Queer history is everywhere. Every place has a story to tell. Some stories are more visible and well known, while others have been hidden and kept silent due to fear, persecution, and prejudice. The Edmonton Queer History Project is designed to help tell our stories by documenting what queer life was like in our city over the past 50+ years. Most of these histories are undocumented or known only to a few members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two spirit and queer communities. Seldom are queer lives or culture included as part of our city’s official history, school curricula, or public discourse. We intend to help break this silence.
These are the stories and experiences of the people, places, and moments that have helped build and define our city. These are the stories of our friends, family members, city builders, lovers, activists, artists, and so many others. These are also the stories of queer life that have been hiding in plain view. You only needed to know where to look to find them. We have always been here. Sometimes silent. Other times loud. But always present.