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Michael Johnstone Fonds
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Audio-Visual Materials

Series consists of audio-visual materials such as audio cassettes, DVDs, VHS, and floppy disks. Audio cassette tapes are mostly from the Hamilton United Gay Societies (HUGS). DVDs and VHS tapes are mostly recorded segments of Toronto Pride and new...

Posters and Oversized Materials

Series consists of posters from the Toronto Lesbian and Gay Pride Day, The Lesbians & AIDS Education Project, and the Hamilton Pride 1998. The artworks are of Joseph (Joe) Oliver by Carol Thomas. The sign is of the Hamilton Lesbian/Gayline. Th...


Series consists of photographs, negatives and slides of various events, locations, and people involved with the lesbian and gay groups as well as Michael Johnstone’s personal photographs. These records include the HUGS/HGALA Honour Roll Dinners fr...


This series includes artifacts from the Hamilton United Gay Societies (HUGS) and Hamilton Gay and Lesbian Alliance (HGALA) such as the HUGS/HGALA Honour Roll plaque, HUGS buttons, and t-shirts, while other materials are Pride-related.


Series consists of materials such as magazine clippings, newsletters, business directories, program books, newspapers, a manuscript, and graphic novels. This series contains the following subseries:9.1 – Hamilton9.2 – South/Southwest Ontario9.3 –...

Resources and Subject Files

Series is composed of records pertaining to specific issues such as HIV/AIDS, religion, youth, hate crimes, safe sex and sexual health, legislation and discrimination. Materials include journal articles, bibliographies, pamphlets, information shee...

Associated Organizations and Events

Series consists of materials from various organizations and events across Canada that were collected by Michael Johnstone such as pamphlets, newsletters, correspondence and information sheets.

Hamilton Pride

Series consists of a flyer and pamphlet from Hamilton Pride 1998, press release, and HammerPride 2011 unofficial schedule.

Hamilton Gay and Lesbian Alliance (HGALA)

In February 1991, the Hamilton United Gay Societies (HUGS) transitioned to the Hamilton Gay and Lesbian Alliance (Hamilton GALA or HGALA). HGALA continued to provide services and information to the LGBTQ+ community and the broader community in Ham...

Hamilton United Gay Societies (HUGS)

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, c...

Hamilton-McMaster LGBTQ+ Groups

The Hamilton-McMaster Gay Liberation Movement, the first gay liberation group in Hamilton, was founded by Dr. John Stewart and Susan Rosenthal after a lecture on homosexuality by George Hislop of the Community Homophile Association (CHAT) in Novem...

Michael Johnstone Fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1973-2011

The fonds is composed of materials from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) organizations in Hamilton and its surrounding areas founded from the 1970’s to the 1990’s. Textual materials include agendas, meeting minutes, reports,...

Johnstone, Michael