QMUNITY's Stories of Older Queers

QMUNITY's Stories of Older Queers

The interviews in this collection were donated by QMUNITY, British Columbia's largest LGBTQ community centre, located in Vancouver. The collection here consists of the interviews conducted as part of a project called Stories of Older Queers: Videography and Archives of Queer Elder Experiences that contain lesbian and queer women's content. The entire Stories of Older Queers collection is available through SFU Library's Digital Collections (currently undergoing migration and available again soon).

The project was conducted by QMUNITY's Generations program, which offers services to LGBTQ adults 55+ to address their specific needs. Stories of Older Queers creates a collection of video interviews and still pictures chronicling the experiences - good and bad - of older lesbian-gay-bisexual-transfolk before these pioneers' voices are stilled. The project seeks to recognize the skills and experiences of older LGBTQ adults in successfully navigating a homophobic world and provide a platform for sharing their accumulated wisdom. By recording their experience in a welcoming, non-judgmental environment, queer seniors’ histories have been preserved for future generations of researchers, students, historians, and others interested in the stories of older queers.

The project was funded by the Department of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (later renamed the Department of Employment and Social Development Canada). It received a grant from the Community Participation and Leadership Fund of the New Horizons for Seniors Program.

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