Torontoist has been to the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, which were begun 40 years ago, when it was started by the gay magazine The Body Politic.
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Originally in a filing cabinet in the magazine’s office, most of the archive is stored in a mid-19th-century home at 34 Isabella Street (pictured). The archive relies on around seventy volunteers.
The photo collection, originally built from the files of The Body Politic, includes rare pictures of lesbians during the Second World War enjoying each other’s company.