Project Staff

Karen Knights
Project Manager

Audrey MacDonald
Special Collections Archive Assistant

Clark Henderson
Digitization Tech


Special Thanks

This project was made possible through The Irving K. Barber B.C. History Digitization Program, the B.C. Arts Council Early Career Development Grant, and private donations. Special Thanks to Richard Dopson for supporting this project and Pink Triangle Press (Daily Xtra) for their media sponsorship.

Celebration ’90 | Gay Games III

The Gay Games were conceived by Dr. Tom Waddell in 1982 with the purpose of promoting the spirit of inclusion and participation, as well as the pursuit of personal growth in a sporting event.

Celebration ’90 Gay Games III & Cultural Festival was held August 4th to 11th, 1990 in Vancouver. It brought together participants from 27 countries — about 7,300 athletes competing in 27 sports.  Celebration ’90 was the first Gay Games to be hosted in Canada and was the largest up until that point.  In addition to the sporting events it included a broad range of cultural events aimed at bringing awareness to the gay community. For a complete list of activities see the Official Program.

The Celebration ’90 videos and photographs presented here are from the Mary Anne McEwen Fond, held at VIVO’s Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive.

How To Use This Site

All videos in the Celebration ’90 archive are raw footage – this means they are unedited. A variety of events may be covered on a single tape and don’t be surprised if sometimes there are only images and not sound.

To Search: Use the site’s search function to find videos with the kinds of events, people, or organizations you’re interested in. Each video has a description of its content and time codes so that you go directly to the part of the tape with the material you’re looking for.

Organization: Videos with segments spanning multiple categories (such as Sports and Context) are included under both categories. “Sports” and “Culture” are what you’d expect. “Context” is composed mostly of interviews with organizers, participants, the public, and those opposing the Games, as well as backstage looks at the organization of the games and the organizations that supported them.

Browse All: This category takes you to a page with all media on the VIVO Archive site including Gayblevision. The Gay Games videos, photos, and textual files will appear first, followed by Gayblevision. This page takes a minute to populate.


Mary Anne McEwen was the official videographer of the Games and has signed releases from the interviewees and performers. However, if your image is on this site and you would prefer it was not, please contact us and we will address your concern promptly.