Ian Young

Ian was one of the founders of the University of Toronto Homophile Association (UTHA), an early gay organisation in Canada. In 1970 he founded Catalyst Press, a gay literary publishing house. He was very involved with the Toronto branch of Health Education AIDS Liaison (HEAL Toronto), a community-based network that challenged HIV as the cause of AIDS. Ian continues to publish with his new book Out in Paperback A Visual History of Gay Pulps.

Young, Ian. “The trials of Norman Elder.” Canadian Notes and Queries. 82 (2011): 46-58 [18 p. online].

On the life and suicide of Elder (1939-2003): Toronto writer, painter, explorer, and equestrian.

Young, Ian. “A whiff of the monster: encounters with Scott Symons.” Canadian Notes and Queries. 77 (2009): [18 p.].

An excellent article on the life of Canadian writer Scott Symons, from the 1970s until his death in February, 2009.


Young, Ian. Out in Paperback A Visual History of Gay Pulps / Ian Young. Toronto: Lester, Mason & Begg, 2007. NC973.5.U6 Y68 2007

See review by Nick Nguyen in Archivaria (Special Section on Queer Archives). 68 (Winter 2010): 327-329?

Young, Ian. The Paperback Explosion: How Gay Paperbacks Changed America / Ian Young. Toronto: Ian Young Books, [2006]

Young, Ian. “Canada’s march to equality.” Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide. 10(2) (March-April 2003): 42-43.

Review of Tom Warner’s Never Going Back (2002)

McLeod, Donald W. “Young, Ian (b. 1945).”  p. 458. In Who’s Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History: From World War II to the Present. Edited by Robert Aldrich and Garry Wotherspoon. London: Routledge, 2001.

Young, Ian. “The AIDS cult and its seroconverts.” Continuum. Nov./Dec. 1996; Feb./March 1997.

Archived by Virusmyth: A Rethinking AIDS Website.

Young, Ian. “The psychohistorical origins of AIDS: an interview with Casper Schmidt.” [1997] Reprint of Chapter V of the book The AIDS Cult : Essays on the Gay Health Crisis/ John Lauritsen, Ian Young, editors. Provincetown, MA: Askleopios, 1997.

Archived by Virusmyth: A Rethinking AIDS Website.

Young, Ian. “The poppers story: the rise and fall and rise of ‘the gay drug.'” Steam. 2(4) (1995): [3 p.].

Archived by Virusmyth: A Rethinking AIDS Website.

Young, Ian. The Stonewall Experiment: A Gay Psychohistory / Ian Young. London ; New York : Cassell, 1995. Examines the self-images, myths, texts, motivations, behaviours and belief systems that make up the psychic inheritance of the gay men.

Young, Ian. The AIDS Dissidents: An Annotated Bibliography / by Ian Young. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1993.