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Tyler is a photographer, community worker, media wanderer, jokester, comic book reader, video game player, and puppy dog lover. He has had too many jobs but not enough magical experiences. You can find him volunteering in the arts and queer things. He likes to think that he is good at making sexy eyes at people from across the room, but so far his attempts have gotten him in trouble, signed up for magazine subscriptions, and into multi-level marketing pitches. You can find him as TeeJohnny on Social Media to check out his weirdness, photography, or to see the sexy eyes for yourself.

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SAFE TRAVELS Phnom Penh

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hen us Canadians think of Christmas, we tend to the finest city in all the French colonies of Southeast Asia. think of snow, eggnog, and turkey. But have you ever thought about trading that for palm trees, Ang- Most visitors to Phnom Penh will probably want to learn more kor beer, and fried tarantula? Phnom Penh, Cambo- about the Khmer Rouge. It’s a sad and terrible point in Cam-

dia is probably not a place most people would instantly think of to bodia’s history, but certainly an integral part of understanding visit over the holidays but if you keep an open mind like I did, you where the country is today. The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum can have a Christmas you’ll never forget.

is a former school that was converted by the Khmer Rouge into

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a prison and interrogation centre. Over 20,000 people were Like all of Cambodia, Phnom Penh has suffered incredibly in the killed here, and only 12 survived by the time it was liberated. recent past. From 1975 to 1979 the city of 1 million people was It’s a haunting place, and be warned that the museum concompletely abandoned by the extreme communist government tains some graphic images. It’s best visited with a local guide, of the Khmer Rouge. Given what the city has been through it’s but there are lots of signs in English and it is possible to visit

amazing to see it today. While it is perhaps a little rough around on your own. On the outskirts of the city there’s the Choeung the edges, the city is rapidly being restored to its former glo- Ek Killing Fields, accessible by Tuk Tuk or as part of a half-day ry. With beautiful boulevards, gleaming palaces and a vibrant tour with a guide. One of many mass grave sites in the counwaterfront, it’s easy to imagine why it was once regarded it as try, it’s now a place of mourning and remembrance. The audio

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guide is excellent, making it quite easy to

lent; they also offer full day trips leaving

cals. Heart of Darkness is also a popular

do on your own if you’d like. Believe it or

from either Phnom Penh or Siem Reap.

club in the happening nightlife district of

not, I visited both of these sites the day before Christmas, and while it was completely devastating to learn about what happened, it also put into perspective how truly fortunate most of us are and how much we really have to be thankful for during the holidays.

Street 51. Although not specifically gay, Similar to neighbouring Thailand, Cambodia is a very open and tolerant society and

the crowd tends to be quite mixed on the weekends, but not until after midnight.

LGBTQ-friendly. Although Phnom Penh is not a big enough city to have a dedicat-

Lastly, a visit to Phnom Penh wouldn’t

ed gay “village”, there are a collection of

be complete without trying some de-

gay and gay-friendly venues to enjoy. For

licious Cambodian cuisine. Romdeng is a charity restaurant that is run by an

resort Arthur & Paul. This swanky bou-

organization called Friends Internation-

gloom; far from it, in fact. For a look at

tique hotel is also open to the public from

al. The restaurant helps to get youth off

the most beautiful Buddhist temples in

6 P.M. to midnight. Sit at the bar, lounge

the street and give them training in the

the country, visit the Royal Palace & Sil-

by the pool, or wind down in the secluded

hospitality industry. The contemporary

ver Pagoda. This compound is the resi-

hot tub or steam room - a sign will kindly

Cambodian dishes are excellent and

dence of the King of Cambodia (who was

inform you that bathing suits are prohib-

you can know that your money is going

a ballet dancer in Paris and is rumoured

ited! Rainbow Bar is a nice place near the

to a great cause. If you’re feeling adven-

to be gay). There isn’t much for signs or

National Museum to enjoy a few drinks

turous, have the tarantulas as a starter.

information, so it’s best to visit with a lo-

and chat with a few locals. Blue Chili is

Reservations are recommended.

cal guide. You could also enjoy a romantic

the most popular gay bar in town; their

evening on the Mekong River on one of

drag show on Friday and Saturday nights

the dinner river cruises. The dinner and

at 11 P.M. is quite popular and usually

sunset cruise by Phocea Mekong is excel-

hosts a crowd of expats, tourists and lo-

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LGBTQ+ Interfaith Event in St. John’s By Sarah Furlong

