Series 3 - Hamilton United Gay Societies (HUGS)

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Hamilton United Gay Societies (HUGS)

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  • 1978-1994, predominant 1981-1987 (Creation)

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82 cm of textual records

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(March 27, 1945 - July 26, 2018)

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The fonds was donated to the Hamilton Public Library, Local History and Archives on December 28, 2018 by Cole Gately and Bill MacKinnon, principal representatives of the Estate of Michael Johnstone. See fonds level description for full custodial history.

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The Hamilton United Gay Societies (HUGS) was an umbrella organization for 12 sub-organizations established in 1980 and incorporated in 1982. HUGS provided a range of services and information, education and peer counselling, hosted social events, created spaces for support groups and connected people to other services that were related to LGBTQ+ issues. Gayline was Hamilton’s first telephone counselling service for gays and lesbians that was first operated by the Hamilton-McMaster Homophile Association on March 20, 1975 and was continued by HUGS. HUGS also had a community centre at 41 King William Street in downtown Hamilton. The following are the sub-organizations of the Hamilton United Gay Societies:
1. HUGS RAP Group
2. Gay Youth of Hamilton
3. HUGS Dance Committee
4. HUGS Speakers Bureau
5. Gay Fathers of Hamilton
6. Gayline
7. Metropolitan Community Church of Hamilton
8. Gay Women’s Collective
9. Gay Phoenix Newsletter
10. Hamilton-Wentworth Gay Archives/History Project
11. Gay Monitors
12. Gay Alcoholics Anonymous

Series consists of constitutions, meeting minutes, reports, calendars, press releases, correspondence, flyers, pamphlets, handouts, reading lists, articles, Summer Employment/Experience Development (SEED) project documents, newspaper clippings, Lesbian/Gayline call sheets and reports, Gay Phoenix and The Phoenix newsletter copies and masters, and other related materials. This series contains the following subseries:
3.1 – Administrative files
3.2 – Sub-organizations and associated groups and events
3.3 – Lesbian/Gayline
3.4 – Gay Phoenix/The Phoenix

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