james demers talks fairy tales queer film festivals 20th anniversary and outliers calgarys queer history the festival turns 20 and celebrates with a. As a local activist and calgary queer arts society executive director, demers has worked with non-profit groups, youth initiatives and transgender education efforts across alberta. edmontontwelve years ago, james demers was trying to navigate the health-care system in calgary as a transgender man. Calgary queer arts society is a nonprofit organization located in calgary, alberta that exists to give voice to queer people and their stories. For more information email james demers, executive director at execcalgaryqueerartssociety. Many transgender youth already accepted regardless of provincial guidelines back to video after years of feeling different, the youngster quietly told her mom she thought she was gay. Directed by justine boncezk, leah schmidt and james demers edited by bryce mark animations by mike hooves. Calgarys queer history is a deep dive into the historical, social and political forces, which shaped the development of the queer community in calgary. Calgary gay history project researcher kevin allens project to document and profile the experiences of lgbtq2ia people historically in calgary. I am curious about what life was like for gay people in calgary in the middle of the last century.