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Transcript of Foolscap Gay Oral History with SF

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27-2-1984
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Content warning: anti-black slur used a third of the way through; pedophilia discussions. Foolscap Gay Oral Historyed by Ken Fraser on February 27, 1984. SF is 59 and was born in Toronto in 1925. At age 8 he moved to a community named Britannia but moved with his family later so he could go to high…
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27-2-1984
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Foolscap Gay Oral History Project fonds
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F0083
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3
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F0083-03-026
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English
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Digital copy and hardcopy
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Content warning: anti-black slur used a third of the way through; pedophilia discussions. Foolscap Gay Oral Historyed by Ken Fraser on February 27, 1984. SF is 59 and was born in Toronto in 1925. At age 8 he moved to a community named Britannia but moved with his family later so he could go to high school. He has a twin and an older brother, one lives in Florida and one in Stoney Creek. His dad was an emotionally distant person and died seven years before the Foolscap Gay Oral History. SF was in the Navy then. His parents were from a Victorian background and behaved accordingly. He doesn’t like his twin brother at all as he has behaving poorly for 20 years. He doesn’t really know his other brother. He hated being in the Navy from the very beginning as everyone came from sheltered backgrounds and all of a sudden were exposed to very dramatic and traumatic circumstances. Describes being at sea as akin to being in prison. He never came out while in the Navy as he knew it would go badly so he kept it separate. Mentions other men who were out as gay and they would be bullied by others. When he’d come to a new town he’d visit local art spaces and try to socialize with other gays. Gays in these art circles would keep records of other contacts they could visit in other cities. He never felt the need to come out because he was always surrounded by the arts world so he felt close to the community. He studied at the AGO. Recalls knowing what being gay was by age 9. He would experiment by age 11 with other kids including his brothers. At 12 he found an older man in the AGO (who was at least 20) and hooked up with him. For him being gay was always natural. He was part of a gifted class for kids at the AGO and he enjoyed getting out of his sheltered community to mix in with others. He thinks having sex at 11 and 12 was good because it removed the fear and made him feel less lonely. Ken laments the extent of pedophilia in the community and SF says its not worse than everyone who plays around with brothers and relatives.
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Transcripts of Foolscap Gay Oral Histories with Fred Sproule

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1983-08-16; 1984-12-23
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Transcript of 'Foolscap Gay Oral History with Fred Sproule'; see F0083-02-101.
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1983-08-16; 1984-12-23
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F0083
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3
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F0083-03-027
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English
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Transcript of 'Foolscap Gay Oral History with Fred Sproule'; see F0083-02-101.
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Transcript of Foolscap Gay Oral History with Barry Vaters

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2-8-1985
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Transcript of 'Foolscap Gay Oral History with Barry Vaters'; see F0083-02-108.
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2-8-1985
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F0083
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3
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F0083-03-028
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Transcript of 'Foolscap Gay Oral History with Barry Vaters'; see F0083-02-108.
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Transcript of Foolscap Gay Oral History with Bev Wilson

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28-5-1985
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Transcript of 'Foolscap Gay Oral History with Bev Wilson'; see F0083-02-117.
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28-5-1985
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F0083
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3
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F0083-03-029
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Transcript of 'Foolscap Gay Oral History with Bev Wilson'; see F0083-02-117.
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Transcript of Foolscap Gay Oral History with John Young

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4-3-1996
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4-3-1996
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3
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F0083-03-030
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Transcript of Foolscap Gay Oral History with Charlie Hill

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2-7-1988
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2-7-1988
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3
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F0083-03-031
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Transcript of Foolscap Gay Oral History with Jearld Moldenhauer

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2-11-1986
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2-11-1986
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F0083
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3
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F0083-03-032
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Transcript of Foolscap Gay Oral History with Ian Young

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15-8-1986
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15-8-1986
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3
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F0083-03-033
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English
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Foolscap Gay Oral History with AB

