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Let’s get naked EDITORIAL DANNY GLENWRIGHT
We finally have confirmation from the mayor of Toronto and his Tweedledee brother that the real reason Rob Ford doesn’t come to Pride is because his innocent eyes can’t handle all the “buck-naked men.” It’s another curious excuse from a man who has spent much of his professional life inside football locker rooms. Sam Sotiropoulos, a Toronto District School Board trustee, joined Ford Feb 13 in the quest to rid the summertime street festival of any exposed ﬂesh. Sotiropoulos suggested on Twitter that nudity at Pride is against the law in Ontario. When challenged, the trustee encouraged Torontonians to stand with him against the evils of something called “homosexism.” “One of the most divisive inﬂuences in Canada today is homosexism it’s [sic] disseminators are maliciously rabid,” Sotiropoulos posted. When pressed by a National Post reporter about the meaning of the word, Sotiropoulos pointed to an entry at urbandictionary.com that states homosexism is “discrimination or prejudice against straight men or women by Gay, Lesbian, Transgender or Bisexual people.” The spat reminded me of the recent viral video featuring Irish drag queen Panti
Bliss. In it, Bliss argues that homophobes have appropriated the word “homophobia,” redeﬁning it so that they become its victims. “Three weeks ago I was on television, and I said that I believed that people who actively campaign for gay people to be treated less or differently are, in my gay opinion, homophobic,” Bliss said. “And for the last three weeks I have been lectured by heterosexual people about what homophobia is and who should be allowed to identify it. Straight people — ministers, senators, lawyers, journalists — have lined up to tell me what homophobia is and what I am allowed to feel oppressed by.” Sound familiar? People like Rob Ford and Sam Sotiropoulos have rebranded themselves as victims, casualties of our wanton sexuality and hedonism. But elements of sex-negativity and Victorian-style prudishness also exist in our own community, often coming from gays who worry about children being exposed to queer people celebrating their sexuality. These squeamish types — most of whom, it appears, have been able to claim all their rights — have somehow forgotten that it’s what we do with our naked bodies that kept us gays down for so long. I recently took part in an online discussion about LGBT discrimination and Russia. The moderator wanted to know why Russian gaybashers target men
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more than women and why fewer male athletes have felt comfortable coming out. I think it’s simple: bum sex. Homophobes like Vladimir Putin and Rob Ford surely enjoy a casual wank to your average girl-on-girl porn. But the thought of two men fucking triggers a primitive hatred. When we celebrate this love during Pride — whether it’s naked on a parade float surrounded by colourful drag queens or dancing topless in a Church Street beer garden — it reminds them of what we do in the privacy of our bedrooms. So let’s call it what it is and stop allowing these bigots and nudity-haters from masking their issues with concern for the wide-eyed children. And let’s remember that Pride is not the Santa Claus parade — its roots are in protest and sexual liberation. So long as the Putins and Fords of the world still have platforms from which to stir up hate, there’s no reason why we should ever let up in that protest. We should also keep in mind that there’s nothing shameful about the naked body or sex. If you think there is, I’d encourage you to avoid Pride. Stay home, turn on the television and show your children the more palatable aspects of our world: perjuring politicians and crack-smoking mayors, airbrushed celebrities, schoolhouse shootings, dead bodies piling up in the Middle East, priests raping children. I prefer to leave that all behind for a few hours on Pride and head downtown to celebrate gay rights and gay sex — and to protest those who hate us gays and the ways we seek pleasure. And for those, like me, who have never wanted Rob Ford or his ilk at Pride, now we know how to ensure he never shows up. Let’s get naked!
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‘Fucking’ editorial I hate the word fucking [“For the Love of Fucking, Xtra #764, Feb 6]. It’s not that I’m a prude, but it is to me a very cold word. Having sex — that’s okay with me. I also have the same problem with nakedness in our Toronto Pride — it’s no longer necessary to parade ourselves in this way. There are children present, and if they were our own children we would have some decorum. Just an opinion. PAULA KEY TORONTO, ON
PrEP Here’s my analogy: a car may have seatbelts and airbags, but the combination of the two provides enhanced protection should an incident occur [“Take a Pill,” Xtra #764, Feb 6]. Obviously, the driver isn’t going to operate the vehicle recklessly just because the two are present. Things happen in life. Condoms, like ﬂossing, are one of those things people know they need to do, but it doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes they break. This medication is ideal for people who have poz partners. I’ve known people who have taken the pre-exposure prophylaxis. Despite some high-risk needle sticks, all follow-up blood work was okay. If condoms are employed to reduce hep C and PrEP to prevent HIV, it will improve the quality of life and reduce healthcare costs in the long run. CAELAN TORONTO, ON
mendous amount of money that eventually everybody will pay for, either in the form of more expensive insurance or further burdening of our healthcare system. A close runner-up is the drug’s toxicity and the risk of liver and kidney damage (does anybody know what this drug will do to you after 20 years of use?). Plus, you still need to wear condoms for other STIs (notably hep C, which is killing more Americans per year than HIV) and to make up for the fact that you cannot miss a dose to retain your immunity. I don’t think the false sense of security and the risks of fucking up your body for sex that still requires a condom is worth it. DAN FALKENHAM TORONTO, ON
