQ+ history, meet pioneering activists, and try your hand at creating your own activist button.




Exhibition at ETFO : Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
136 Isabella Street
Late June
Press Conference: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
This miniature exhibition highlights important LGBTQ+ figures from within the CLGA’s National Portrait Collection along with significant materials and historical memories of the AIDS crises in Toronto and Canada.


To See and Be Seen: T-shirts from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives

Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue, Toronto
June 20 - September 1, 2014

Presented on the occasion of WorldPride 2014 Toronto, To See and Be Seen features t-shirts from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives from the 1970s onwards that represent the fight for visibility and recognition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities. These t-shirts, from organizations such as ACT UP, Queer Nation and local LGBTQ Pride events, demonstrate a range of messages from expressions of identity, political and social struggles, to the celebration of community, love and pride. 

Curated by Joseph Medaglia, this exhibition is produced in collaboration with the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives & the Ryerson University Library and Archives and is supported by the Textile Museum of Canada and the School of Fashion, Ryerson University. Details


What It Means To Be Seen: Photography and Queer Visibility

Ryserson Image Centre
June 18 – August 24, 2014
33 Gould Street, Toronto Ontario
Featuring materials from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, the Black Star Collection at Ryerson University, and other prominent collections in the United States and Europe, this photography exhibition argues for the continued validity — necessity, even — of making queer people visible, collectively and individually. Organized by the Ryerson Image Centre in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario and WorldPride 2014 Toronto. Curated by Sophie Hackett. Details





National Portrait Collection