Gay Alliance Towards Equality (GATE) - Historic Places Days

Gay Alliance Towards Equality (GATE)

Edmonton, Alberta
Queer Historic Place
Phillips Lofts, 10169 104 Street Northwest, Edmonton, AB, Canada
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Gay Alliance Towards Equality (GATE) was an organization in Edmonton that provided vital political, social, and financial support to the 2SLGBTQ+ community dating back over 50 years. The Edmonton branch of GATE sprouted shortly after the original Vancouver organization, with roots in a growing movement of visible political activism after 1969.

Because there was not a GATE office in every city, the Edmonton branch filled an important niche for several communities in Alberta and in Western Canada. Services GATE provided included a phone line for peer counseling, political advocacy for human rights protections, and a social space outside of the city’s two existing gay nightclubs.

This location, the Phillips Lofts, was the home of GATE’s most iconic location and only two blocks from Club 70, the Roost, and Flashback; the main anchors of Edmonton’s 104th street “gaybourhood”.

Learn more about GATE by visiting the Edmonton Queer History Project.


Fun Facts

  • One of Edmonton’s first 2SLGBTQ+ community organizations, GATE began as a discreet personal ad in the Edmonton Journal in 1970 and was officially incorporated on June 28, 1972. In 1973, GATE opened its first office called “GATE House,” located near the University of Alberta. That’s over 50 years of 2SLGBTQ+ activism in Edmonton!

  • In writing to the Edmonton Journal, GATE Founder Michael Roberts stated, “We homosexuals have the right to be treated with the respect given to any human being and the right to full equality before the law.”

  • GATE continues to exist today as the Pride Centre of Edmonton, located just north of MacEwan University on 105th avenue and 106th street. (



Phillips Lofts, 10169 104 Street Northwest, Edmonton, AB, Canada
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