There has been this great discussion south of the border on PrEP and Truvada and very little here in Canada. I haven’t been able to ﬁnd much from the different agencies except for an article on their website. I understand not wanting to jump on the bandwagon right away, but we are coming up on two years of approval down south. NICK MEYER TORONTO, ON
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The biennial Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO) conference on LGBT health and wellness wrapped up Feb 7 in Toronto, concluding three days of presentations and workshops with topics ranging from fat phobia and sex education to barebacking and making sports more LGBT-inclusive. Planned Parenthood Toronto’s David Udayasekaran and Carly Boyce shared the pilot-run results of Queering Sex Ed, a program engaging LGBT youth in creating more inclusive sex-ed resources. “As of this year, the sex-ed curriculum in Ontario is 20 years old, so it has no mention of anything that has to do with the internet or to do with texting, or actually — and this is what I find most disturbing — consent,” Udayasekaran said. In the revised edition online, the words “gay” and “transgendered” appear only in the glossary. While no time line has been announced for developing an updated physical health and education cur-
Student files $25,000 suit against Ontario high school A gay Mississauga student has filed a $25,000 discrimination complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal against his high school and school board, alleging a pattern of anti-gay bias. Christopher Karas is a Grade 12 student at École Secondaire Catholique Ste-Famille who says he has faced disparaging comments from students and teachers and attempts to prevent him from establishing a gay-straight MORE AT DAILYXTRA.COM
riculum or reviving the shelved LGBTinclusive curriculum of 2010, Boyce is hopeful that these more inclusive resources will circulate through other channels, noting that youth are most likely to seek out information from their peers and the internet anyway. Marking a relatively new area of focus for RHO, the organization invited May Friedman, assistant professor of social work at Ryerson University, and Sabrina Friedman, a New York City social worker, to discuss the healthcare implications of fat phobia and untangle some of the more widely held assumptions about body size and health. Challenging the idea that fat bodies are inherently unhealthy, May Friedman suggested that the mental and physical impacts of stigmatization, social isolation and “yo-yo dieting,” compounded by a tendency to avoid healthcare for fear of shaming, could be the true causes of poor health outcomes, rather than fat bodies themselves. RHO will be releasing a series of fact sheets about the intersection of fat phobia, LGBT identities and health in its next newsletter.
alliance (GSA) at the school. Karas ﬁrst came to media attention last year after his school administrators censored posters for his GSA, which included a quote from Harvey Milk. The quote read, “All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.” But Karas’s complaint against the board alleges a pattern of discriminatory actions going back to the 2011/12 school year. In that year, Karas, who had come out as gay in his school, attended an overnight school trip where students were to share hotel rooms. Some of Karas’s male classmates were reassigned out of his hotel room after they said they’d be uncomfortable sharing
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a room with him because of his sexual orientation. Karas was also the target of homophobic bullying on the trip, the case alleges. The complaint also alleges that a religious instructor “made homophobic statements such as... ‘Gay people should not be permitted to adopt children’” and that a psychology teacher refused to discuss same-sex parenting in a class about family structures due to the school’s religious nature. Since the suit was filed, Karas alleges that the school board has blocked dailyxtra.com from being accessed on the school’s WiFi network. Xtra was the ﬁrst news source to report on Karas’s complaints, in December 2013. Neither the school’s principal nor the
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The PrideHouseTO coalition has hosted a lounge at Ryerson University during the Sochi Olympics. It plans to expand on this concept during the 2015 Pan Am Games. N MAXWELL LANDER
Organizers planning â€˜most inclusiveâ€™ Pan Am Games Pan Am Pride House to include outdoor concerts, culturalÂ programs and sports on Church Street COMMUNITY NEWS SAIRA PEESKER
The Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games organizing committee is working with the local Pride House organization to make next yearâ€™s event â€œthe most inclusive multi-sport games in historyâ€? â€” a lofty goal that comes at a time people are eager to hear it. It almost seems as though Toronto 2015 is trying to brand itself as the â€œanti-Sochi.â€? But if the Russian Olympics are acting as their â€œwhat not to doâ€? guide, local Pan Am organizers are keeping that to themselves. â€œWe donâ€™t want to speak about whatâ€™s happening at other games â€” itâ€™s not our place â€” but in Toronto and this region itâ€™s an important initiative to showcase diversity,â€? Pan Am spokesperson Teddy Katz says. â€œWeâ€™re trying to make sure that people in all communities can feel a part of the games.â€? During its moment on the world stage, Pan Am organizers would be remiss if they didnâ€™t celebrate the city for what it is, a â€œcommunity of communities,â€? Katz says. But while Katz gives PrideHouseTO the credit for bringing the queer community into the Pan Am fold, PrideHouseTOâ€™s Barb Besharat puts the praise back on the gamesâ€™ organizing committee. â€œWe have a great working relation8 FEB 20â€“MARCH 5, 2014 XTRA!