In 2015, upon discovering the lack of representation of other faith communities in the Pride Parade, the St. John’s Quaker Worship Group decided to march alongside LGBTQ allies as a statement of the group’s belief in equality. “We noticed that there weren’t other faith communities represented in the parade and we wanted to do something about that,” says Liz Ohle of St. John’s Quaker Worship Group. The following year, the St. John’s Quaker Worship Group invited several other faith communities to take part in a MultiFaith Service during Pride Week. The event was designed to replace the popular Out in Faith event that took place for the previous two years. “In planning and conducting the service in 2016, we had representatives from Quakers, Unite Church, Anglican Church, Jewish Havura Community, Muslim faith, Shambhala Buddhist Meditation group, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, and the L’nu Nation,” Ohle tells The Outport. “We encourage other faith groups to participate as well.” Ohle says the St. John’s Quaker Worship Group also

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recognizes the pertinence of the Out in Faith panel discussions so one is currently being organized for February 2017. It is scheduled to include four LGBTQ2S speakers from varying faith traditions. The goal of the St. John’s Quaker Worship Group is to ensure that LGBTQ people have an opportunity to freely express their faith as well as their gender/ sexual/affectional orientation. “We hope to increase dialogue within faith communities about ministry that is inclusive of LGBTQ people,” explains Ohle. “We hope to facilitate healing of LGBTQ people who have been harmed by religious communities.” Ohle says the St. John’s Quaker Worship Group recognizes the fact that many people are in search of safety and support when life brings turmoil, but for some LGBTQ people, their church has not been the place in which to find that. “For many LGBTQ people, churches have been the source of some of the pain and hardship we experience. But the desire for a spiritual community can still be very strong,” says Ohle. “People may choose to remain closeted to avoid the discrimination and condemnation. Or they


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may seek a more inclusive faith community. Or they may totally retreat from organized religion altogether.

it must not drop from our minds so that it is never taken for granted.”

“Our committee hopes to provide spaces for LGBTQ people to express their faith and to heal from hurts regardless of the path they have chosen.”

Ohle says that attendees of the February’s Out in Faith event can expect to hear stories of personal navigation through intersection of faith and sexual orientation and/or gender expression from a panel of LGBTQ individuals of differing faiths.

Like any ally of the LGBTQ community, the St. John’s Quaker Worship Group believes that everybody is essential. “All people matter and are important, and all deserve to be welcomed and cared for and loved for who they are regardless of orientation, gender, race, creed, and culture. Human history is replete with exclusivity that came at a terrible cost. The value and practice of inclusivity must always be proclaimed and practiced until one day it becomes fully accepted and even then,

For more information, our readers can contact the St. John’s Quaker Worship Group at stjohns-contact@quaker.ca.

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inter is coming! It’s not just the mantra of Game of Thrones for us here in St. John’s. There are those who are pumped for the winter season. However, if you’re like me, you’re questioning how you let fall pass you by. With that said, winter does have its perks. There are amazing things to check out during the winter months in our region. If you’re looking for some great ways to spend the afternoon and you’re on a budget, check out some of the options below!

Winter Fun

1) “Havin’ a Time” In Bannerman Park

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Bannerman Park is filled with beauty throughout the year. As the oldest and most historic park in the province, Bannerman Park has undergone a massive renovation in the past five years. This includes the addition of “The Loop”, an outdoor skating rink. During the winter months this park also has a Beavertails on site. So whether you want to take a walk through this beautiful park through the snow, grab a pair of skates and show off your skills, or warm up with a delicious hot chocolate and yummy treat from The Outport // Winter Edition 2016

Beavertails, Bannerman Park is a great way to get out and enjoy the snow.

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2) Winter Fun in Pippy Park

Many communities have many events to celebrate the holiday season. St. John’s is no exception. A big part of the holiday season here is New Year’s Eve. Newfoundland takes great pride in the fact that we are the first part of North America to celebrate the new year. This is cause for great celebration. On New Year’s Eve the city is having a free skating party at “The Loop” at Bannerman Park from 4-6 where they are offering free hot chocolate and playing music throughout the evening. Later that evening at 9 p.m. there will be a free live outdoor concert conveniently coined “It All Starts Here” at the St. John’s City Hall. The music of Shanneyganock, The Ennis Sisters, Eastern Owl, and Stompbox will be heard through the air with performances by WonderBolt Circus, an amazing pyrotechnics show, and an unique countdown to the New Year.

