Remembering Deborah Chymyshyn

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Remembering Deborah Chymyshyn

On Saturday, September 30, 2023 Deborah Chymyshyn passed away after a brief but aggressive battle against cancer. Deborah along with her wife Tracey Smith owned Prism Bar on 101 Street and then The Junction Bar & Eatery in the space that had been the site of Edmonton’s Club 70 then Boots N Saddle.

On Wednesday, October 4, 2023 Rob Browatzke – co-owner of Evolution Wonderlounge and friend of Deborah spoke with Jessica Ng on CBC Radio Interactive. Here is the interview:
(Clicking the graphic will open a webpage. Click the “Play Segment” button on there for the interview)

Here are links to the Canadian Legal Information Institute’s Human Rights Digest, 2006 Vol. 7 No. 1 – which documents the lawsuit Deborah and Tracey brought against the Knights of Columbus in BC for refusing to rent their hall to a lesbian couple for their wedding.
(Scroll down to Page 9 “Knights of Columbus Can Refuse Hall to Same-Sex Couple”)

And here is a link to a story in Magazine from April 2011 that shares their story in an article about “Alberta’s Top Ten LGBT Figures”
(Scroll down to “Tracey Smith and Deborah Chymyshyn – Owners of the Junction Bar & Eatery”)

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