ship with TO 2015,â€? she says. â€œIt was under their initiative that the Pride House 2015 got started.â€? Based at the 519 Church Street Community Centre, PrideHouseTO is a collaboration between more than a dozen organizations, including OutSport Toronto, Egale Canada, the Church-Wellesley Village Business Improvement Area and the University of Toronto. There are already 100 volunteers on board with various PrideHouseTO projects, a number that will grow to more than 1,000 during next yearâ€™s games. PrideHouseTO 2015 will focus its programming on four areas, including a community hub that will be a centralized space for project coordination, events, workshops, media interviews and watching the games. It will also feature a roster of outdoor concerts, cultural programs and sports on Church Street, called the Village Festival. â€œIf I have my way, weâ€™ll put some sand out and play beach volleyball,â€? Besharat says. In addition, there is the policy advocacy group, which is working behind the scenes on sports-related LGBT issues, and community ambassadors, leaders across Ontario who will take part in sports-inclusion training. The function of a Pride House has evolved signiďŹ cantly since the concept
emerged at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010, Besharat says. Instead of simply being a drop-in centre for queer athletes and allies, it has become a way to foster stronger bonds between sports and the LGBT community. â€œCanada has made great strides, especially compared to many other nations, in ensuring marginalized groups are represented and can be included [in sport],â€? she says. â€œBut for LGBT people, sport can still be a hostile environment. It doesnâ€™t seem that sport and LGBT people are even talked about in the same sentence that often.â€? Team Canada soccer player Erin McLeod, who hopes to take part in the Pan Am Games, has been public about her own sexuality. Lately, the goalkeeper has been campaigning to add protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation to the Olympic Charter. She says itâ€™s great to see a major event like the Pan Am Games taking a leading role in inclusivity. â€œI think itâ€™s inspiring to know they want to do that,â€? she says, noting that soccerâ€™s governing body, FIFA, already protects such rights. â€œIt starts with the bigger organizations to just pave the way, and then it becomes a non-issue. If you have a games where race, religion, politics or gender doesnâ€™t matter, IÂ think itâ€™s better for the athletes and everyone else.â€? TORONTOâ€™S GAY & LESBIAN NEWS
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Despite the bone-chilling late-November night, a large group gathers beneath the Alexander Wood statue at the corner of Church and Alexander streets. There to remember San Francisco supervisor and activist Harvey Milk on the 35th anniversary of his assassination are local activists, a city councillor, a Broadway star, Ontario’s openly lesbian premier and two drag-queen nuns. The convergence of past, present and future is truly awe-inspiring. In one speech, however, the name of Alexander Wood is invoked as a kind of early-day gay hero, which confuses me. I thought Wood was a landowner persecuted for sexual misconduct in the colonies. Turns out there is a lot about Wood I didn’t know. Scottish merchant Alexander Wood arrived in Canada in 1793, ﬁrst helping to set up a brewery in the town of Kingston before continuing on to York, which would later become Toronto. Wood created a successful importexport business, selling European luxuries widely unavailable in the colonies while exporting products, including ﬂour, to the continent. The province of Upper Canada, British-controlled colonial land that included what is now southernmost Ontario and Quebec, was run by a closeknit group of men who held most of the legal, political and ﬁnancial power. Wood managed to beguile his way into the graces of the strongly classist Family Compact, becoming close with William Dummer Powell, an American-born Loyalist lawyer, among other Upper Canadian elite. He was also awarded several affluent judicial positions. In 1810, word spread about Wood’s search for the man who had raped a woman named Miss Bailey. She had apparently scratched the genitals of her attacker, and Wood took it upon himself to call in several suspects, one by one, and inspect the young men for evidence. As Miss Bailey was likely ﬁctitious, the incident caused a scandal that sunk Wood’s social standing and business. Evidence of the misconduct was submitted to a prosecutor but suppressed due to the “odious nature” of the transgression. Silence, after all, was the strategy to stonewall any spread of homosexual sex or love, so it was agreed that Wood would leave Canada and never return. Wood defied the latter condition,
Miss Bailey had apparently scratched the genitals of her attacker, and Alexander Wood took it upon himself to call in several suspects for inspection. ERIC WILLIAMS
returning in 1812 after the American invasion. He took up his previous positions, including that of magistrate, and resumed most of his friendships. Powell, now serving on Upper Canada’s executive council, was Wood’s sole antagonist. Wood returned to Scotland brieﬂy after inheriting his family’s estate but returned in 1821, closed his business, which had never recovered after the scandal, and spent much of his remaining life as a manager for absentee landowners in the growing settlement. By 1823, Wood sat on many commissions and Powell had been appointed chief justice of the Supreme Court. When Wood was named to the war claims commission, Powell refused to swear in his former friend on moral principle. Wood sued Powell for damages and won £150, what would amount to approximately $10,000 today. Instead of paying, Powell published a pamphlet detailing the decades-old scandal, though this wouldn’t have been news for York. This time silence was on Wood’s side, and his ongoing service to the community made him a sympathetic ﬁgure. When Powell died, his debt was passed on to his widow. Wood eventually forgave the debt. Wood bought a great deal of property in 1826, in what’s now downtown
Toronto, though this land went mostly undeveloped until after his death. His nickname, “Molly Wood” (molly being an insult for homosexuals at the time), meant the land became known as “Molly Wood’s Bush.” He returned to Scotland in 1842 for a visit, but remained there until his death two years later. His Canadian land passed on to distant relatives and eventually became the Church-Wellesley Village. I drew much of this information from my favourite LGBT history resource, historian Hamish Copley’s The Drummer’s Revenge. On the scandal that kept Wood alive in public memory, Copley writes, “It’s become increasingly fashionable to claim that the rumours were made up by Wood’s enemies. Between homophobes on one side who’ve tried to erase homosexuality from Canadian history, and gay activists on the other who’ve tried to turn Wood into some kind of hero, Wood has been portrayed as a victim of a whisper campaign.” Wood’s statue is worth a visit; not as a monument to a hero or villain, but to a man as fallible or perverse or prone to goodness as the rest of us. Go to dailyxtra.com for an interview with Del Newbigging, the sculptor who created the Alexander Wood statue. TORONTO’S GAY & LESBIAN NEWS