As one of the biggest urban parks in Canada, Pippy Park has something for everyone no matter the season. In winter, Pippy Park offers cross country ski and snowshoe rentals for less than $10 for the day. They have introductory classes for $10 if you are a beginner or need a refresher in cross country skiing. It’s a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the beauty that winter has to offer and a great way to get in some exercise!

3) ChillFest! From February 17-19th, 2017, the City of St. John’s is planning a festival of FREE activities! Yes, FREE! This includes a Sweet Heart Skate and a Disco DJ Skating Party at “The Loop” at Bannerman Park, a traditional Kitchen Party at the Johnson Geo Centre, a Torchlite/Lantern Parade at Bowring Park, and so much more! For more details, there are promises of updates through the city’s website and

4) Holiday Events!

5) Sledding in Bowring Park Who doesn’t want to go sliding in


Bowring Park? It makes a great date, an outing with friends or even get together as a family. Bowring Park is another great historic park here in St. John’s. It has great hills and short walking trails that makes you forget you’re in the city. If you don’t have a sled there is always the infamous sliding on your bum! Get together a winter picnic and include a thermos full of hot chocolate and it can make a great afternoon of fun.

7) Channel Your Inner Child

8) Time to Go Inside! Once you have completed the outdoor activities, or you are not an outdoor enthusiast, there are many museums and art galleries that you can check out in St. John’s. The Rooms on Bonaventure Avenue is Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest cultural space. There are exhibits, collections, and programs that depict the story of Newfoundland and Labrador through artwork, artifacts,

archaeology, architecture and archival records. On the first Wednesday of every month access to The Rooms is FREE! Otherwise, a ticket is $10 for admissions. The Johnson Geo Centre on Signal Hill Road is a geology interpretation centre that has a great emphasis on the importance of the geology of Newfoundland and Labrador. At $12 for admission you can learn about geology in an interactive and unique way. For other options a quick internet search will give you a full listing on museums and art galleries available in the city. For more information, check out the community events calendar in your town to find out what fun events are coming your way!

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Winter always makes me think of when I was a kid. Building snowmen with my friends, making snow angels, snowball fights, building Quinzhees (a show shelter that is made by

gathering a LARGE pile of snow then hollowing it out through an opening that can shelter a few people) in junior high school. Sometimes when you need that escape from the mundane it can help to let that inner child out and play in the snow!

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Changing it up for the winter months Exercise should be non-negotiable. Unfortunately, motivation or a lack thereof can be the biggest challenge. The winter months can be a very frustrating time for even the most motivated exercisers. It’s really no different than any other time of the year. It’s nice to know that everyone tends to struggle with motivation in the winter months. Here’s a few things to help you stay true to your healthy self, even during those cold days of winter:

If you haven’t already, find a winter sport that you like and it won’t feel like exercise at all. Cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and ice skating are great for those outdoor enthusiasts. All you need is a change of clothes to do so comfortably, and in the winter that generally means wearing bright colors, dressing in layers, remembering to keep hydrated, and staying visible. Maybe you’d rather bring your workout indoors. If you’re a runner, that might be a treadmill. If you’re a cyclist, spin classes might be up your

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alley. There is also a host of other activities that you can do indoors. Gym memberships aren’t cheap, but many gyms have a la carte deals where you pay by visit or by month so you don’t have to get a yearly contract. Those prices are usually a lot higher than a yearly contract, but if you only have to use the gym for shorter periods of time, it’s not so bad. If the price is too much, your local community center likely has a small gym that’ll get you through the winter months.

Don’t be too hard on yourself. Many people expect too much from themselves; they think it has to be much harder than it has to be and when they don’t live up to the expectations they’ve set for themselves, it all begins to fall apart. This is the cycle many of you know: you start something with good intentions, stumble, get frustrated, and give up. Be nice to yourself—stumbles and failures are going to happen. No one’s perfect.

Don’t get caught up in the “all or nothing” approach. Exercise doesn’t have to be complicated. Doing something is better than doing nothing. Do what you can do and do it consistently—then worry about optimizing later as you gain momentum. Find your

own combination of tools, tips, techniques, and advice that will support you and your health and fitness goals. Accept advice, but remember you’re in this for you—and you’re the only one who’ll know what really works.

