Milestones: Specific-Tribe Groups
The Lesbian Organization of Kitchener (LOOK) was formed and continued until about 1987.
This group provided a focal point for lesbian feminists in the area for a significant period
of time. Its goals were both political and social.
- 1979, June 7 (Thursday)
On 1979, June 7 (Thursday), the Leaping Lesbians radio show began on the UW radio station
CKMS-FM. It appears that it was run by members of the Lesbian Organization of Kitchener
(LOOK) during the existence of the latter organization (which ran until around 1987).
Leaping Lesbians ceased in 2000 after more than 20 years of existence.
There were quite a large number of other lesbian radio shows in the Waterloo-Wellington areas in the
years that followed the startup of Leaping Lesbians radio show. Over the next few years we hope to be
able to document their existence properly.
- 1988, September
Around September 1988, Women Out Of Doors (WOODS) began.
It sponsored a wide variety of sports and recreational activities for women in the area.
At some later point, it changed its name to
Women Opening Doors Socially (WOODS).
It is still in existence in 2011.
Older and Wiser Lesbians (OWLs) was already in existence in 1992; it was a social club for
older lesbians. We have not yet determined its starting date, or whether it is still in existence.
- 1992, Fall
In the Fall of 1992, a Lesbian Discussion Group started up at the University of Waterloo;
it was probably affiliated with GLLOW or the UW Women's Centre. We are not sure whether
it was active in 1993. We do know that it was active in January, 1994, but shut down in March, 1994
until an organizer could be found; that is the last record of it in our files. We expect to have better
information after analyzing issues of the UW student newspaper from that time period.
We have reason to believe that the Guelph Chapter of the Lesbian Avengers formed in 1993.
They were involved in the early Pride celebrations in Kitchener circa 1996 and 1997. It is not clear
whether the chapter is still in existence. Their goal was to promote lesbian safety and visibility.
- 1994, or Earlier
In 1994, or earlier, Cambridge Kitchener-Waterloo Bisexual Liberation (CKWBL) was formed.
It ceased on 1997, November 13 (Thursday).