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Metamorphosis

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National Portrait Collection Call for Proposals

Do you know people who have made significant contributions to your LGBTQ2+ community? more

What's In The Archives?

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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

A Literary Look at the Archives

The CLGA is the lucky repository of  The Videofag Book, a fascinating look back at this brief but impactful moment in Toronto's queer history. 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 are Canada's LGBTQ2+ Archive. We collect and maintain collections related to LGBTQ2+ life in Canada, including books, archival papers, artifacts, photographs, and art. Founded in 1973, we have grown to become the largest independent LGBTQ2+ archive in the world.

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News & Updates from the CLGA

Queer Progress: an archival workshop with activist-historian Tim McCaskell on the Toronto of post-decriminalization, 1969-1974

Revisiting his own granular research that forms the backbone of the activist history Queer Progress: from Homophobia to Homonationalism, Toronto activist and education advocate Tim McCaskell will discuss queer politics in the period from the 1969 Omnibus to his first Gay Pride in 1974. Participants will get an up- close look at the documents and… Read More

Literary Look In The Archives

Literary Look In The Archives

            I read Jonny Appleseed as soon as I spotted it at the archives, and I fell in love with this book. The novel, by Two-Spirit/Indiqueer writer Joshua Whitehead, is the 2018 follow up to his 2017 poetry collection Full Metal Indigiqueer.  I hesitated to write about it, acknowledging that the book is far outside… Read More

Dishing with Monika and Mary

Dishing with Monika and Mary

CBC personality and long-time CLGA supporter Mary Ito takes the reins as emcee for the CLGA’s 2019 Metamorphosis Gala at the Toronto Reference Library. Monika Deol, beauty entrepreneur and former VJ extraordinaire, had the mic in 2017. The two connected recently for a chat about pre-gala rituals and the unexpected experiences of working live on-air.… Read More

Dis/patches from the Foreign Office: The Uganda File (Part 1)

Dis/patches from the Foreign Office: The Uganda File (Part 1)

In Dis/patches from the Foreign Office, Sajdeep Soomal explores newspaper articles, legal cases, and other ephemera stored in the CLGA’s international collection. There is no shortage of material in the Uganda file. The earliest documents in the file are dated to the early 1980s, when news about HIV infection rates reached epidemic proportions in the… Read More

Queer Progress: an archival workshop with activist-historian Tim McCaskell on the Toronto of post-decriminalization, 1969-1974

Revisiting his own granular research that forms the backbone of the activist history Queer Progress: from Homophobia to Homonationalism, Toronto activist and education advocate Tim McCaskell will discuss queer politics in the period from the 1969 Omnibus to his first Gay Pride in 1974. Participants will get an up- close look at the documents and… Read More

Literary Look In The Archives

Literary Look In The Archives

            I read Jonny Appleseed as soon as I spotted it at the archives, and I fell in love with this book. The novel, by Two-Spirit/Indiqueer writer Joshua Whitehead, is the 2018 follow up to his 2017 poetry collection Full Metal Indigiqueer.  I hesitated to write about it, acknowledging that the book is far outside… Read More

Dishing with Monika and Mary

Dishing with Monika and Mary

CBC personality and long-time CLGA supporter Mary Ito takes the reins as emcee for the CLGA’s 2019 Metamorphosis Gala at the Toronto Reference Library. Monika Deol, beauty entrepreneur and former VJ extraordinaire, had the mic in 2017. The two connected recently for a chat about pre-gala rituals and the unexpected experiences of working live on-air.… Read More

Dis/patches from the Foreign Office: The Uganda File (Part 1)

Dis/patches from the Foreign Office: The Uganda File (Part 1)

In Dis/patches from the Foreign Office, Sajdeep Soomal explores newspaper articles, legal cases, and other ephemera stored in the CLGA’s international collection. There is no shortage of material in the Uganda file. The earliest documents in the file are dated to the early 1980s, when news about HIV infection rates reached epidemic proportions in the… 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

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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 renovating the front of the house to add a ramp to the front entrance. 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


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.