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Oral History Interview with George Hislop (1987)

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Title

Oral History Interview with George Hislop (1987)

Subject

oral history, gay liberation, organisations, CHAT, University of Toronto Homophile Association, Toronto Gay Action Group, The Body Politic, GATE, activism, cruising, bars, Foolscap

Description

In this oral history interview George Hislop, 59 years old, discusses growing up gay in Toronto from the 1930 until the 1980s. He describes his early life, first homosexual experiences, coming out, education, participation in the Toronto gay scene, and his later activism and involvement in politics. The interview follows a linear time, tracing the evolution of the Toronto gay scene since the 1940s. It details the different ways in which gay men socialized and organized through time, highlighting the particular turning points in the Canadian context, instead of arguing for a pre- and post-Stonewall narrative. He describes the formation of groups such as U of T’s homophile association, CHAT, Toronto Gay Action Group, GATE, The Body Politic, among others. He also describes the tensions between older and younger generations of gay men involved in activist organizations and the gay liberation movement. The interview also covers the relationship among gay and lesbians organizing, feminist and left activism in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as cruising in parks and theatres, gay bar culture in the city, private parties, and other forms of socializing.

Creator

Foolscap Oral History Project

Date

1987-02-20

Contributor

John Grube, LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory (Elspeth Brown, PI), Zohar Freeman

Rights

CLGA

Format

PDF, WAV

Language

English

Type

Sound, text

Identifier

2016-034

Coverage

Toronto 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s

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Citation

Foolscap Oral History Project, “Oral History Interview with George Hislop (1987),” The ArQuives Digital Exhibitions, accessed September 19, 2019, https://digitalexhibitions.arquives.ca/items/show/746.

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