VLP Video Documentaries

This is a collection of all the VLP documentaries in one easy location. Learn about Ottawa's queer history from the activists who shaped the movement.

VIDEO: HIV/AIDS in Ottawa

1982 sees the first cases of HIV in Ottawa. On August 24, 1982, over seventy people attend a Gays of Ottawa talk on ‘gay cancers’. In August 1983, Peter Evans comes out as Ottawa’s first AIDS patient. Evans participates briefly in the first AIDS…

VIDEO: 'Lord Organ' and the Persecution of Queers

The Lord Elgin's queer history is legendary, and starts virtually at its opening in 1941. Located near the drill hall, it became a natural space for closeted gay and bisexual men, especially those working the government, to meet here. In the 50s and…

VIDEO: Everett George Klippert and Bill C-150

Everett George Klippert was the last person to be imprisoned for homosexuality in Canada. In 1960, he is given four years in jail on eighteen counts of ‘gross indecency’. He is arrested again in 1965, this time on four counts of ‘gross indecency’,…

VIDEO: The Lesbian and Feminist Movements

The history of the lesbian community in Ottawa begins well before the modern queer liberation and feminist movements that started in the early seventies.Gay women were left with even fewer options to meet each other than gay men who had at least had…

VIDEO: Lesbian Bars and the History of LOON

For the first part of this series on the Lesbian and Feminist movements, click here. Marie Robertson, along with Rose Stanton and others such as Candis Graham, forms a separate organization called Lesbians of Ottawa Now (LOON) in June 1976, operating…

VIDEO: Hate Crimes and the Murder Spree of 1989

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is dis-proportionally victimized by hate crimes, bullying and assault, sometimes so consistently that the victims feel death is their only escape. While estimates of LGBT population in Canada range…

VIDEO: The History of GO, 1971—1979: Baptism to Fire

Gays of Ottawa (GO) which became ALGO then ALGBO as the name reflected the realities of the diversity in the community, had a nearly 25 year history from 1971 to 1995 as a queer political, social and health services organization. Started months after…

VIDEO: The History of GO, 1979—1995: Unity to Division

Gays of Ottawa (GO) which became ALGO then ALGBO as the name reflected the realities of the diversity in the community, had a nearly 25 year history from 1971 to 1995 as a queer political, social and health services organization. Started months after…