It’s also a good idea to think of your winter workouts as training. Since most big exercise events are in the summer, the winter’s all about getting yourself ready for those events. This is a great time to get in on some whole body training activities like kickboxing, power yoga, functional training sessions, or small group training. These are usually well constructed and more personal, but a more economical option than one-on-one personal training. Regardless of what you end up choosing to do, it’s important to stick to your routine as much as possible. If you’re working out three days a week, continue that through winter. What you do doesn’t matter as much as you think, just as long as you keep moving.

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Queer, Sober,&And

Festive I am no sober guru, but I know what it is like to want to cut back and make better choices for me. I don’t partake and this holiday season I plan on staying on the sober train. So, if like me you want to remember your family members rant about why Trump is great by avoiding boozy blackouts, here is how I plan on doing it. Do whatever you need to do to feel safe and healthy. Staying low, completely avoiding, or by lying to friends and family about why you are not drinking are all okay if it helps you to stay sober. I have told family and friends that I am on medication to avoid having to indulge in one of their bougie boozy cocktails. Don’t replace alcohol with cheese. Or treats. Or anything. I have a long pattern of self-harm dating back to childhood. I was once grounded for being caught eating a whole block of microwaved mozzarella. I know how to eat my feelings. I also know I have a habit of replacing one not-so-great thing with another. So, this Christmas I won’t be found drowning in the chocolate fountain. I will be strong, resilient, and charming even without the candy cane schnapps. Focus on new behaviours or tasks. One of the key components for me in not turning into Party Ogre Tyler is focusing on a productive task instead of

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obsessing about a negative behaviour. Instead of replacing my binge-drinking with hoarding all of the Swedish meatballs at family dinner, I offer to take photos. This gives me a task, a bit of distance, and helps prevent me from pushing people into the Christmas tree. Understand that when others want you to party or drink, it is about them and not about you. This takes some compassion and a helping of critical self-reflection. I have told family that I am choosing to stay sober. They still offer me crappy beer. I choose to believe that they want me to be happy and healthy, but they don’t understand the complexities of what I need or want. Their version of happiness that includes alcohol and fighting over board games isn’t my version of happiness. Have a champion that you can rely on. I have become brutally honest with myself and others about what I need to be healthy and safe. I can advocate for what I know I need. Before, I often had someone I could lean on for parties and events where Party Ogre Tyler could be enticed to make an appearance. They help deflect offers of booze, they check-in, they leave early with you. It can make all the difference knowing you are not alone.


Go out if you feel up to it. Before being sober full-time, I often would be designated driver on New Year’s Eve. This allowed me to get to as many of the great or awful parties that are happening while also avoiding the struggles associated with drinks, taxis, and waiting. This Christmas I know I will still get out to a few events, pre-armed with herbal teas. Having a champion, a good lie, or plans for the next morning seem to keep me from ripping off my clothes and jumping into taxis with strangers. Plan for healthy routines and activities. An essential piece of my sober life has been exercise. I started crossfit the same week I put Party Ogre Tyler in a box and duct taped him shut. I plan on escaping often to hiking, going to the gym, or by sleeping early with ear plugs. Do whatever you need to do get your mind into another state and past the point where you want to drink.

Have compassion for yourself. It isn’t so long ago that I would judge you for using affirmations to help yourself feel better. Now, I journal them, draw them on chalk boards, and say them to myself and others. It is a part of building patterns and routines that support compassion for myself. Party Ogre Tyler provided me with some epic times in the last ten years. I don’t judge those those experiences as bad or good, they are a part of me. Even though I am working hard to build a stronger and more resilient self, I might not always get it right. My privilege has allowed me to have a lifetime’s worth of soft landings when I have gotten it wrong. Not everyone is so lucky. If you can, give yourself a little love and know that you are doing your best. The queer community and alcohol can go hand-in-hand so it isn’t always so easy. You are doing your best. If you feel like you are struggling this holiday season to stay sober, queer, and festive, know that somewhere in Atlantic Canada I too am avoiding small talk, staring at cheese plates, and drinking my third cup of sedative herbal tea while everyone else is getting schnapped. The Outport // Winter Edition 2016

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