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Elsa Gidlow
(December 29, 1898 - June 8, 1986) Canada

Elsa Gidlow



Born in Hull, Yorkshire, England. When Elsa was six years of age the family emigrated to Tetreauville, Québec, Canada. As a child she didn't have formal education, she helped her mother in the houshold while secretly nurturing her ambitions to be a poet. When she was sixteen, she moved with her parents to Montréal.

There she took a typing job, attended courses at McGill College (now University), and had her first passionate relationship with a woman. After changing several works, she also co-founded and owned a publishing house.

Gidlow lived openly as a lesbian. Her long-term partners were Violet Henry-Andreson and Isabel Quallo.


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