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Music Review: Carole Pope returns with new album

Landfall album cover
Grande dame of the Canadian art rock scene Carole Pope returns with a new album.

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Bashing the rainbow flag

Bashing the rainbow flag. Photo: marlith/flickr
We proudly fly the rainbow flag at our Toronto home to show our support for queer rights but we were targeted three times. The message was loud and clear, so we put up more flags in more places.

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Bashing the rainbow flag

Photo: Marlith/flickr

Queer bashing is on the rise in Toronto. Unfortunately, I've seen the evidence first hand.

This fall, the rainbow flags my partner and I display on our home and car were systematically torn down, ripped up or stolen. Initially, I felt irritated and annoyed, brushing off the incident as the likely handiwork of some queerphobic kids. After the second incident I began to feel watched and targeted. The message of queerphobia and hate was loud and clear.

After the third incident -- I'm angry.


Race matters: In anti-gay protests, gay bashings, and suicides

People of colour have been missing from the conversation about attacks on the LGBTQ community. A conversation on CBC's The National was a case in point. It promoted the view that to be LGBTQ meant to be white.

Canadian news media have provided heart-wrenching accounts of the string of suicides and homophobia-fuelled violence that has occurred recently in the United States. The coverage has made clear the deep-seated hatred and violence that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people (LGBTQ) are subjected to on a daily basis, just for being who they are.


Remember queer youth when casting your school trustee votes

In the wake of the recent wave of queer teen suicides due to homophobic bullying, it would be a mistake for Ontario voters to trivialize the Oct. 25 province-wide municipal election of our school trustees. School trustees are also elected in four other provinces across Canada over the next few weeks. If education is a great equalizer in our society, many schools are still not doing enough to provide equal access of education for our LGBTQ students.

Too often, we tend to merely pay attention to LGBTQ students when one of them commits suicide. Last month, we witnessed a string of queer-related teen suicides across the U.S., with one of the victims being an eighth-grader who killed himself in Texas because he was "bullied to death" for being gay, according to his family.


Cuba film night for LGBTQ+ rights in Cuba

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 7:00pm


Roundhouse Community Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews
Vancouver, BC
49° 16' 21.9072" N, 123° 7' 21.2988" W

-> 7pm
Roundhouse Community Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews
Vancouver, Canada

Join Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC) for a special screening of 2 Cuban films about the rights of LGBTQ+ people in Cuba + Live Music & Poetry!


>> IN THE WRONG BODY (En el Cuerpo Equivocado)
A 2010 documentary brings the moving story of Mavi Susel, the first transgender person to receive a free sex reassignment surgery in Cuba in 1988.

>> STRAWBERRY & CHOCOLATE (Fresa y Chocolate)

| April 22, 2014
The Swan Song

The (sexual) identity crisis

April 21, 2014
| Remy Nassar, President of Helm, a Montreal Lebanese gay rights group, shares his story about growing up as a sexually confused gay adolescent in the conservative country of Lebanon.
Length: 27:21 minutes (25.05 MB)

'A Family by Any Other Name' explores queer relationships

A Family by Any Other Name

by Edited by Bruce Gillespie
(TouchWood Editions,

What does "family" mean to you? The new anthology, A Family by Any Other Name, asks this question and focuses on the perspectives of queer relationships and families. These personal essays discuss stories on coming out, same-sex marriage, adopting, having biological kids, polyamorous relationships, families without kids, divorce and dealing with the death of a spouse, as well as essays by straight writers about having a gay parent or child. 


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