Our next project, The Love Booth and Other Plays is a set of seven short plays that share stories of queer lives and queer activism and care in the 1970s and early 1980s. The title play The Love Booth tells the story of how a group of lesbian and gay activists pushed the American Psychology Association to take homosexuality off its Diagnostic Statistical Manual in 1973 so that homosexuality was no longer considered an illness that needed to be cured.
Gailey Road is planning to perform The Love Booth and Other Plays (either on stage or virtually) during 2023 Toronto Pride Festival to mark the 50th anniversary of this successful moment of queer activism. A full list of the seven plays is included at the end of this letter. The performances will feature the work of a diverse group of White, BIPOC, and queer and trans theatre artists, many of whom have worked with Gailey Road in the past. They will also feature the music of Kate Reid and the visual art of benjamin lee hicks.