Here’s a list of past articles about LGBT history in Canada. I’m moving through these histories chronologically. The “reflections” sections set context only — either they deal with places other than Canada, or they’re not about LGBT issues particularly, but rather something related. The more specific stuff is in the lower section.
New France (1608-1763)
- 1608-1763 — Reflections on New France
- 1648 — First trial for “sodomy” in New France
- 1674-19th Century — European explorers encounter Two-Spirit people
- 1688-1694 — Bishop Saint-Vallier’s Moral Crusade
- 1691 — The infamous case of Lieutenant Nicolas Daussy, Seigneur de Saint-Michel
- 1738 – Queer women in New France, and the case of Esther Brandeau
- Concusion and Summary
British North America (1763-1867)
- 1763-1867 — Reflections on British North America
- 1763-1867 — Homosexuality and British North America
- 1796-1841 — The first sodomy trials
- 1810 — Alexander Wood
- 1838 — The George Herchmer Markland scandal
- 1841-1867 — “Sodomites” in the Provincial Penitentiary at Kingston
- 1850-1869 — the end of the death penalty for “sodomy” in Canada
- c. 1850 to c. 1900 — Sappho in Canada
- 1857-1859 — The Story of Dr. James Miranda Barry
- Conclusion and Summary
Early Canada (1867-1914)
- Reflections on Early Canada
- 1800s-1900s — The Disappearance of the Two-Spirit Traditions in Canada
- 1830s-1890s — The Invention of the Police
- 1867-1900 — Changing Attitudes in the West
- 1885 — The “gross indecency” law in Britain
- 1869 — Moïse Tellier’s shop and the Champ-de-Mars
- 1869 — The Joseph Gagnon trial
- 1875-1895 — Two celebrity trials — Widdowes and Wilde
- 1880s — Homophobia and anti-Chinese Racism
- 1880-1920 — The Social Purity movement’s crusade against homosexuality
- 1883-1901 — The media and homosexuality in late 19th century Canada
- 1890 — The creation of “gross indecency” laws in Canada
- 1892 — The First Gross Indecency Trials and the First Raid
- 1896-1920 — Gaydar moments – two poets who may have been gay.
- 1905-1920 — Elsa Gidlow in Canada – the childhood of a lesbian poet in Montreal, and her search for “her kind of people,” gives us our first insider’s look at lesbian and gay life in Canada.
- Roswell George Mills – Gidlow’s closest friend. One of the first known openly gay man in Canada, his home was the centre of the small community she found.
- Some short profiles of the queer women who were part of Gidlow’s community in Montreal.
- And short profiles of the gay and bisexual men in that same circle.
These are the clean-ups of my historical entries — to add new information, to add links, or to correct factual information:
- June 24, 2007: factual errors
- July 2, 2007: created links, added bits of information to many articles
- July 7, 2007: fixed spelling errors (damn the archaic long “s” in old manuscripts), and revised theories about Saint-Michel based on my improved knowledge of the French court system
- July 10, 2007: Split one massive entry into three
- September 11, 2007 — added some more material to Homosexuality and British North America, because I’d found additional articles.
- November 17, 2007 — An apology for the long hiatus
- April 13, 2008 — I’ve been doing a heavy cleanup of the site over the last few months, and while most of it has been minor changes to theories, or grammatical errors, there have been substantial changes to my article on the Provincial Penitentiary at Kingston. These changes are the fruit of my research at Ontario’s provincial archives.