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BC Gay and Lesbian Archives Photography Collection


The British Columbia Gay and Lesbian Archives has been operating in Vancouver’s West End since 1976. The purpose of the archive is to document the ongoing development and growth of the queer community in British Columbia. The archive is unique for its geographical focus on BC and for holding several valuable materials relating to the time period in which queer topics were ignored by mainstream media or even criminalized.


The archive has also made special effort to include peoples and topics that are underrepresented in other collections or in mainstream queer media, such as: women, rural and/or small-town life, disability, ethnic and religious minorities, seniors, and youth. As such, the archive holds many rare materials and in some cases holds the only physical copies of certain records. The B.C. Gay and Lesbian Archives is also the only archive that preserves materials related specifically to LGBT history in the province.


This image collection consist of 75 photographs that have been gifted to the archive over many years by various members of the community. The photographs range from the 1950s to the 2000s. You can browse all the items in the collection, or view items by suggested topics and by decade below.


This collection was digitized in 2016 by Eirian Vining, Sophie Roberge, and Taylor Kenkel.


If you have any corrections or additional information about any of the photographs, contact Ron Dutton at rondutton@shaw.ca.


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