Any Other Way

Toronto is home to multiple and thriving queer communities that reflect the dynamism of a global city. Any Other Way is an eclectic and richly illustrated local history that reveals how these individuals and community networks have transformed Toronto from a place of churches and conservative mores into a city that has consistently led the way in queer activism, not just in Canada but internationally.

From the earliest pioneersto the parades, pride and politics of the contemporary era, Any Other Way draws on a range of voices to explore how the residents of queer Toronto have shaped and reshaped one of the world’s most diverse cities.

Any Other Way includes chapters on: Oscar Wilde’s trip to Toronto; early cruising areas and gay/lesbian bars; queer shared houses; a pioneering collective trans archive project; bath house raids; LBGT-police conflicts; the Queen Street art/music/activist scene; and a profile of Jackie Shane, the gay R&B singer who performed in drag in both Toronto and Los Angeles, and gained international fame with his 1962 chart-topping single, ‘Any Other Way.’


Stephanie Chambers

Stephanie Chambers is a news researcher at The Globe and Mail and teaches investigative reporting at Humber College. She has been a researcher for many Globe stories, from investigative to business and beat reporting, including some that have gone on to win National Newspaper Awards and most recently a 2015 Michener Citation of Merit. She has a Master of Information from the University of Toronto.


Jane Farrow

Jane Farrow has worked as a CBC broadcaster, City Hall staffer, public facilitator and community animator. She was the first executive director of Jane’s Walk and has received numerous community awards from the Toronto Community Foundation.


Maureen FitzGerald

Ed Jackson was a long-time member of the editorial collective of The Body Politic and co-editor of Flaunting It!: A Decade of Gay Journalism from The Body Politic. He was one of the founders of the aids Committee of Toronto, where he managed prevention education in the crisis years, and later served as Director of Program Development at catie until his retirement in 2015. An ongoing supporter of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, his enduring interest is queer local history.


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280 Pages
8.95in * 5.98in * 0.97in


May 23, 2017


Coach House Books



Book Subjects:

SOCIAL SCIENCE / LGBTQ+ Studies / Gay Studies



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