Rebecca Rose continues her virtual tour of historic LGBTQ2S+ Halifax with a look at Citadel Hill and other popular cruising spots in the sixties and seventies. “If the action fails, there’s always the view.”
Today historic LGBTQ2S+ history guide Rebecca Rose takes us to the beverage room in the Dresden Arms Hotel. People from the hotel used to come down to watch the lesbians.
Rebecca Rose continues her virtual tour of LGBTQ2S+ history with a visit of the Green Lantern Building on Barrington Street.
Rebecca Rose takes us on a virtual tour of some significant spots in Halifax LGBTQ2S+ history. First stop, the Turret!
Dr. OmiSoore Dryden:”Perhaps we can focus on why colonialism, racism and anti-black racism are fights that continue for queer and trans folks, be committed in taking actions to combat and disrupt and then, maybe then, we can come together to celebrate.”
On June 24th, B(QT)LM-Halifax will host a Vigil for Black Queer, Trans and Gender non-conforming (GNC) people lost to violence, including police violence. This includes Tony McDade, a Black trans man killed by police on May 27th and two Black trans women Riah Milton and Dominique “Rem’Mie” Fells who were killed within 24 hours of each other. As organizers point out, “The violence continued when they were all deadnamed and misgendered.”
Kate MacDonald on a city without Menz and Mollyz: “So what queer space can we dream into existence now? Without holding back, how big do we dare to dream and how can we get there? I have no answers to these questions. But trust me, I am dreaming. I am playing loud music in my headphones. I am dancing like I am still there.”
Taylor Linloff writes about their experiences growing up in Cape Breton as a rural nonbinary femme on the autism spectrum.
Documenting the histories of local activism is of vital importance, and Before the Parade, a wonderful new book by Rebecca Rose on the history of Halifax’s gay, lesbian and bisexual communities in the seventies and early eighties is a very welcome addition.
This weekend’s weekend video features Toronto activist and singer Faith Nolan, with a rousing song about Viola Desmond. I found out about Faith’s connections with Nova Scotia while reading Before the Parade, a great book by Rebecca Rose about LGBTQ activism in Halifax in the seventies and early eighties. Watch the video and buy the book!