Rebecca Rose is the author of Before the Parade: A History of Halifax’s Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Communities (1972-1984), published by Nimbus Publishing. Before the Parade is a narrative non-fiction account of 2SLGB community and activism of 1970s and 80s Halifax/K’jipuktuk and features over 30 interviews with local 2SLGB elders. Rebecca was shortlisted for The Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award for Before the Parade in 2021.
Rebecca is a sought after speaker and has hosted workshops or given keynote speeches for groups including: The MacPhee Centre For Creative Learning, the Nova Scotia Secondary School Students’ Association (NSSSA), the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, the Toronto Metropolitan University School of Journalism, the Canadian Association of Labour Media (CALM), the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project, the Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group (NSPIRG), and the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
A graduate of the Toronto Metropolitan University School of Journalism, Rebecca has written for publications such as: The Coast, Xtra, OurTimes magazine, Rabble.ca, and OUT: Queer Looking, Queer Acting Revisited. In 2018, The Coast named the 2016 article “Before the Parade” one of the 30 most important things they’ve ever published.
Born in Cape Breton and raised in Dartmouth, Rebecca now lives in the hills of Dartmouth with her partner and cat.
- CAA Magazine online
- The Coast
- Halifax Media Co-op
- Nova Scotia Advocate
- The Oakham House Feminist Magazine
- Our Times Magazine
- Out: Queer Looking Queer Acting Revisited, essay “Beyond Lesbian and Gay”, 2014
- Wayves Magazine
- Xtra Magazine
- Review of Journalism
- 2021 Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award shortlist for Before the Parade
- Dennis Mock Student Leadership Award, Toronto Metropolitan University April 2008
- Wanda Stankiewicz Memorial Scholarship, Toronto Metropolitan University School of Journalism 2007-08 September 2008