Before the Parade: A History of Halifax's Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Communities, 1972-1984 by Rebecca Rose
In Before the Parade, journalist and activist Rebecca Rose brings her queer femme, feminist perspective to this compelling, and necessary, history of the gay, lesbian, and bisexual community in Halifax.
Here are stories of being at the forefront; of founding a group to fight for gay liberation just three years after the Stonewall riots, of initiating the first nationally coordinated gay and lesbian day of action in 1977, and of spearheading a campaign to include sexual orientation in the Human Rights Act. A thoroughly researched, narrative history, this foundational collection includes perspectives and insights from the artists, businesspeople, academics, and organizers who—by way of living their lives, and through their activism—made it possible for so many others to exist, to be out, to be proud, to continue to push for change.
With over 40 black and white images and two-colour inserts, Before the Parade shines a brilliant light on LGB Halifax’s compelling—and never before told—history.
Rebecca Rose is a Cape Breton-born queer femme, feminist, and freelance writer who has spent her adult life going between Halifax and Toronto. Rebecca's writing focuses on queer and trans people, communities, and histories; misogyny; and social movements. She has a journalism degree from Ryerson University. Rebecca's own queer activism has spanned the last decade, including involvement in Nova Scotia's 2SLGBTQIA+ advocacy group and as a founding member of the Halifax Dyke and Trans March.