Our Past Matters: Stories of Gay Calgary
Join Kevin Allen, author of Our Past Matters Stories of Gay Calgary, for an exploration of the city's little known LGBTQ2 History. Learn about Everett Klippert, the Calgary Bus Driver whose Supreme Court case led to the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in 1969. Hear about community organizers who founded the city's first gay clubs and safe spaces, including the legendary Club Carousel. Kevin will share gay tales ranging from the signing of Treaty 7 to debates within the queer community today.
Kevin Allen has been documenting and profiling queer people and events for 25+ years through freelance writing and editing for various queer publications. His book, Our Past Matters Stories of Gay Calgary, launched at the New Central Library in November 2018, where he was the inaugural Historian in Residence. John Ibbitson, from the Globe and Mail, wrote: "This is a Calgary everyone should get to know. There’s no one better equipped than Kevin Allen to give us a tour."Kevin is a career arts administrator and the past Executive Director of the Alberta Media Arts Alliance (AMAAS). He has previously worked for the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF), NUTV, and the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts. Kevin has a Masters Degree in Public Administration, specializing in non-profit management, from the University of Victoria. Additionally, Kevin works as a senior election official for both Elections Canada and Elections Alberta.