In the twenty-first century, Canada has a reputation for being one of the most gay-friendly nations on earth, a pioneer in legalizing same-sex marriage, and home to enormously popular Pride parades. Yet Canada was not always so hospitable to its gay and lesbian citizens. Homosexuality was only decriminalized in Canada in 1969 and remained socially stigmatized for many years. Queers Were Here: Heroes & Icons of Queer Canada will tell personal stories to illuminate the enormous social changes that have transformed sexuality in Canada. A celebration of queer identity, this book will look back in order to look forward. The book will appeal not only to LGBTQ audiences but also to anyone who wants to re-examine Canada’s history and culture with fresh eyes.
Robin Ganev teaches at the University of Regina (including a course on the history of sexuality) and is the author of Songs of Protest, Songs of Love (University of Manchester Press).
Richard Gilmour has a doctorate in History from York University and was the lead editor for the essay collection Too Asian (Between the Lines).