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National Portrait Collection Call for Proposals

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CLGA's Digital Collection

Explore highlights from the CLGA’s collections of personal and organizational papers, artefacts, ephemera and more! more

What’s in the Archives? LGBTQ2+ Kids’ Lit

If you have been to the Archives, then you know that there are all sorts of unexpected and incredible things tucked away in every corner. more

Connect With Our Collections

Every archive or library has to decide what kind of material it will gather, preserve, and make available. Factors shaping such decisions include: the institution's specific purpose and constituency; the limits of its human, physical and financial resources; and the availability of similar material held elsewhere by other archives or libraries.

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Digital Collection

Explore highlights from the the world's largest independent collection of LGBTQ+ documentary heritage. Meet the people, places and organizations that have made a difference for LGBTQ+ Canada.

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Please Donate

Established in 2013, in celebration of our 40th Anniversary, the Guardians of the Archives are those individuals who generously commit $1000 and above annually to ensure we are able to cover those operational expenses that will house, protect and secure our stories - our treasures - for generations to come.

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ABOUT THE CANADIAN LESBIAN AND GAY ARCHIVES

We collect and maintain information related to LGBTQ2+ life in Canada. We gather material on people, organizations, issues and events. We store artifacts, allow for public display and secure them for the future. We are the largest independent LGBTQ2+ archives in the world. We are a charity founded in 1973 and we rely mostly on donations from the public.

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News & Updates from the CLGA

Contract Archives Assistant (4 months, 37.5 hours/week)

Contract Archives Assistant (4 months, 37.5 hours/week)

The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) is the largest independent LGBTQ2+ archives in the world. Primarily a volunteer-run organization, with a focus on Canadian content, the CLGA acquires, preserves and provides public access to information and archival materials in any medium. The organization offers a range of research, exhibition, educational and community programming. We… Read More

Construction Notice

As we continue our efforts to make the CLGA more accessible, we are now renovating the front of the house to add a ramp to the front entrance. The exterior construction started Monday, September 17, 2018 and will continue until late November. The first steps will be working to fence off the tree at the front… Read More

Interview with Jennifer Aja Fernandes: Reaching Out Anew

Interview with Jennifer Aja Fernandes: Reaching Out Anew

Recently, the CLGA welcomed Jennifer Aja Fernandes as its new Community Outreach Coordinator. Despite only having been at the Archives for a short three months, Jennifer is already busy making partnerships and talking to the community. We got to ask her about what she’s been working on, her extensive background in working with youth in… Read More

Reading Elsewhere, Acting Here: On the timely repeal of Section 377

Reading Elsewhere, Acting Here: On the timely repeal of Section 377

By: Sajdeep Soomal On Thursday, 6 September 2018, the Supreme Court of India decriminalized homosexuality by striking down Section 377 of the Indian penal code that punished “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” with up to life imprisonment. It was a hard-fought and won victory for LGBTQ2+ activists in South Asia, and serves as… Read More

Contract Archives Assistant (4 months, 37.5 hours/week)

Contract Archives Assistant (4 months, 37.5 hours/week)

The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) is the largest independent LGBTQ2+ archives in the world. Primarily a volunteer-run organization, with a focus on Canadian content, the CLGA acquires, preserves and provides public access to information and archival materials in any medium. The organization offers a range of research, exhibition, educational and community programming. We… Read More

Construction Notice

As we continue our efforts to make the CLGA more accessible, we are now renovating the front of the house to add a ramp to the front entrance. The exterior construction started Monday, September 17, 2018 and will continue until late November. The first steps will be working to fence off the tree at the front… Read More

Interview with Jennifer Aja Fernandes: Reaching Out Anew

Interview with Jennifer Aja Fernandes: Reaching Out Anew

Recently, the CLGA welcomed Jennifer Aja Fernandes as its new Community Outreach Coordinator. Despite only having been at the Archives for a short three months, Jennifer is already busy making partnerships and talking to the community. We got to ask her about what she’s been working on, her extensive background in working with youth in… Read More

Reading Elsewhere, Acting Here: On the timely repeal of Section 377

Reading Elsewhere, Acting Here: On the timely repeal of Section 377

By: Sajdeep Soomal On Thursday, 6 September 2018, the Supreme Court of India decriminalized homosexuality by striking down Section 377 of the Indian penal code that punished “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” with up to life imprisonment. It was a hard-fought and won victory for LGBTQ2+ activists in South Asia, and serves as… Read More

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Telephone: 416-777-2755
Email: queeries@clga.ca

Street Address:
34 Isabella Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1N1

Mailing Address:
Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
P.O. Box 699
663A Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1Z9

PUBLIC HOURS

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Friday

NOTE TO RESEARCHERS:
Some of our materials are stored off site. Before visiting the archives, please send us an email at queeries@clga.ca listing in detail the topics and sources that you wish to consult and we will let you know when they will be available. We aim to respond to email inquiries within 4 business days.

CONSTRUCTION NOTICE:

As we continue our efforts to make the CLGA more accessible, we are now renovating the front of the house to add a ramp to the front entrance. The exterior construction started Monday, September 17, 2018 and will continue until late November. The first steps will be working to fence off the tree at the front of the house. Please note that there will not be any construction work done during public service hours. Should there be any disruptions affecting our access to the front door and/or work in the house during this process, we will post a notice as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we try to make the CLGA more accessible to all. If you have any questions/concerns, please contact the Executive Director, Raegan Swanson, at executivedirector@clga.ca

Update – Sep 27, 2018: The front door is currently not accessible due to construction. Please use the back door until further notice.


The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives is located on the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishnaabe and the Huron-Wendat. Today, Toronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

The CLGA strives to gather the stories of the unheard and silenced voices of the 2SLGBTQ+ first peoples of this land. We acknowledge that some stories have already been lost, and we aim to ensure that those that remain and those that are to come are preserved for the future.