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A Queer History of Newfoundland

Author Rhea Rollman

Through decades of repression – both intentional and unintentional – the powerful story of 20th century queer community-building and activism in this province has remained largely ignored. Until now. Journalist Rhea Rollmann, through extensive interviews, archival work and investigative reporting, brings that history to light in A QUEER HISTORY OF NEWFOUNDLAND and provides an unprecedented glimpse into this important history and the people and organizations that drove Newfoundland and Labrador's twentieth century queer liberation movement.

Part community oral history, part archival study, 
A QUEER HISTORY OF NEWFOUNDLAND chronicles the fight for human rights, AIDS activism, the growth of the vibrant queer bar scene, lesbian struggles for space in the feminist movement, trans struggles for recognition and health care, and more. It showcases the important activism that helped overcome ignorance, bigotry, repressive laws and traditions as well as geographic barriers in the fight for equality and rights. The story of the queer liberation movement in this province is one of great pride and joy; one of hardship and struggle; and ultimately one of triumph.

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Format Paperback
Pages 526
Year Published 2023

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Rhea Rollmann (she/her) is an award-winning journalist, writer and audio producer based in St. John's, NL. She's a founding editor of The Independent NL and her journalism has appeared in Briarpatch Magazine, CBC, Xtra Magazine, Chatelaine, PopMatters, Riddle Fence and more. Her work has garnered three Atlantic Journalism Awards and she’s a two-time Canadian Association of Journalists’ awards finalist. She also has a background in labour organizing and queer/trans activism, and is Program Director at CHMR-FM, a community radio station in St. John's, NL.