One weekend, three stories.

Pride’s always a wild time. This weekend started with writing about one reason why we might want to be concerned that a multinational beer corporation is advertising at the festival. Then, I found out that not everyone was excited this year about Toronto Pride’s Grand Marshall pick. Many people were, however, excited about the seemingly … Continue reading

Another messy Monday: censorship, talk radio, and other awkward things.

GOP convention features “bullet-pocked” Obama outhouse In case you’ve been living under a rock this year, a presidential election in the US is fast approaching. That means all decorum is lost and the shit hits the fan—or, in the case of some political “art,” the bathroom. A Republican Party convention in Montana this weekend featured … Continue reading

Messy Monday: An etch-a-sketch campaign manager and a salacious bridge guard.

Happy Monday, everyone! Ready for your dose of fresh queer feminism yet? No? Drink some coffee. How about now? Yeah? Super. Luka Magnotta dated a trans woman, get over it. By now you’ve probably heard of Luka Magnotta—the Montreal porn actor who allegedly killed, sexually assaulted and ate a 33-year-old man. I’d like to spend … Continue reading

A Monday News Roundup: Slutwalk, Catholics, and Pizza

Good-day, tired and slightly ragey cubicle dwellers, and those of you still eating Pillsbury Cookies at home in your PJ’s like you have no more hope for the future. It’s Monday. I was hoping to write this a few hours ago, but I wasn’t expecting this weekend to be so slut-tastic. Slutwalk Toronto took the … Continue reading

Queer movie fest brings the party to schools

Scott Ferguson and Diana Khong stand in front of a plant.

Inside Out Film Festival is ready to bring its youth involvement to the next level, starting with a new free matinee for high school students. The award-winning documentary, No Look Pass, will play at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on May 25. No Look Pass tells the story of Emily “Etay” Tay, an athlete and first-generation … Continue reading

Clearing the air: getting gay folks talking about tobacco

photo of Rowsom and Sampath in front of a series of posters designed by the Public Studio

Queer people smoke tobacco at over double the rates of the general population, according to a new Toronto campaign. Experts pointto stigma, stress and targeted marketing campaigns towards queers as the cause—and they hope that by getting people talking, they can get people quitting. That’s why members of Rainbow Health Ontario, Smoker’s Helpline and Toronto … Continue reading

Why I love the 519

There aren’t a lot of spaces anymore that are beautiful and are for everyone. Museums and public galleries have strict entry fees; hotel lobbies, upscale bars, private art spaces and corporate buildings enforce the demographic of those in attendance with sideward glances and the expectation to purchase expensive goods. Community spaces that are safe for … Continue reading

A moment with Dainty Box

Writer/producer/performer Dainty Smith under stage lights

Dainty Smith by Day, Dainty Box by night: I sat down with this badass writer, dancer, & producer of local gender-performance showcase Colour Me DRAGG. She talked about her own experiences making burlesque, and why she experiences it as a political, empowering act. “I started burlesque just a few years ago…my inspiration [comes] from Josephine … Continue reading

Weekend News Roundup: June 1st-5th, 2011

This week, with the Throne speech a-loomin’, we were ready for Big Things politically. The Speech was kind of a load of expected and unoriginal partisan campaigning—Omnibus Bills for some! Cuts to the gun registry for others!—but what’s getting everyone’s attention is how one ballsy page with three weeks left in her contract decided to … Continue reading

I got a ride with Alvaro Orozco

Alvaro Orozco hugs his friend outside the detention room

(After Alvaro Orozco’s Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds application to stay in Canada was approved on Wednesday, Alvaro, his friend Suhail, and I talked in the car about what it’s like to be out of detention and what he wants to see in his future. Here’s a selection from our interview, just minutes after his release.) … Continue reading