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A beautiful romp
The ambiguous lesbian coffee date is a quintessential part of the queer woman’s experience. It goes like this: two women meet over coffee (or perhaps herbal tea), and one or both are unclear on the nature of their meeting. Is it a date? Are they just friends? Will they fuck? Should they rent a U-Haul? Daniel MacIvor’s A Beautiful View plays like a lifelong version of this scenario. Two 20-something women, known only as M and L, meet in a camping goods store and strike up a conversation about their shared fear of bears. Over the next two decades, they drop in and out of each other’s lives, through a long friendship complicated by a sexual tension neither of them totally understands. “It’s a kind of existential romp,” says Ross Manson, director of Volcano Theatre’s current production. “It’s both delightfully quirky and startlingly insightful. What should just be silly ends up being heart-wrenching. It’s truly a masterpiece of Canadian theatre.” First staged in Toronto in 2006, the original production featured MacIvor’s long-time friends and collaborators Caroline Gillis and Tracy Wright. A Beautiful View is the kind of theatre MacIvor has made his signature: plays that use whatever ﬁction exists within them as a sort of ironic pretence to talk about something larger. In this case, he takes on a near universal sub-
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ject, that of friendship, which is rarely seen as a subject in drama. An occasional sticking point for both audiences and critics is how precisely to categorize the play. Like the ambiguous lesbian coffee date, the action reads very differently depending on your perspective. In fact, the question of how to categorize what happens in the play becomes a focal point of the work itself. “MacIvor understands extremely well that categorizing something can narrow it,” Manson says. “It’s not a queer play, just as it’s not a straight play. It’s a play about love and how indeﬁnable and fragile love between two people can be.” —Chris Dupuis A Beautiful View runs Thurs, Feb 27–Sun, March 9 at Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst St. volcano.ca
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Shakespeare: remixed Ann-Marie MacDonald is one of Canada’s great- through the rabbit hole (or in this case, a garbage est cultural assets (a fact that both Oprah and the can) into The Bard’s canon, where she encounters governor general have agreed on), so when one a host of familiar folks: Tybalt, Romeo, Iago and of her plays is produced, it’s a good idea to grab Othello. Of course, the best scenes are with Desa ticket. When the play in question is her classic demona, Juliet and Constance, winding their way comedy Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning through everything from sex to identity to the Juliet), attendance is mandatory. F-word: feminism. “It is an intensely intelligent, It’s a safe bet that the upcoming Hart House joyful love letter to Shakespeare and a celebration Theatre production will be a hot seller; the com- of feminism,” director Carly Chamberlain says. pany’s been on a solid streak lately, with a strong “It’s over 25 years later, and this is still a big deal!” production of Twelfth Night back in Don’t come expecting passive November. It’s great to see them close heroines of yore. MacDonald’s suGOODNIGHT DESDEMONA (GOOD out their season with a Canadian play, perb writing allows these newly posiMORNING JULIET) headed by a powerhouse cast that tioned characters to help Constance Fri, Feb 28–Sat, March 8 Hart House Theatre includes Cydney Penner, Katie Riﬁnd her own identity. “What could be 7 Hart House Circle bout and Theatre Inamorata’s Lesley more important than that?” Chamuofttix.ca Robertson. berlain asks. “It is only with strong The award-winning play was writself-worth that we can truly be generten in 1990, has been mounted around the world, ous, loving and make our greatest contributions to and plays out like Shakespeare remixed. The play- the world — free from fear. Of course, she goes on within-a-play-within-a-subconscious sees Con- that journey within two hours on our stage. But for stance, a modern-day, mousy academic, going the rest of us, it’s a lifelong journey.” —Ryan G Hinds MORE AT DAILYXTRA.COM
MARRIED TO MUSICALS with a particular song. Because of how it’s Wondering how to spend a Saturday night constructed, a huge amount of the story is left alone has plagued single folks since fasting to the interpretation of the team.” before Sunday communion fell out of fashion. Sportelli is well versed in Sondheim’s Marry Me a Little opens with two New Yorkers catalogue, having worked on productions pondering this question musically. of nearly all his shows. Though he’d Known only as Young Man and never seen Marry Me before this Young Woman, the pair navigate production, he knew many of the their respective evenings of songs from his days playing in solitude in separate bachelor New York piano bars. apartments, stacked on top Like many gay men, his love of each other. of musical theatre dates back First staged off-Broadway to childhood. His mother was in 1980, Marry Me was the a regular performer in smallbrainchild of Craig Lucas and town Connecticut community Norman René, creators of the theatre, and she would often Paul Sportelli hit musical Prelude to a Kiss take him to rehearsals. While the (later adapted as the considerother kids were chucking rocks in the ably less successful Meg Ryan ﬁlm). parking lot, Sportelli was inside mesmerConceived as a sort of salvage project for ized by the action onstage. That spark led to a Stephen Sondheim’s “trunk songs,” the revuecareer that now spans three decades. style piece builds its story almost entirely with “I was playing piano for musicals by the time tunes cut from Sondheim’s other shows. I was in grade school,” he says. “I think my fate “It’s a very open piece, in terms of the was pretty much sealed then.” —Chris Dupuis concept and the lyrics,” says Paul Sportelli, musical director of Tarragon Theatre’s current Marry Me a Little runs Wed, March 5–Sun, production. “In rehearsals, we’re constantly April 6, at Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave. asking ourselves what a certain lyric means tarragontheatre.com in this context and what story we want to tell
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YES YES WE CAN! COVER STORY
INTERVIEW BY PHIL VILLENEUVE PHOTOS BY N MAXWELL LANDER
Toronto’s most diverse dance party turns five
The world of hip hop is all about boasting. Who’s the biggest, who’s the best, who’s wearing the most expensive labels possible on their body. So it’s not so out of place for Toronto’s Yes Yes Y’all crew to stick out their chests and big up themselves in light of their thriving hip-hop and dancehall jam turning ﬁve this month. The ﬁve members of the posse have a lot to be proud of. Their monthly dance bash has been a ﬁrecracker since its inception in 2009, and thanks to their belief in community, queer talent and bubble butts, the party shows no signs of slowing down.
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ILA STUNTS (ILA KAVANAUGH)
Xtra: How did Yes Yes Y’all come to be?
