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Events in Grand River Rainbow Communities


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1993

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1993 * The Other Side Club (Cambridge) Opened

In 1993 Rick Lethbridge and Mark Jordan opened The Other Side Club on Dickson Street in Cambridge; the club ran until early 1995. It was a dance bar with monthly live entertainment events such as Open Mind (a popular folk/rock duo of the time), Rita Chiarelli (blues artist), Carrie Chestnutt (sax and vocalist), female impersonation artists and many more. The bar was famous for its free nightly buffet. When the bar closed, missing the community involvement, Rick and Mark started Outlook Magazine.
[source: Rick Lethbridge and Karen Ferguson.]

On p.2 of Outlook, 1996, January, Issue #5, in a section entitled “NEWS Looking Back at 1995”, there was the following entry. “January ... - ‘The Other Side Club’ in Cambridge closes it's doors with a great farewell performance with Rita Chiarelli.”
[source: Outlook, 1996, January, Issue #5, p.2.]

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1993, February 22 * Elmira Independent Slammed Bisexuals

An editorial in the Elmira Independent sparked fury among GLLOW members and the queer community. Several weeks of letters appeared in the newspaper both from queer-friendly and queer-unfriendly writers. The news story appeared in Imprint and The Cord.
[source: various newspaper articles in the Imprint and the Cord.]

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1993, March * Gays, Lesbians or Bisexuals at Laurier (GLOBAL) Started

Gays, Lesbians or Bisexuals at Laurier (GLOBAL) formed. It lasted until about 1998.
[source: Nigel Flear.]

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1993, April * GLLOW Attends March on Washington

Members of GLLOW attend the March on Washington.
[source: Nigel Flear, perhaps Chris Chin.]

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1993 * Out & About Radio Show

In an archived version of the Out & About website taken by the Wayback Machine on 1998, January 11, we read: “Out and About was created in 1993 by David Grant. He hoped it would serve as a resource for the gay community. A way to foster unity in Waterloo region. After his death in 1995, his producer David Callander took over the hosting duties along with close friend Alan Fraser, who became the show's producer. Another friend, Steve Clark, joined us as a regular co-host.” Other hosts and contributors at that time included Brenda Spencer, Carl Borrowman and Steve Brown. A special feature was their ongoing soap-opera comedy, The Nelson Schaeffer Follies. Out & About was broadcast from the community radio station CKWR 98.7 FM in Waterloo for a number of years before ceasing.
[source: http://replay.waybackmachine.org/19980111043729/http://outandabout.on.ca/history.html (accessed and archived 2011-03-17 as a snapshot in jpeg format ).]

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