A salute to the brave souls who set off for TORONTO’s first Gay Picnic 43 years ago on Sunday, August 1/1971. It was held at HANLAN’S POINT on Toronto Islands, site of our present-day clothing optional beach.
The first Gay Pride Week in TORONTO took place in 1972. There was a small march downtown, followed by the second annual Gay Picnic on WARD’S ISLAND, August 20/1972.
PHOTO BELOW – Gay Pride Weekend in TORONTO, June/2013
ARCHIVAL IMAGES – CLGA, the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, 2nd largest in the world, 34 Isabella Street, 416-777-2755, http://www.clga.ca
In the 1970’s, some determined individuals brought into being two LGBTQ institutions which (through thick and thin) survive to this day. GLAD DAY BOOKSHOP, founded in 1970, almost went under, but was rescued by CEO Michael Erickson and others in the community. Through four decades, GLAD DAY has fought against censorship of gay and lesbian books, magazines, and videos. A mail order/info website – http://www.gladdaybookshop.com – has been launched.
GLAD DAY is the oldest, continuously operating LGBTQ bookshop in the world.
Founded in 1973, the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) has become the second-largest LGBT archive in the world. After years of operating in tiny, cramped offices, the Archive moved to 34 Isabella Street in September of 2009. The heritage building constructed in 1858, contains a reading room, art gallery, and a rentable meeting room for other community groups.
HOURS – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, 7:30-10 pm; Subway stop – BLOOR, and walk south to Isabella Street http://www.clga.ca