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Black Studies

Queering Blackness

Books, Research and Videos

Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer

Under my Skin

Buller Men and Batty Bwoys

Queering urban Justice: Queer of colour formation in Toronto.

Marvellous Grounds: Queer of colour formations in Toronto

“A Queer Too Far: Blackness, Gay Blood And Transgressive Possibilities" in Disrupting Queer Inclusion: Canadian Homonationalisms and the Politics of Belonging. Pages 116-132.

Our Dance Revolution

Promoting Health Equity: Mental Health of Black Canadians Fund – Implementation Stream – Black LGBTQI+ Canadians

History and Archives

Promiscuous Archiving: Notes on the Joys of Curating Black Queer Legacies
On 5 June 2018, the ArQuives in Toronto (formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives) hosted a public conversation between Ajamu and Courtnay McFarlane titled “Promiscuous Archiving: The Joys of Curating Queer Black Legacies.” Their dialogue offers both a theory of and about archives as well as reflections on archival practice in relation to Black queer histories.

Legacies in Motion: Black Queer Toronto Archival Project (March 2019)
Legacies in Motion: Black Queer Toronto Archival Project unearthed and shared the stories of the rich, vibrant period of political organizing and cultural activism of Black LGBTQ communities in the Toronto of the 80’s and 90’s. This crucial work of making identities visible, claiming and creating spaces of resistance, liberation, and affirmation is one that is largely unknown, its legacies unrecognized. Drawing its diverse exhibit materials from personal archives, LIM challenges the narratives within mainstream LGBTQ communities that render the contributions of Black queers as invisible or marginal and connects them directly to contemporary events, organizations, movements and to a new generation of agitators, disruptors and creators.

QTBIPOC History (infographic that includes a timeline, relevant organizations and activists)

GAY CANADA: a bibliography and videography, 1984 - 2008
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ArQuives in Toronto - * requires keyword searches to locate relevant materials

Black Queer & Trans Excellence – Twysted Miyake Mugler
Season Two of the podcast is here and we kick things off with Toronto’s very own Ballroom legend Twysted Miyake Mugler! In this episode Hollywood talks to Twysted about discovering the ballroom scene at a young age, how voguing allowed him to come into his Queerness and how the TKBA brought ballroom to Canada.

Organizations that support Black Queer and Trans Communities


Black AIDS Institute

Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP)

Black Femme Legal

notable qbipoc

Blackness Yes/Blockorama