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Queer Legends: An Oral History Podcast

Sep 27, 2022

This self-made black queen has one of the most fascinating origine stories you've ever heard. "Barbada de Barbades" has been exciting drag and comedy show audiences across Quebec for nearly two decades. She co-hosts Call me Mother across Canada on OUTtv, is always booked for drag story hour and is currently popping up...


Jun 20, 2022

Did you know? After the community protests against the violent 1990 raid of the queer loft party 'Sex Garage' (listen to episode 1 for details), Montreal police continued to harass protesters. Linda Dawn Hammond's photos put police brutality against 2SLGBTQ+ Montrealers in the headlines and that made her a police...


Jun 14, 2022

This episode explores whether Canada already had its first gay Prime Minister, but missed them. In Canada's capital, there's a romantic statue of Sir Galahad on Parliament Hill. It was created in 1905 by then future prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King, in memory of a heroic act by his dearest friend. Former MP,...


May 22, 2022

As Montréal, Québec prepares to host the 24th International AIDS Conference this July, it's important to reflect on the fifth international AIDS conference in 1989. In this Queer Legends Quickie, Concordia University professor Karen Herland takes us behind the scenes of pre-internet activism that helped...


Mar 17, 2022

Between the 1950s and mid-1990s, the Government of Canada used to hunt down, harass and fire LGBT members of the Canadian Armed Forces, the RCMP and the federal public service. A young military officer named Michelle Douglas challenged the military and helped bring that shameful policy and the “LGBT Purge” to an end...