Less than a month after the 'We Demand' demonstration on Parliament Hill, Maurice Bélanger and Michael Black invite five others at their home at 906–270 Somerset Street W on September 14, 1971, to discuss forming a gay rights organization in…

Egale Canada (Egale was originally was an acronym for Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere) had started in 1985 as a queer civil rights group in the living room of Jamie Robertson. Their main initial goal was to have sexual orientation protected…

With the increasing costs and amount of time of maintaining printing of the GO Info periodical, Gays of Ottawa, which by this time was called Association of Lesbians and Gays of Ottawa, asked Pink Triangle Press, publisher of the successful Xtra!…

The GO Centre struggled to find a new location after the fire that destroyed their space on Elgin Street. On top of that, they were busy trying to coordinate a major national conference that year, Celebration '79. A space above what was Yesterday's…

After the initial meeting at the home of Maurice Bélanger and Michael Black to create a new gay rights organization, they secure a place for meetings in the Parish Lounge (in the basement) of St. George's Church (now St. Peter and St Paul's) at 152…

The AIDS Committee of Ottawa was formed in 1985 after Barry Deeprose, a board member at Pink Triangle Services, declared there was an urgent need to deal with the growing AIDS crisis in Ottawa. A first meeting on October 9th that year draw large…

The GO Centre would find what would be its final home in April of 1985, opening officially in November 1986. The space moved west on Lisgar to number 318, near Bank Street, and was above a laundromat. The landlord and owner of the laundromat was…

After a short stint on Bank Street where the GO Centre was located, GO moves again to 175 Lisgar Street above a Chinese restaurant, where it stays from its official reopening after remodelling in May 1980 until 1985. Kerry Beckett recalls this…

In December 1975, Gays of Ottawa moved to 378 Elgin at the corner of Gladstone in the second floor, to enlarge the facilities and have a more centralized location. It opened officially on January 2, 1976.  During the time of the Centre's time here,…

The newly created Gays of Ottawa organization organized its first gay dance at 160 Chapel Street in Pestalozzi College on June 17, 1972, with over 100 people attending.  Because the space is licenced, GO was able to run many popular dances here until…