Fonds MS-15-6 - Brenda Hattie fonds

Photograph of Bette MacDonald and three unknown men Photograph of Bette MacDonald Photograph of Marie Paturel and Sam Wilson Photograph of Alexa McDonough and Dr. Brenda Hattie Photograph of Reverend Darlene Young and Mun Lei Photograph of Adam Dolliver Photograph of Bette MacDonald and Sean Foreman Photograph of Darrell Dexter Photograph of Parker Barss Donham and Daniel MacKay Photograph of Eric MacDonald, Bob Fougere, and Adam Dolliver Photograph of Eric MacDonald and Adam Dolliver Photograph of Sam Wilson and Anne — Photograph of Dr. Brenda Hattie, Bette MacDonald, and Anne — Photograph of two unnamed women Photograph of two unnamed women Photograph of Reverend Darlene Young signing marriage certificate Photograph of Mun Lei Kai signing marriage certificate Photograph of Mun Lei Kai signing marriage certificate Photograph of Dr. Brenda Hattie signing marriage certificate Photograph of Dr. Brenda Hattie signing marriage certificate Photograph of Reverend Darlene Young marrying two unnamed women Photograph of Dr. Brenda Hattie and Reverend Darlene Young

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Brenda Hattie fonds

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22 photographs : col. ; 10 x 15 cm and 10 x 16.5 cm

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Brenda Hattie was born in Halifax and raised in the Annapolis Valley and Pictou County. She studied at the University of King's College and Universite Sainte-Anne, where she earned her BA in 1981. Taking classes in psychology and sociology in her early twenties exposed her to feminist theology and led her to question many of her religious beliefs, especially those related to sexual orientation. In 1998 she entered into a same-sex relationship and subsequently left her religious community. In 2000 Brenda moved to Halifax to pursue an MA in Women's Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University. Over the next four years she also volunteered in the queer community as a director for NSRAP, and later as a director for Safe Harbour Metropolitan Community Church, in 2005 winning an award for her service to the LGBTQ community. She was witness to some of the first same-sex marriages in Nova Scotia in October 2005.

She was a research assistant at the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging from 2005-2013, where she worked on a range of projects, including several related to age-friendly communities. Brenda has co-authored a number of reports and given presentations on her work at national and international academic conferences. She has also co-published a number of refereed journal articles. Brenda completed a PhD in Philosophy of Educational Studies in 2018. She continues to teach at Mount Saint Vincent University and is currently researching the work and social lives of the women who worked at the Dartmouth Marine Slips during World War II. Her most recent activism involved advocacy for banning conversion therapy in Nova Scotia. The ban came into effect in 2018.

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Fonds contains photographs of LGBT-related events in Halifax, taken by Dr. Brenda Hattie. Photographs depict one of the first same-sex marriages to take place Nova Scotia, officiated in July 2005 at Safe Harbour Metropolitan Community Church by the church's pastor, Reverend Darlene Young; and the 2008 Community Hero Awards, organized by the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project. Fonds also contains one photograph of Dr. Hattie and Reverend Young following a Safe Harbour service.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Brenda Hattie fonds, MS-15-6, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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