ILA: We DJed parties in Toronto
together before... Sticky Fingers, Hump Day Bump. L-ROCK: We all DJed separately and were already friends. NINO BROWN: Then basically, we ended up in a relationship together. L-ROCK: Yeah, a ﬁve-way poly relationship... It’s a small queer world. Did you have a mandate for the bash in the beginning or did it evolve?
L-ROCK: I think we had an intention
for the party and what we wanted it to be. SAMMY: But we didn’t have any expectation about the party growing to what it’s become. ILA: It wasn’t contrived. SAMMY: I remember the ﬁrst party,
YES YES JILL (JILL FOSTER)
we thought 50 people would show up, then there was a lineup around the block. YES YES JILL: Then our biggest worry was “Oh no, we need more coat-check tickets!” L-ROCK: Back then we were renting the equipment ourselves and setting the party up — SAMMY: — in a youth hostel at King and Spadina called Global Village Backpackers. We would trash the fuck out of the place. Now that baby is grown up, how do you think it turned out?
L-ROCK: I think it’s one of the most
diverse queer parties in Toronto because of gender, race and all sorts. NINO: I haven’t been to a party anywhere in the world that seems as diverse, and we really tried hard to
have a speciﬁc type of person come, and all that was was an open-minded person. Of course it’s queer-friendly, but we are also straight-positive. ILA: That was our mandate from the beginning. We were straight-friendly but with zero tolerance for any kind of homophobia or transphobia — anything aggressive. NINO: And it’s nice to have a party that’s got such a huge demographic of people of colour. It’s hard to ﬁnd queer parties anywhere that do that. L-ROCK: And I think strategically, we did it at a place in the city that was easily accessible for the east end and west end. NINO: And we can see that it’s reaching out to the GTA now, too. We have the suburbs coming out; there’s double the amount of people if you include them. And that happens to be very diverse
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out there, too, and luckily for us, people caught on, and in ﬁve years the numbers aren’t really dropping. SAMMY: It’s actually growing still. Why hip hop and dancehall always and forever?
NINO: We lied when we said we didn’t
set out with a speciﬁc agenda, because we most certainly did. And that was to have a queer, safe-space party that didn’t have to rely on pop, house and techno. We like hip hop and dancehall, and a lot of queer people look down upon that because there is a lot of homophobic content in it. But if you love it as much as we do, then you can ﬁnd the good stuff. What about the homophobic artists and lyrics in so much of the music?
L-ROCK: It all depends on what the
lyrical content is. For the most part, we’re careful about listening to the lyrics and hearing what’s actually being said, and we’re not going to necessarily play it if the lyrics are explicitly violent or homophobic. There’s a bit of room for what you can play with, because there’s a song like “Ramping Shop,” by Vybz Kartel, with the lyrics “Man to man/gyal to gyal/ dat’s wrong.” SAMMY: But we cut the lyric and all yell out “That’s bomb!” instead. NINO: Hip hip and dancehall are very much a part of Toronto’s culture. So you can’t really deny that music because most of us grew up with that being our guardianship. For me at least, dancehall and hip hop were so much a part of my upbringing that I needed to ﬁnd the stuff that I identify with, because most of it I do.
Tell us about your favourite guests. Y’all bring in some amazing queer talent to the city.
SAMMY: That’s also what sets us apart
from other parties, is that we bring in international talent, like Angel Haze, Lady, House of Ladosha, Yo Majesty, Bonjay. JILL: Zebra Katz, Le1f, Mike Q. NINO: For the ﬁfth anniversary party, we have Princess Nokia, who I think is going to blow up. She’s from Harlem and raps like Lil’ Kim.
queer-ally hip hop and dancehall happening right now. We even see it with Beenie Man apologizing for his past comments. You can see a shift happening in the culture, and I think we knew that all along. SAMMY: We have a good pulse on that shift. NINO: It’s got a long way to go, but it’s happening. How does this shift reﬂect in the people who attend?
L-ROCK: Where is there a Why these artists?
space that’s ever proven to be a good balance of queer and straight? You just don’t ﬁnd that. Things are generally queer or straight-based. ILA: If they go too straight, shit goes down. We’re really mindful about our
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LILA: We’re fans, and we do our research. We’re paying attention to what is happening. SAMMY: I think there’s a total zeitgeist of queer hip hop happening right now. NINO: There’s a lot of queer and
crowd and their safety. Anybody can come, but no bullshit. JILL: People want to dance to hip hop and dancehall, but they can’t go to a regular club in the city because they don’t feel safe. ILA: Straight people love our party. NINO: They can take their top off and not care; no one will bother them. What do you see for the future of Yes Yes Y’all?
NINO: I think we’re all riding on the
momentum. SAMMY: Right now we’re able to afford
to bring in bigger names and talent, especially with WorldPride coming. NINO: We have some nice surprises, so I don’t feel like we’ll be shutting down anytime soon. L-ROCK: Maybe we’ll do our second Xtra cover for the 10th anniversary!
