Fonds 10-081 - ALGO - Association of Lesbians and Gays of Ottawa / Association des lesbiennes et des gais de l'Outaouais

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ALGO - Association of Lesbians and Gays of Ottawa / Association des lesbiennes et des gais de l'Outaouais

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CA ON0034 10-081

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  • 1959-1995 (Creation)
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    Association of Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Ottawa / Association des lesbiennes, des gais et des bisexuels de l'Outaouais

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23 cm of textual records

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(1971-1995)

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The Association of Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Ottawa (ALGBO) is a bilingual organization, also known as L’Association des lesbiennes, des gais et des bisexuels de l’Outaouais, which is based in the National Capital region.

This group was founded on September 17, 1971 by 10 gay men, which first called themselves the Gays of Ottawa (GO). Lesbians were incorporated into the organization in 1977 and by 1989 the name was officially changed to the Association of Lesbians and Gays of Ottawa (ALGO). In 1993, the name changed once again to include bisexuals.

ALGBO is also a non-profit volunteer association which promotes equal rights and a positive awareness of lesbians, gays and bisexuals through public education and political, social and legal action. The organization holds community events, which are run by various committees such as the Coffeehouse Committee, the Fundraising Committee and the Go Info Publishing Committee. The latter was established in 1972 and published the bilingual community paper Go Info.

The Political Action Committee of the Association of Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Ottawa / Comité d’action politique de l’association des lesbiennes, des gais et des bisexuels de l’Outaouais (CAP-ALGO-PAC) is also very active. It tries to accomplish political action in all levels of Canadian government. Some of their activities include the formation of a political platform for the 1993 federal election.

The Association of Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Ottawa is a member of the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Ontario (CLGRO), the National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC) and the BiNet USA. It is also one of 200 groups worldwide belonging to the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA). All these groups have the common goal of promoting equal human rights to bisexuals, women, lesbians and gays.

Although ALGBO had to close down in 1995, this association offered a sense of community to those lesbians, gays and bisexuals in the National Capital region and provided a legacy to the Ottawa community, by being the longest on-going Canadian organization of its kind at that time.

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The Association of Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Ottawa / Association des lesbiennes, des gais et des bisexuels de l’Outaouais (ALGBO) was donated by Anne Molgat to the Archives and Special Collections as part of their Canadian Women’s Movement Archives.

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These records provide valuable information on the way in which the Association of Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Ottawa / Association des lesbiennes, des gais et des bisexuels de l’ Outaouais functioned from 1991 to 1995. The records consist mostly of board meetings’ minutes and correspondence. It also provides information on the issues that concerned the organization during this period. For example, it contains articles, clippings and reports on the Canadian Human Rights Act (Bill S-15) and the Court Challenge Program and Paedophiles (Bill 128).

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The majority of the fonds is open and accessible, however, some files are restricted for a predetermined period of time. Please ask ARCS staff for further information.

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