Sunday, May 5th
Did you know that there was a gay “Kiss-In” on the steps of City Hall in 1985? That in 1997 a small group of people protested being kicked out of a local dance club because two men in their party were dancing together? That Kingston has hosted a popular queer film festival for over thirteen years? Grounded in long-standing participation in the queer community and over three years of historical research, this walk follows some of the key developments in Kingston’s GLBTQ community. Peppered with oral accounts from local oral histories, archival photos, and on the ground stories, this tour is sure to provide you with a better understanding of where the queer community has been and where it is today.
Matt Salton is a native Kingstonian with a long history in both the arts and activist communities. Matt has been raising the profile and visibility of the queer community in Kingston for over 14 years through the Reelout Arts Project Inc.
Marney McDiarmid has been an active member of Kingston’s queer community for over fifteen years. Much of the foundation for this walk is based on her MA thesis on Kingston’s lesbian and gay history from 1940-1980.