Written and researched by:
Graham Stinnett, MA
The formation of the Manitoba Gay and Lesbian Archives is a symbolic culmination of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-spirit, and Queer individuals and organizations recording people’s history. Through this active approach to preservation and self-awareness, an outstanding body of knowledge exists today on the life, literature, art, philosophy and history of the Winnipeg LGBTTQ community dating back to the 1920s. Like all social histories, the context of the world surrounding a place in a given time plays a large part in shaping this body of material. However, Winnipeg experienced a particularly active movement of well-organized individuals and groups who took it upon themselves to create their own liberation, seeking to advance the rights of gays and lesbians throughout the province.
For more information on transgendered people, visit the University of Victoria's Transgender Archives.
We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through Library and Archives Canada, and administered by the Canadian Council of Archives.
We also acknowledge the financial support of the University of Manitoba and the Institute for Humanities through the Academic Enhancement Fund.