Gays mark history in Edmonton during Pride Week
Darrin Hagen and Michael Phair lead bus tour of Edmonton's gay hotspots
Two prominent members of Edmonton's queer community are doing what they can to keep Edmontons LGBTQ history from fading.
Darrin Hagen and Michael Phair are giving tours of significant queer historical sites as part of the annual Pride Festival.
It's important to remember places like the AIDS ward at the University of Alberta hospital or popular underground gay bars of the 1980s, Hagen said.
"Not just for us, who remember some of those places and are nostalgic about it, but for an 18-year-old queer boy or girl who suddenly comes out in the world, there's no cultural sign post to say, 'Your people were here,'" he said.
On Monday Hagen and Phair hosted a tour of historical queer sites on the south side of the river. Tonight they move to the city's north side.