Fonds MS-15-16 - Gerard Veldhoven fonds

Newspaper articles about same-sex marriage rights and Gerard Veldhoven's involvement with Pride e... Typescript of the speech "Same sex marriage versus family division" Typescript of the speech "Queer Parenting and Grand Parenting" Typescript of a speech for Continuing Care Typescript of the speech "Equal Treatment in a Just Society" Typescript of the speech given at the Pride Week Panel 2013 Typescript of the speech given to the Pictou County Health Authority A letter from Gerard Veldhoven to Rev. Brian J. Dunn A letter from Rev. Brian J. Dunn to Gerard Veldhoven Laminated clippings of Gerard Veldhoven's weekly newspaper column Refocus (2016 - 2020) Newspaper articles and correspondence written by and about Gerald Veldhoven Printed copy of an article published online "Gay Parenting and Grand Parenting: A personal account" Typescript of a speech presented to PFLAG in Sackville, NB Transcript of the article "Historical wedding in Amherst, Nova Scotia" Press release for Gerald Veldhoven Printed copy of an article published online "Fighting to permit gay marriages within churches" by... Printed copy of one page of an article published online "Amherst resident slams Casey on stance o... I Am What I Amherst : [magazine article] Proclamation of Pride Week for the town of Amherst Printed copy of an article published online "Gay rights advocate set an example simply by being w... Transcript of the article "Canadian activist urges Nova Scotia churches to allow same-sex marriage" Printed copy of an article published online "Showdown imminent?" by Darrell Cole Printed copy of an article published online "Trinity-St. Stephen's to permit same-sex marriages" ... Poster for "LBGTQ Rights in Canada" presentation at CBUSU Women's Centre

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Gerard Veldhoven fonds

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  • 2004 - 2020 (Creation)
    Veldhoven, Gerard

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Gerard Veldhoven is a longtime LGBTQ activist; he and Norman Carter were the first same-sex couple to be legally married in Atlantic Canada. Born in the Netherlands in 1940, he immigrated to Canada as a teenager and has largely lived in Halifax, Amherst and Pictou, Nova Scotia. For many years he wrote a weekly column on LGBTQ issues that appeared in regional newspapers. He has spearheaded Pride events and other LGBTQ awareness campaigns across Cumberland County and in 2011 was nominated to the Order of Nova Scotia. He has served as both president and vice president of the board of directors for the Pictou County Centre for Sexual Health (PCCSH), and was the 2016 recipient of Sexual Health Nova Scotia’s Sexcellence Award. His memoir, A Passion for Equality, My Personal Journey, was published in 2020.

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Materials were donated to the Dalhousie University Archives by Gerard Veldhoven through the Nova Scotia LGBT Seniors Archive.

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Fonds consists of Gerard Veldhoven's published writing, correspondence, and speeches. Veldhoven's writings cover subjects including same-sex marriage, LGBT parenting and families, Pride celebrations, and LGBT social issues. Fonds also contains clippings and correspondence related to Veldhoven's experience as part of the first same-sex couple to be married in Nova Scotia, as well as his activism, writing career, and honours.

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Gerard Veldhoven


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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Gerard Veldhoven fonds, MS-15-16, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.


Newspaper articles were digitized and the originals discarded. Articles exist in digital format only.

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