September 26, 2013
Some LGTB History in Thunder Bay
In June of 1988, cast and crew of Thunder Gay Magazine, a community access television program, booked a cruise on The Welcome Ship to celebrate the conclusion of their first year of broadcast. However, when co-owner of the ship, Norma Gurney, found out they were gay she stated that homosexuals were not welcome on The Welcome Ship and cancelled the booking. She claimed that Thunder Bay Gays, a local social group, were known to get out of control and that the crew, which included her husband, would be uncomfortable with them on board. TGM filed a compaint against the Gurney’s with The Ontario Human Rights Commission. “There is no merit to their claim,” said Gurney, but almost a year later, the claim was settled and the Gurneys were required to comply with the provisions of the human rights code, declaring that they would no longer refuse any group on the basis of sexual orientation and they invited Thunder Gay Magazine to charter the boat at anytime
Persians are as much a part of the twin cities as The Sleeping Giant itself! With the closure of the silver mines, local commerce is now based on the rich pink icing found in abundance all over the face of The Sleeping Giant
See more of my ink transfer prints at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives gallery space:
Colour Coded runs from Sept 13 through Nov 3rd at The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, 34 Isabella Street, Toronto. Open Tuesday – Thursday 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Facebook event page here.