Origins of GayCalgary®
GayCalgary® has its origins in Men for Men BBS, the former dial-up bulletin board system for gay men to chat and share pictures.
This service included information about gay and gay friendly businesses, events, and so on. Men for Men started in 1992, and was the seed for our business today.
Our work photographing and videotaping events for the former Rainbow Lambda Society and the current ISCCA inspired us to rebrand ourselves to the name "GayCalgary", as part of
our growing service to them and other community groups and businesses. In the past, our website and branding has shown GayCalgary.com but our official business name has been GayCalgary since the year 2000.
Today we own the trademark of the name GayCalgary, and do our best to embody its meaning. GayCalgary® is the name of our business, and
subdivisions of our business contain variations: the magazine is GayCalgary® Magazine, and the website is GayCalgary Online.
GayCalgary® has been working to support and promote the GLBT community for 21 years!
Is GayCalgary® only Gay?
The word "gay" is a term that can apply specifically to men, however we take it to be an umbrella term
for members of sexual minorities, and minority gender identities in society today.
The commonly accepted, politically correct and all-inclusive acronym is GLBTTQQA, standing for Gay, Lesbian, Bixesual, Trans, Two-spirited, Queer, Questioning, and Ally. The word "gay" does NOT include minorities with non-consentual/abusive sexual practices; we frown on these practices as much as the rest of society.
GayCalgary® is not just for gay men, but for the entire GLBTTQQA community (however, we use the acronym "GLBT" for short). We make an effort to be as inclusive as possible by heeding the
the ideas and advice of community members to find new ways to cater to groups that have a presence in our community.
By uniting content from so many subgroups, we are helping these groups become
better aware of the issues faced by each one. It is very important to gain a better understanding for
one another because our underlying issues are the same and we benefit from the strength of one another. Furthermore, by publishing and publicly distributing our magazine, we are making the greater straight community at the very least aware of our people's existence.
GayCalgary®'s Comittment to History
Ultimately our sexual/gender-identity minority groups all have the same goal: to bring society to include an understanding and acceptance of ourselves.
We believe that the main reason we don't already have this today is because of a historical bias against recording our achievements, and especially our existence.
There is a lot of damage to undo from the fear and misunderstanding that has almost succeeded in erasing our people from history. That is why we and many others are determined to
make a positive impact on society so that history will not forget us, and that any who wish to write us out will have to leave gaping holes to their own discredit.
Our magazine is a small but significant part of keeping that history alive. Each past edition is an artifact that stores a permanent record of the people, places, and stories
of that time. GayCalgary® works with the Glenbow Museum of Calgary to ensure these and other artifacts are committed to their archives, where they will be preserved
for generations to come.