Any Other Way

Any Other Way

How Toronto Got Queer

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"Toronto is home to multiple and thriving queer communities that reflect the dynamism of a global city. Any Other Way is an eclectic and richly illustrated local history that reveals how these individuals and community networks have transformed Toronto from a place of churches and conservative mores into a city that has consistently led the way in queer activism, not just in Canada but internationally. From the earliest pioneers to the parades, pride and politics of the contemporary era, Any Other Way draws on a range of voices to explore how the residents of queer Toronto have shaped and reshaped one of the world’s most diverse cities. Any Other Way includes chapters on: Oscar Wilde’s trip to Toronto; early cruising areas and gay/lesbian bars; queer shared houses; a pioneering collective counter-archive project; bath house raids; LBGT-police conflicts; the Queen Street art/music/activist scene; and a profile of Jackie Shane, the trans R&B singer who performed in drag in both Toronto and Los Angeles, and gained international fame with her 1962 chart-topping single, ‘Any Other Way.’"--
Publisher: Toronto : Coach House Books, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781552453483
1552453480
Branch Call Number: 306.76609713541 ANY
Characteristics: 367 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm

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This book of essays gives a historical account of how the LGBTQ community transformed Toronto from a socially conservative city to a vibrant city known locally and globally for supporting gay activism


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Aug 07, 2017

I wouldn't want to discourage anyone from reading this book - for people who identify somewhere in LGBTQQIP2SAA perhaps it should be required reading [advice columnist Don Savage reportedly once said: "Soon we'll be taking over the entire alphabet." - I now realise that the new contraction is simply "queer".] In any case, all of the letters are well covered, and having read the whole book I now feel somewhat caught up - although to what I'm not sure- I might now at least be reasonably up-to-date on the latest jargon. I related to the book as someone who came out in Toronto in the very early 70's. Don't let it being Toronto-centric put you off - its contributors came from all over the place. Over 100 essays, snippets of life experience covering the whole current rainbow. Those I enjoyed the most related people's experiences way before gay lib, those that discussed involvement in the early movement, and those by people who were involved in the government's initial slag response to AIDS. A lot of the essays are by people whose life experience is absolutely different than my own, but somehow the same - a very worthwhile education. There are enough pretentious essays and obtuse convoluted ramblings by the new self-appointed queer elite to be off-putting - they may speak to you or not. But it's a good book to have in the heap.

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