Monday, December 06, 2004

Queer Canadian History Resources

From mid December until early January we will be heading back to Ontario to spend the holidays with family and friends. I won't have much chance to work on my social movement history project over that period (though I hope to continue blogging) so I am bringing with me a bunch of material to read that is relevant to one of the sample chapters I will soon be preparing. The following is a list of book-length resources relevant to the history of gay and lesbian movements in Canada -- I have read a couple, I will be reading a bunch more, and there are a few I probably won't get to or even be able to find easily. In other words, for most of them I'm not yet able to comment on their quality nor their usefulness for any particular purpose. Still, some folks might find the list useful.

  • Never Going Back: A History of Queer Activism in Canada by Tom Warner. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002.

  • Lesbian and gay rights in Canada: social movements and equality-seeking, 1971-1995 by Miriam Smith. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999.

  • The Regulation of Desire: Homo and Hetero Sexualities, 2nd Edition, by Gary Kinsman. Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1996.

  • Rights of passage: struggles for lesbian and gay legal equality by Didi Herman. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1994.

  • Challenging the conspiracy of silence: my life as a Canadian gay activist by Jim Egan, compiled and edited by Donald W. McLeod. Toronto: Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, 1998.

  • Are we ’persons’ yet?: Law and sexuality in Canada by Kathleen A. Lahey. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999.

  • Lesbian and gay liberation in Canada: a selected annotated chronology, 1964-1975 by Donald W. McLeod. Toronto: ECW Press/Homewood Books, 1996

  • The house that Jill built: a lesbian nation in formation by Becki L. Ross. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1995.

  • Lesbians in Canada edited by Sharon Dale Stone. Toronto: Between the Lines, 1990.

  • Breaking the chains: the struggle for gay liberation and socialism by Susan Tyburn. Toronto: Worker’s Action Books, 1979.

  • Flaunting It! A Decade of Gay Journalism from The Body Politic edited by Ed Jackson and Stan Persky. Vancouver: New Star Books; Toronto: Pink Triangle Press, 1982.

  • Out Our Way: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Country by Michael Riordon. Toronto: Between the Lines, 1996.

I welcome suggestions from readers who know of other relevant resources.

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