File contains articles, pamphlets, clippings, excerpts, and other reference materials used by GayLine volunteers to inform conversations regarding religion, homosexuality, sexual and mental health, relationships, and women's issues
Fonds primarily contains records of the GayLine collected by Ron and Bryan Garnett-Doucette. The Halifax GayLine opened in 1972 and ceased operations in 1996. It provided information, counselling and referral service to the gay/lesbian/bisexual (and curious and homophobic) communities. Staffed by trained volunteers, it was funded initially by the Gay Alliance for Equality and later by its successor organization the Gay and Lesbian Association. Later, other gay organizations donated resources for the phone line. In 1994 the name was changed to the Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Line. Fonds contains three series; one containing administrative and financial records, one containing recruitment and training materials, and one containing reference materials for volunteers. Materials include monthly and annual reports; meeting minutes; call logs and templates; staff notebooks; correspondence; pamphlets; volunteer training session materials, application forms and guidelines; flyers; legal briefs and resources; newsletters; essays; bibliographies; and directories.
Series contains reference materials used by volunteers of the GayLine. Series is divided into two subseries. The first sub-series contains reference and educational materials used by GayLine volunteers covering issues such as homosexuality and coming out, sexual heath and AIDS prevention, alcoholism and substance abuse, abuse in LGBT relationships, parenting, discrimination, legal rights, and women's issues. Materials include pamphlets, flyers, legal briefs and resources, newsletters, essays, and bibliographies. The second subseries contains reference materials relating to the operations of other helplines, as well as information about LGBT businesses and services, community groups, and events in Halifax, across Canada, and in the United States, Europe, Mexico, and Oceania. Materials include advertisements and press releases, pamphlets, newsletters, flyers, information sheets, and directories.
Item consists of a video compilation portfolio by Mark Berabioff with four individual works, including "Crossing the 49th." Crossing the 49th is a narrative fantasy dealing with the notion that the total population of Canada could be swapped with the entire American gay population. The tape uses several methods to address this fantasy: blue American and red Canadian lips share ideas; keyed text in the guise of airport codes and clauses float across the screen; sections of slow-moving, bleached-out shots help create a dreamy effect that runs the entire length of the tape.
Item consists of a compilation tape titled "California Connections" that has video recordings by Wendy Geller, Suzie Silver and Paul Best. "Gays for Better Bodies" challenges the sexual stereotyping of straight and gay men by conflating their domains in this advertisement for a gymnasium for gay men. "Gay Tabs Straight Tabs" uses a corporate advertising format to destabilize heterosexuality among men.
File contains three pages of correspondence from the Rural Gay Men's Group, a correspondence and friendship oriented group based in Port Hardy, British Columbia, and one flyer advertising LYNX, a lesbian correspondence club based in Ottawa.
Item is an audio recording that includes contributions from Jane Morrigan, Joanne, Jennifer, Lynne Wanyeki, Mary Ann Mancini, Darlene, Margot Parker, Erin, Gail, Susan, Thorn Davies, and others who wished to be anonymous. The tape was created by Catherine Hughes and submitted for a Centre for Art Tapes scholarship.