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Youth Related Organizations / Resources

The history around Edmonton’s Gay youth related organizations and resources is not easily separated from the broader Gay and Lesbian organizations established for the entire Edmonton queer community, regardless of age. However, in recent years there is growing attention paid to the role of gay-straight alliances in schools, and creating safe spaces for LGBQT youth to express their sexuality. Historically in Edmonton, an organization for Gay and Lesbian Youth (GALYG) was offered as a program of McMan Youth Service and GATE (Gay Alliance Toward Equality); with the group producing their first newsletter in January 1988. The Pink Triangle Youth Group of Edmonton was formed ca. 1993 and operated out of the Gay and Lesbian Community Centre (GLCCE) of Edmonton. It offered space for young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 to gather for social interaction, education, and information sharing. Operating from November 1994 through September 1995 was a committee titled the Edmonton Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth working committee, which reported to the GLCCE Board of Directors. A program titled Youth Understanding Youth was established at the Centre ca. 2003, and once the GLCCE became the Pride Centre, similar meeting spaces and programs for youth continued to operate (under names including: Queer HangOut; Queer Youth CampOut; YouthSpace; and Pride Youth).

This is a small series, but one that may well expand as further accruals are received. The records consist of documents related to GATE’s Gay and Lesbian Youth Group; the Pink Triangle Youth Group of Edmonton; and other GLCCE youth initiatives. The bulk of the series consists of printed resources and reference materials related to counselling gay and lesbian youth; related youth studies and reports; and some correspondence. Included with the papers are three pink triangle t-shirts created for Pride ’92 week.

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