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10-8-1985
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SIDE A: CONTENT WARNING: Ableism, use of ‘R-word’ in reference to a person with an intellectual disability. AB was born on May 20, 1920 in North Bay, Ontario. AB describes his early sexual experiences, and his first learning about sexuality. AB joined the Navy in 1941, to prevent being drafted into…
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10-8-1985
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Foolscap Gay Oral History Project fonds
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F0083
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2
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F0083-02-001
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2017-059/001
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WAV file
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audio good
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SIDE A: CONTENT WARNING: Ableism, use of ‘R-word’ in reference to a person with an intellectual disability. AB was born on May 20, 1920 in North Bay, Ontario. AB describes his early sexual experiences, and his first learning about sexuality. AB joined the Navy in 1941, to prevent being drafted into the Army. AB discusses the controversy around a gay relationship involving a young man with an intellectual disability, while in the Navy. AB later attended art school. AB also discusses living a part of his life where he required a great deal of psychiatric attention, AB discusses various beverage rooms and hotels across the city that were popular amongst gay men in the 1940s. AB found a long term partner, who also needed help with his mental health. They began to see a psychiatrist together, who AB feels intentionally was turning them against each other out of homophobia. AB became sick and needed open-heart surgery, and got post-operative depression exacerbated by a home robbery. A friend of AB was killed in High Park a few days before the interview. Transcript available: F0083-02-002 Dates and locations discussed: North Bay, Ontario, Toronto, 1940s, 1980s SIDE B: AB discusses his various partners and homes after moving in Toronto, and the social circles he was a part of. AB had mostly straight friends, and would go to/have gay parties, straight parties and mixed parties. AB has not had any run-ins with the police due to being gay, but he has had a run-in with the police for other reasons. AB also recalls a story where his nephew visited him in Toronto, while he was living at the City Park apartments. Despite his nephew having a wife, his nephew asked him where to go to pick up a man. His nephew also told him that, while his nephew was in the army, he had had a couple affairs with men. AB recounts his stories of going to Buffalo. He went to visit Buffalo because ‘Toronto was rather boring’. AB feels that the queer community is more distant at time of interview than it once was. He mentions a petition a friend put up at Glad Day bookstore about trying the young men who murdered a gay man in High Park in court as adults; the petitition received a negligible number of signatures. AB also mentions his experience visiting the Oakleaf steambaths, and finding them very ‘ho hum’. AB begins to ask questions about Lionel, and whether Lionel cruises. Finding out that Lionel does cruise, AB asks Lionel if he is afraid of HIV/AIDS. Lionel insists he is very safe, and also explains that he does not want to lose his sexuality out of fear. Lionel discusses the police crackdown on cruising in parks in the summer of 1985. AB asks if Lionel thinks the police are afraid that ‘Toronto will become another San Francisco, where the ‘gays are so strong’ that they carry political weight. Lionel responds yes. The recording ends, but then starts again with AB describing Peter Marshall — he says that ‘everyone was in awe of Peter Marshall’. Dates and locations discussed: Toronto, Buffalo, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s
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Foolscap Gay Oral History with AK (tape 1 of 2)

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4-8-1983
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SIDE A: AK was born in 1928. AK lived in Ottawa for most of his childhood, and then moved to Toronto for 10 years. AK then moved back to Ottawa, then to England for 20 years, and then back to Toronto. AK discusses first sexual experiments, at age 6 or 7, with a neighbour. AK was later the best man …
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4-8-1983
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Foolscap Gay Oral History Project fonds
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F0083
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2
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F0083-02-002
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2017-059/004
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SIDE A: AK was born in 1928. AK lived in Ottawa for most of his childhood, and then moved to Toronto for 10 years. AK then moved back to Ottawa, then to England for 20 years, and then back to Toronto. AK discusses first sexual experiments, at age 6 or 7, with a neighbour. AK was later the best man of his wedding. AK discusses the various terminology used for gay men, including “homosexual”, “queer” and “pansy” — but also mentions that his parents would not have known these words. AK was open about his sexuality once with his sister, who said that she doesn’t mind what he does, but that he doesn’t perform it in her home. AK discusses various popular places that gay people would go out at night: Letros, the beverage room at the Ford Hotel, the beverage room at the King Edward Hotel. AK discusses how various bar regulations and liquor laws shaped interactions and cruising at these bars. AK also mentions of the Park Plaza being close to the park behind the museum (Philosopher’s Walk). Despite having lived on Wood St, AK lived there before it was part of the “Gay Ghetto” or Church Wellesley Village. AK also discusses about drugs in the gay scene in the 1940’s — particularly Benzadryl. AK also mentions a restaurant, Murray’s, with cruisey washrooms, popular amongst gays starting in the early evening. AK met George Hislop at Murray’s in 1951-1952. AK describes George at that time. Dates and locations discussed: Ottawa, Toronto, England, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s SIDE B: AK discusses working as a clerk for militia training, and cruising the men who were stripping before their medical. AK got fired, but wants the interview to be anonymous if he was to disclose why. He lost his job because of a complaint from a priest. After losing the job, he moved to England. AK mentions homosexuality being decriminalized in England. AK discusses various cruisey places and bars in England, and sexual experiences he had there. Dates and locations discussed: Ottawa, Toronto, England, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s F
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