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A peer-support and discussion group focused on community and solidarity. Thurs, March 6, 8–10pm. The 519 Community Centre, 519 Church St. Free. torontobinet.org
A host of eccentric and international ﬁgures — arms dealers, showgirls, revolutionaries and lovers — spend a weekend in the Italian Alps while the dark clouds of war roll in. Runs until Sat, March 1, various showtimes. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery Historic District. Cost varies. soulpepper.ca
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COMEDY & CABARET Chris Tsujiuchi’s Christerical Jazz Cabaret The cabaret marvel returns to the Pubaret with special guests Scott Christian, Matt Marcoccia, Anthony Rinaldi and Ross MacIntyre. Sun, Feb 23, 8pm. The Flying Beaver, 488 Parliament St. $10 advance, $15 door. pubaret.com
Live Staged Reading of Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy All ﬁve members of Kids in the Hall perform a live reading of the 1996 ﬁlm, including a debut screening of the ﬁlm’s original ending. Tues, March 11, 8pm. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 190 Princes’ Boulevard. $39. torontosketchfest.com
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A free, accessible service for low-income people. Volunteer lawyers provide legal advice, referrals and help with forms and letters. The conﬁdential and private visits are ﬁrst-come, ﬁrst-served. Bring any necessary documents. Every Thursday; registration 6–6:30pm. The 519 Community Centre, 519 Church St. Free. the519.org
Queer As Fuck: New Talent Night The creator of Laughs at Slack’s presents a twice-monthly comedy night in the west end. Features a lineup of queer and queerfriendly comics. Wed, Feb 26, 9:15pm. The Steady Café, 1051 Bloor St W. PWYC. thesteadycafe.com
Paul Bellini’s Liar Liar Pants on Fire Guests tell dubious tales, and audience members are challenged to decide whether the stories are true. Thurs, March 6, 7:30pm. The Flying Beaver, 488 Parliament St. No cover. pubaret.com
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FTM Support Group Trans men share their experiences in a supportive environment. Takes place the ﬁrst and third Friday of each month. For more information, contact ftmtoronto@ yahoo.ca. Fri, Feb 21 and Fri, March 7, 7:30pm. The 519 Community Centre, 519 Church St. Free. the519.org
SOY Monday Night Drop-In Queer youth ages 14 to 29 gather to watch movies, participate in art projects and
Komunka While the Olympics are going on in Sochi, six tenants in a communal apartment in Moscow try to answer two questions that have plagued Russia for centuries. This is a workshop of a play, and attendance is by invitation only. To be invited, contact email@example.com. Sun, Feb 23, 2–8pm. Glad Day Bookshop, 598 Yonge St. Free. gladdaybookshop.com
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This launch of Jessica Whitbread’s book, on connecting women living with HIV in Canada, is also a celebration of the women who helped her in her studies. Sat, Feb 22, 1–4pm. The Toronto Fringe Creation Lab, Unit 403, 720 Bathurst St. Free. jessicawhitbread.com
Queer Fear: Lost Boys A screening of the 1987 ﬁlm The Lost Boys, starring a sort of hot Kiefer Sutherland and the “sexually questionable” Corey Haim. This is part of a screening series aimed at bringing the ﬁercest skeletons out of the closet. Wed, Feb 26, 8pm. Videofag, 187 Augusta Ave. Free. videofag.com
Carole Pope Returns The lesbian rock goddess performs up close and conﬁdential. Fri, Feb 28, 9pm. The Flying Beaver, 488 Parliament St. $20 advance, $25 door. pubaret.com
The Queer Family Mixer Queer parents, grandparents, caregivers and their children are invited to meet other such families while enjoying snacks, activities and discussion. Takes place the ﬁrst Saturday of each month. Sat, March 1, 10:30am–1:30pm. The 519 Community Centre, 519 Church St. the519.org
Queer Confessions: An LGBTQ Memoir Reading Series Various community members tell their tales, including David Bateman and Ricardo Rodriguez. Takes place the ﬁrst Thursday of each month. Thurs, March 6, 7pm. The 519 Community Centre, 519 Church St. Free. queerconfessions.com
PLAYS & MUSICALS Ronnie Burkett’s The Daisy Theatre Burkett performs his queerest marionette show to date, with characters ranging from a crossdressing British major-general to a gay rabbit named Jim Bunny. Runs until Sun, Feb 23, various showtimes. Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst St. $30. factorytheatre.ca
Shrew Bianca cannot marry until her older sister, Katherina does. Unfortunately, in this unique take on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, Kate is the wildest, loudest, maddest shrew in the Klondike. Runs until Sun, March 2, various showtimes. The Storefront Theatre, 955 Bloor St W. PWYC–$19.99. redonetheatre.com
The Wanderers A father and son escape the horrors of war in Afghanistan, only to be haunted by a mysterious presence that reminds them of the devastation they escaped. Runs Sat March 1–Sun, March 23, various showtimes. Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St. PWYC–$37. buddiesinbadtimes.com
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Sapphic Aquatica Women and trans people enjoy a sauna, outdoor heated pool, plush playrooms and ice-breaker games. Takes place the last Sunday of each month. Sun, Feb 23, 8pm– 2am. Oasis Aqualounge, 231 Mutual St. $20. oasisaqualounge.com
Latin Night Horny hunks enjoy Latin music and decorations, games, sea-salt scrubs, a 50/50 draw and a safe-sex workshop. Thurs, Feb 27, 8–11pm. Spa Excess, 105 Carlton St. Regular rates apply. spaexcess.com
