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Oral History Interview with John Gartshore (1984)

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Title

Oral History Interview with John Gartshore (1984)

Subject

oral history, SM, bathhouse raids, Foolscap, Upper Canada College, University of Toronto, Air Canada, work, army, Letros, CHAT, homophile, Christianity, Episcopal, Chicago, Integrity

Description

John Gartshore, a gay man age 58 at time on interview, begins the conversation outlining the his early realizations of him homosexuality at Upper Canada College. He continues onward choronologically, discussing his incomplete BA at Trinity College of University of Toronto, and involvement at St Mary Magdalene. He then explains beginning work at Air Canada (called Trans Canada Airlines at time of hiring) and then his being convinced to joi the army subsequently. Through the army, Gartshore was introduced to the Toronto gay culture – starting at Letros. Gartshore discusses his activism, through CHAT and later Courtwatch, throughout the interview, as well as his experiences consolidating his Christianity and queer identity, including his experience with the gay caucus of the Episcopal Church in Chicago and the formation of the Toronto Chapter of Integrity. Gartshore closes the interview with a brief recount of his experience with police entrapment at the bathhouse raids, and a story about his coming out at the workplace.

Creator

Foolscap Oral History Project

Date

1984-11-15

Contributor

John Grube

Rights

CLGA

Format

PDF, WAV

Language

English

Type

sound and text

Identifier

2016-034

Coverage

Toronto, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s

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Citation

Foolscap Oral History Project, “Oral History Interview with John Gartshore (1984),” The ArQuives Digital Exhibitions, accessed April 6, 2020, http://digitalexhibitions.arquives.ca/items/show/807.

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