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69 Positions: Critically Revisiting the Partial Decriminalization of Sodomy & Abortion Through the Canadian & Québec Archive

SUM Gallery - 268 Keefer Street (Suite 425)
Vancouver BC V6A 1X5


May 9 - August 4, 2019

Tuesdays - Saturdays, 12:00 - 6:00pm

SUM Gallery (268 Keefer Street - Suite 425), Vancouver


August 8th - 25th, 2019

Tuesdays - Saturdays, 12:00 - 6:00pm

MAI, Montreal, arts interculturels (3600 Jeanne Mance St), Montreal


To commemorate and problematize the 50th anniversary of this milestone, the Queer Media Database Canada-Québec (hereafter, MEDIAQUEER) has planned an ambitious series of screenings and archival exhibitions entitled “69 Positions: Decriminalization in the Queer Canadian and Quebec Archive” in which we will screen landmark works of film in tandem with archival exhibitions about the history of (and around) this paradigm shift. 

The 1969 Omnibus Bill reflected the changing mores of the time, but was far from revolutionary. Gay and lesbian activists would soon have to face a dizzying array of challenges from homophobic police forces and the religious right – as shown in Gary Kinsman and Patricia Gentile’s Canada’s War on Queers (UBC Press, 2010), Thomas Waugh’s collection The Fruit Machine (Duke UP, 2000), and the forthcoming research creation/exhibition project “Afterhours at Madame Arthur” (Julianne Pidduck & Julie Podmore, Never Apart, Montréal, July-September, 2019), as well as Pidduck’s “Reading the Multimedia Archive Surrounding Montreal’s Post-War LGBTQ Bars: A Genealogical Return to Madame Arthur and Il était une fois dans l’Est” (Québec Studies, 60).