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Steers and Queers Nancy Bocock, Judy Virago, Axel Blows and the House of Shimmy perform while DJs Joe Blow, Katie Richie and Sigourney Beaver spin honkytonk. Suggested dress code: one-piece long underwear, boots. 9pm. Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. thedakotatavern.com Spooky Bitch Jenna Syde and Allysin Chaynes dig up classic goth industrial, new wave, post punk, death rock and shoe-gaze hits. 11pm–2am. The Beaver, 1192 Queen St W. thebeavertoronto.com
Fri, Feb 21 Woody’s Friday Toronto Gay Hockey Association’s annual Jock Auction, sponsored by Pump Underwear and hosted by Sofonda Cox, at 9pm; Cruiseline’s Best Men’s Ass Contest, hosted by Georgie Girl, with Jada Hudson and DJ Mark Falco, at midnight. Woody’s, 465-467 Church St. No cover. woodystoronto.com Le Kif Kif DJ Sticky Cuts and guest are on decks for the east-end queer crowd the third Friday of every month. 10pm. WAYLA, 996 Queen St E. waylabar.com Pop Asia: After School DJ Sumation spins top 40, house, electro, K-pop and J-pop. Performance by the DestinAsian Dance Crew. 10pm. Fly, 8 Gloucester St. No cover before midnight, $4 after. ﬂynightclub.com Barber Shop: LumberJacked DJs Michael K and Mumbles (Vancouver) throw down for plaid-clad west-enders. 10pm. The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St W. No cover before 10:30pm, $5 after. barbershopto.ca Birthday Sex DJs Diego Bros spin ’90s to 2000s R&B and hip hop, with birthday shout-outs and requests encouraged. 10pm. The Shop at Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St W. No cover before 11pm, $5 after. facebook. com/partsandlabourto DFMO DJs John Caffery and Phil V encourage danceﬂoor tongue wrestling, with a performance by Igby Lizzard. 10:30pm. Buddies, 12 Alexander St. $5. buddiesinbadtimes.com It’s Hot Out DJs KiKiLeaks and CBB spin queer hip hop and hot dance jams. 11pm–2am. The Beaver, 1192 Queen St W. beavertoronto.com
Boylesque TO’s Boylympics Toronto’s all-boy burlesque troupe presents the only sports event that matters this winter. Features cold sports and hot men, such as Dew Lily, Wrong Note Rusty and James & The Giant Pasty. Fri, Feb 28, 9pm. Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St W. $22 advance, $28 door. leespalace.com
The 35th Rhubarb Festival For two weeks, Buddies in Bad Times and the surrounding area become a hotbed of artistic experimentation, featuring new works in performance art, dance, music and more. Runs until Sun, Feb 23, various showtimes. Buddies in
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Naked Dance TNT!Men hosts the monthly au naturel party. 4–9pm. Club120, 120 Church St. $8, $5 members, $4 students. tntmen.org Blood, Sweat & Queers: Sissydude Edition Party with the king of internet sexy! Sissydude salon and dinner party, with DJ Grant Heaps, 7–10pm. Sissydude celebration, with DJ Phil V, 10pm–2am. The Steady, 1051 Bloor St W. $5. sissydude.com
Woody’s Saturday The Riverside Campground Red Hot Event, at 8pm; Squirt.org Best Men’s Ass Contest, hosted by Sofonda, with Devine Darlin and DJ Chris Steinbach, at midnight. Woody’s, 465-467 Church St. No cover. woodystoronto.com Feminist Porn Awards Fundraiser CuePoc and Good for Her raise a bit of cash, with DJs Sissy Fuss and Chantelle Eff, host Hiba Al-a-Mode, raffle prizes and porn screening. 9pm–3am. Cold Tea, 60 Kensington Ave. No cover before 11pm, $5–15 after. goodforher.com/feminist_porn_awards Crush: Grease Lightning Drag kings The Yes Men bring your Danny and Kenickie fantasies to life. Hosted by I’d Tap That. Fifties attire encouraged. All-welcoming;
sexually respectful folks only. 10pm. Club120, 120 Church St. $10. id-tap-that.com Sin DJs Chez and Dwayne Minard spin house and electro beats for the bearish, anything-goes crowd. No dress code. 10pm–4am. Black Eagle, 457 Church St. $5 before midnight, $10 after. blackeagletoronto.com Wayne’s Girls DJs Garth and Wayne welcome Delaware with rock-and-roll classics. 10pm. Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St W. henhousetoronto.com Sissyboy Hissyﬁt DJ Orange Pekoe and guest MC Jazz spin top 40 and dance faves for pretty boys, prancers and bottom wigglers. 11pm–2am. The Beaver, 1192 Queen St W. $5. beavertoronto.com
Sun, Feb 23 Underbear DJ Stephen Knight spins a fundraising underwear party for the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation. 4–10pm. Black Eagle, 457 Church St. No cover. blackeagletoronto.com Stumpgrinding: Flaming furs, ﬁery fashion DJs Mary Mack and ChooZe spin house, pop, electro, post-punk, R&B, hip hop, soca and more for the hawt-couture crowd. 11pm–2am. The Beaver, 1192 Queen St W. beavertoronto.com
Mon, Feb 24 Drag Race Viewing Party Scarlett Bobo and Daytona Bitch host the dinner and bitchfest every Monday, with Bradley serving up food and libations. 8pm. The 8th Deadly Sin, 6 Gloucester St. No cover. the8th.ca OUTtv Drag Race Viewing Party D’Amanda Tension, Roxy Rollover, Michael Ain and Alfredo Scaini dish, host, throw shade and give away prizes. 8:30– 10:30pm. Pegasus, 489B Church St. No cover. outtv.ca
Tues, Feb 25 Dinner and a Drag Race The House of Filth girls return to host a screening of RuPaul’s Drag Race, followed by Untucked. Performances by Judy Virago, Igby Lizzard, Nancy Bocock and Allysin Chaynes. 8:30pm. Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St W. No cover. henhousetoronto.com
Wed, Feb 26 Club120 Wednesday Open-mic for comedians, magicians, illusionists and burlesque performers; hosted by Sasha Van Bon Bon and Rob Testa. Featuring performances by comics Mandy Goodhandy, Dawn Whitwell, Andy Fruman, Steven Pryce and Amish Patel. Open-mic performers must arrive by 8:45pm. 8pm. Club120, 120 Church St. $8, $5 guest list (toddklinck@gmail. com). club120.ca
