For a lot of us, pin buttons represent specific moments in time. These erstwhile jean jacket adornments can represent bands you used to love, political organizations you may have supported, or slogans that were (or still are) emblematic of your own values. Today the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Archives will be launching a dual online exhibition/oral history called the Pin Button Project, presenting buttons that promote LGBTQ-related slogans, moments in history, organizations and various other themes. It’s an undeniably cool-sounding project and a great event to reflect upon as Toronto lurches into the chaos and celebration of the long Pride weekend.
If you’re currently in T.O., you can attend the launch in person at the Archives (34 Isabella St.) from 6-9pm, and you can also take a look at the online exhibition at pinbuttons.ca and keep updated at the project’s Facebook group. Happy long weekend and happy Pride!