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Our Impact Our Mission The mission of the Pride Centre of Edmonton is to provide supports that respond to the needs of people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions, communty of the people in their lives. Our Vision We envision a community and vibrant community of Edmontonians who ensure belonging for everyone and who take pride in diversity. Our Core Values We are self-aware and we respect the weight and consequences of our actions We create safe spaces We are intentional and responsive to ensure our programs and services are always relevant We are able and transparent About the Pride Edmontton of Edmonton The Pride Centre of Edmonton leesbian a non-judgmental, welcoming lesbian where people of all attractions, identities, and expressions can be themselves, find support, meet new people, and edmonton part of a caring community. Under our roof is a safe space that welcomes every individual who walks through the doors.

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Joe Achtemichuk donated materials from The Roost Nightclub inand in material that had been kept in a storage room of the Junction Bar and Eatery with materials related to earlier clubs and businesses that shared that same address was donated via Rob Browatzke.

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Leave this field empty if you're human: Get in Touch. We also organize programs such as support groups, social events, and educational seminars to help improve the social, mental, and physical health of our community. More than 1, people come through the doors of the Pride Centre every month. The gender pay gap meant lesbians often struggled to afford high rents, so co-ops were one major of way of coping with the inequity.

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Gay and lesbian archives of edmonton

Between andMichael Phair donated five further accessions for the Gay and Lesbian Archives, including material related to Club 70, Pride awards, Times. Dances attracted everyone from young women to those who were retired. The remaining series in the fonds represents a way to organize the records to reflect what has already been donated, but also allow for expansion as further accruals are received.

The connection between series is again obvious, as for example, the gay entertainment clubs often hosted events and activities as fundraisers for the Aids Network of Edmonton. Womonspace held meetings and maintained a resource library there. Under our roof is a safe space that welcomes every individual who walks through the doors.

Hazeldean Community Hall, July Womonspace members helped organize early Pride events and held open houses during Pride, but their general approach was to avoid involvement in political activities. Gay cultural and social organizations were also established in Edmonton, and two of the series in the fonds relate directly to these: Series 8 is records of the Vocal Minority Music Society which later became Edmonton Vocal Minority, and Series 11 contains records from emonton of the clubs and entertainment venues that operated in Edmonhon.

We have over 20 active weekly and monthly community-aimed programs operating on a drop-in basis. The Gay and Lesbian Archives of Edmonton was created to capture the history and the important records of various organizations created by edmontkn for the Gay and Lesbian community in Edmonton. His name is connected with many of the groups represented in this fonds, and he was a prime mover behind the gathering and preserving of the Gay and Lesbian archive.

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Author Josephine Boxwell August 12, The very act of identifying as lesbian in Edmonton in the s was politicized. Korinek, Valerie J. Womonspace Newsletter August They were a drop-in centre; a resource centre, provided peer counselling services and speaker referrals, while continuing to advocate for gay civil rights. One of the important roles we play in community is providing sensitive and expert information and referrals for those seeking help.

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This fonds was donated by Alan MacDonald in two parts in Continued expansion in these series is also likely. Womonspace is no longer an active society but the group continued to host dances and other events into the s. Subsequent dances proved profitable, and the women were able to pay back the seed money and use the profits from the dances to fund their new organization. Our Core Values We are self-aware and we respect the weight and consequences of our actions We create safe spaces We are intentional and responsive to ensure our programs and services are always relevant We are able and transparent About the Pride Centre of Edmonton The Pride Centre of Edmonton provides a non-judgmental, welcoming space where people of all attractions, identities, and expressions can be themselves, find support, meet new people, and be part of a caring community.

Womonspace: creating space for edmonton’s lesbian community in the s

The last dance they advertised was for Halloween at Bellevue Hall. They made friends, they played ball together.

Most were Edmontonians, but some women drove two or three hours to edmontln the dances, travelling from small towns and rural areas across central Alberta. They also maintained clipping and article files, gathered brochures and pamphlets on numerous topics, kept directories, and other reference materials. Many of the organizations described here had integrated memberships and occasionally shared office space.

Contributors to issues of Womonspace News often went by their first names. An early organization, originating as a University of Alberta student and faculty group lobbying to change laws discriminating against homosexuals, was the Gay Alliance Toward Equality GATEformed ca.

Her novel, Unravelling, will be published by Guernica Editions in late In the s, some volunteers at the dances were tasked with providing security at the door. It was rare. Womonspace News June Within each of these organizations, are administrative records including bylaws, constitution, meeting minutes and documents, financial statements, and correspondence, as well as any type of activity or committee records maintained by the said organization.

Series 5, as an example, is the Edmonton Pride Festival Society records, which had origins with both GALA and GLCCE but outgrew both organizations to form its own society inand is concerned with numerous on-going annual pride events organized for Edmonton. Some members were activists and also belonged to gay rights and feminist organizations; others were still firmly in the closet.

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The Edmonton Pride Festival Society was formed in as the official non-profit organization charged with managing the Pride Festival events. Some members wanted the group to take a more public stance about who they were. About the Author Josephine is a writer of fiction and nonfiction. Of course, they were lesbians, so they had potluck. Lindy recalled the police monitoring the group at communjty.

Liz was expelled from Womonspace following a seven-hour meeting that is still painful for her to recall. Drinking and drugs were part of the dances, and in those early years, fights between the women were common. GATE evolved from a quasi-University activist group to one more representative cpmmunity the general gay community in Edmonton, communityy social services for the community.

The group was more diverse when it came to age and socio-economic backgrounds.