Thurs, Feb 27 Crews & Tangos Thursday The Butch & The Bitch, with Tyler Uptight and Daytona Bitch, at 9pm; DJ Craig Dominic in Tangos and Vocal Rehab karaoke, with Elyse, in the Zone, both at 10pm; Drama Queens, with Ivory Towers and guests, at 11:30pm. Crews & Tangos, 508 Church St. No cover. crewsandtangos.com Ladyplus Party DJ Todd Klinck spins for the meet-and-socialize event for T-girls, their friends, allies and admirers. Spontaneous T-girl go-go shows and
private VIP dances throughout the night. 8pm. Club120, 120 Church St. $5 before 11pm, $10 after. club120.ca
Fri, Feb 28 Wack Slacks: Frozen Edition The DJ throws down ’90s dance hits, from Madonna to Roxette. 11pm–2am. The Beaver, 1192 Queen St W. beavertoronto.com
Sat, March 1 Tramp DJ Jacqie Jaguar on decks for the dykes, rug munchers, femmes, hussies and lezzies. This is a party for femaleidentiﬁed folks, but all respectful people are welcome. 10pm. The Steady, 1051 Bloor St W. No cover. thesteadycafe.com Fake Prom The GTA Rollergirls host their 6th annual fundraising evening of fun and games, with DJs B-Radio and Apex Hunter. 10pm. Club120, 120 Church St. $10, $5 for skaters with insurance. gtarollergirls.com Tapette DJ Phil V spins franco-fag for the steamy west-end dance party. Special performance by Barbie Jo Bontemps. 10pm. Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St W. No cover before 11pm, $5 after. henhousetoronto.com
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Short Circuit DJ The Robotic Kid spins Italo and nu disco, deep house and robo wave. No dress code.10:30pm–2am. Black Eagle, 457 Church St. No cover. blackeagletoronto.com
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Sun, March 2 Woody’s Sunday Hollywoody Broadway Show, co-hosted by Mahogany Brown and Brooke Lynn Hytes, at 6pm; Old School, hosted by Georgie Girl, with Michelle Ross, at 9 pm; Five Smokin’ Hot Divas, hosted by Georgie Girl, with Devine Darlin, Tynomi Banks, Kitanya and DJ Blue Peter, at 11pm. Woody’s, 465-467 Church St. No cover. woodystoronto.com
Mon, March 3 WAYLA’s ’90s Trivia Night Kaleb Robertson and Miss Fluffy Soufflé take turns hosting the retro quiz event, with dance moves, audio clues and more. Madonna, Nirvana and Fly Girls galore. 7pm. WAYLA, 996 Queen St W. No cover. waylabar.com, kalebrobertson.ca Singular Sensation: A Musical-Theatre Open Mic Amateur crooners perform their favourite show tunes with a live band every Monday night. Hosted by Jennifer Walls. 10pm–1am. Statlers, 487 Church St. No cover.
Tues, March 4 Rock & Retro DJ Chris Steinbach hits the turntables, while Lee turns the Bad Boy Prize Wheel. 8pm. Woody’s, 467 Church St. No cover. woodytoronto.com Industry Night DJ Quinces spins top 40, hip hop, reggae, Latin pop, house, moombahton and more. 10pm. Crews & Tangos, 508 Church St. No cover. crewsandtangos.com
Wed, March 5 Toronto Drag Kings Tyler Uptight, Cameron, Kenny and Chase Manning perform in the weekly drag-king show. Every Wednesday. 11pm–2am. Zipperz/ Cellblock, 72 Carlton St. No cover. facebook.com/zipperz
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XPOSED 1E Pageboy haircut, faux-fur
coat, lace body suit: Kayla over here is extremely on point at the ﬁrst anniversary for Regretro at the Henhouse. Jiz-worthy. 2E TK and Pascal’s faces tell the whole story of just what kind of shit-show of love the Regretro party was. It’s this kind of joie that probably kept this party going for the last year. 3E Emad did some DJing at Unfriendly Bitch, and Cameron pressed up the craft drag on crack. That paper bag has lipstick and a blonde ponytail. A fucking Barbie-level ponytail. Could you just die? 4E J/A/L’s face is the perfect stink-face. The disco-ball hat and the snap-on bow tie really make the pure stink-face stand out, like the most perfect framing for a beautiful piece of art. I think J/A/L should be the face of the next poster for Unfriendly Bitch at The Beaver. Like really, can you get any more unfriendly or bitchy than this? 5E It was chilly out the night of Vogue Ball, so Davey came prepared with his best feather boa,
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which provides just enough coverage to keep the ﬂu at bay but not so much that you hide your money-maker of a bod away from the adoring public. Smart man. 6E The Vogue Ball at Harbourfront was so incredibly rife with talent Becca had a panic attack in the bathroom at one point. Check out Alistair here and his lovely outﬁt, inspired by Leigh Bowery. Oh swoon. 7E Jo, François and Benjamin were prancing through the Vogue Ball in all the things I love in life: eyelashes that read from the back of the room, cut-off athletic jerseys and one well-waxed dandy mustache. It’s more of an ensemble piece than a star of the show, this trio, but all the best acts are. 8E Mitchell bears a striking resemblance to a 1980s Rick Astley in that green plaid-onplaid suit, and I say that in the nicest way possible; that suit is beautiful and it matches him to a tee. Adamo, by his side, ain’t so bad either. Perfect 10. 9E Sexy couple Darlene and Julie did it up on the danceﬂoor for Joseph and The Mercurials’ show at Soho House. That place has so much skin-tight leather and perfect blowouts ﬂipping around, you’d think it was upper Manhattan in the late 1970s in there.
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Key West has been an island of open-minded thinking for more than a century. So whether you come here for the clear waters and stunning sunsets, or the vibrant cultural scene, you’ll find a safe harbor for whatever floats your boat. ﬂa-keys.com/gaykeywest 305.294.4603