Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives Celebrates WorldPride With An Art Exhibition, Historical Tours, Community Displays and more
TORONTO, ON (May 7, 2014) – As Toronto gears up to host WorldPride 2014, the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) celebrates with a series of public programs that shed light on LGBTQ human rights, identities and histories from around the world. The organization’s WorldPride lineup includes an art exhibition entitled Imaging Home: Resistance, Migration, Contradiction; a historical walking tour in partnership with Heritage Toronto and many other community displays and activities.
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. Works from Uganda, Kenya, Guyana, the Caribbean, India and Toronto are pieced together to tell a compelling story about the challenge of envisioning human rights at home – wherever that home is. 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. A complimentary opening reception will take place at the CLGA (34 Isabella St.) on Tuesday June 24, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“With the addition of photographs and videos that deal with the theme of ‘home’, we hope to draw attention to the many issues experienced locally and internationally,” says CLGA curator, Karen Stanworth. “WorldPride is not just a celebration, but also an opportunity to think about the ongoing crises affecting individuals around the globe.”
Residents and visitors to Toronto are also able to experience a variety of community displays and events presented by the CLGA across the city including:
- A small show of selected work entitled “Queer and Muslim: Finding Peace Within Islam” by Samra Habib. Also opening on June 24 at the CLGA (34 Isabella St).
- A WorldPride display at the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge St.) opening mid May, featuring items from the CLGA’s collections such as posters from early Pride parades and picnics and scans from periodicals and pulp fiction.
- A WorldPride display at Toronto City Hall (100 Queen St. W.) opening June 21, 2014, presenting several timelines of significant LGBTQ communities and events including parenting, the bathhouse raids, marriage equality and more.
- Pride Walk: Discovering Toronto’s LGBTQ Heritage from June 20 – June 27, 2014, (a partnership initiative between the CLGA and Heritage Toronto) features 90 minute historical walking tours of the Church-Wellesley village, inclusive of The Toronto Aids Memorial, The Barn, Glad Day Books, the CLGA and many other notable destinations. Scheduling and tickets ($20) are available by visiting http://heritagetoronto.org.
- In-house tours of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (34 Isabella St.) from June 25 to June 30, 2014. Visitors can drop in during the WorldPride hours (listed below) to view the CLGA facilities and collection.
The CLGA’s WorldPride hours are June 25-26 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., June 27 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and June 28 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For a full schedule of events and programming offered by the CLGA, please visit http://www.clga.ca/worldpride-clga.
About the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives:
The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) is the largest independent LGBTQ+ archives in the world. With a focus on Canadian content, the CLGA acquires, preserves and provides public access to information and archival materials in any medium. By collecting and caring for important historical records, personal papers, unpublished documents, publications, audio-visual material, works of art, photographs, posters, and other artifacts, the CLGA is a trusted guardian of LGBTQ+ histories now and for generations to come.
For more information, high-res images or to book a media tour, please contact:
Cory Stewart, Embrace Disruption PR
Danielle Volpe, Embrace Disruption PR