This is a passage from Jodi Picoult’s book “Lone Wolf” which my mother is reading. She said this passage stood out to her. I love my mom :)
Hey Guelph and surrounding area queers (and allies)! Come kick off this years Guelph Pride with the annual dance at the Holiday Inn. Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 advance tickets are available at Out On The Shelf (141 Woolwich facing Eramosa). Check out the Facebook event here.
You know it’s going to be rad because I made the high-school-computer-lab-prom-chic poster!
And if you love drag shows (I know you do), check out the Drag Cabaret on May 12 @ eBar. It is ALWAYS a blast (and Athena might be there too).
Weekend killed me.
Everyone should watch it. It transcends sexuality. It’s an enchanting yet heartbreaking film that explores the dynamics between two people in a brief encounter.
But from a queer perspective, it’s an exploration of the debate of those who just want to settle down and live a more heteronormative lifestyle vs. those who think we don’t need to (or shouldn’t) become an imitation of the romantic heterosexual experience.
Personally, to each his own. There’s no right or wrong way to live your life, so long as you are happy and healthy.
In summary, watch this movie. It will kill you with it’s adorableness.
You (obviously) don’t have to be in Guelph to follow! It will be a page with guest posts, featured resources (some of which are hilarious, such as a Cher fitness VHS), and any CanQueer related news/happenings.
If you live in Guelph or the surrounding area and want us to promote an event on our page, shoot me a message!
Follow and enjoy!
Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke was honoured by PLFAG Canada (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) with the “Ally Award” on Monday. Here is part of his speech via MapleLeafs.com (Photo: Mark Blinch/Reuters):
I believe that the PFLAG “Ally Award” has great significance, and I was flattered to accept it on Monday night on behalf of the Burke family. But I hope the day comes, and soon, when this award is retired as obsolete.
A parent’s unconditional love and acceptance of their child is unremarkable, and should be automatic. It deserves no accolades or praise. Make no mistake, the hero here was Brendan. What Brendan did took courage. Coming out in arguably the most macho of the professional sports. Now that was worthy of an award.
Most walls in society have been breached or levelled over time. But not this one – professional sports in North America has no gay presence. And certainly the NHL does not. These walls have not been breached, have not been levelled. Bias, suspicion and prejudice still prevail. Our goal has to be to continue to level these barriers.
Great progress has been made. But much hard work still lies ahead. Gradual change has been interspersed with radical statements and positions. Brendan’s lot as a gay man in general was far better than it would have been in 1980. But the process must continue. Today, we are talking about battling ignorance, fear and bias. And I am going to ask everybody to agree to take three steps going forward – and to eliminate homophobia.
Why am I receiving this award? Because my son was gay. And I lost him in a car accident on February 5, 2010. Brendan came out in a very public way shortly before we lost him. He changed lives, and he has inspired me to do the same.
[TRIGGER WARNING: Transphobic Violence]
I believe if I was standing at a dressing room and my wife or one of my daughters was in the dressing room and a man tried to go in there — I don’t care if he thinks he’s a woman and tries on clothes with them in there — I’d just try to stomp a mudhole in him and then stomp him dry.
Don’t ask me to adjust to their perverted way of thinking and put my family at risk. We cannot continue to let these people dominate how society acts and reacts. Now if somebody thinks he’s a woman and he’s a man and wants to try on women’s clothes, let him take them into the men’s bathroom or dressing room.
Tennessee State Rep. Richard Floyd defending his state’s extremely transphobic “bathroom bill”
This turns my stomach. And so flawed:
Don’t ask me to adjust to their perverted way of thinking and put my family at risk.
Really? Risk of WHAT? Obviously after your disturbingly violent statement, transgendered people are clearly (and always have been) the one’s at risk. Not the other way around.
Anti-bullying bill subverts Catholic curriculum: group
A private group of Catholic parents is worried Ontario’s proposed anti-bullying legislation, Bill 13, will force the religious schools their children attend to change fundamental Church teachings on homosexual behaviour.
“Our concern is that this anti-bullying legislation is meant to bring a change in the Catholic curriculum,” said Teresa Pierre, director of Ontario Catholic Parent Advocates, which wants to see Bill 13 dropped. “We are concerned about the potential erosion of Catholic principles.
“The province’s goal is to change Catholic social teaching in our schools under the cause of ending homophobia. I think they’re following the momentum of a social agenda that has been at work for the past 10 years.”
“We would not tolerate negative speech toward anyone based on his or her sexual orientation in our schools,” she said. “Nevertheless, we don’t want society telling the Church what is proper behaviour and what it should teach.” (Photo: Peter J. Thompson/National Post)
This drives me nuts. Sometimes it seems like people will do anything to prevent tolerance, especially under the guise of “morality” and “religious freedom”. The church has Western society by the balls, so you can relax.
Also, if you’re receiving public funding, you’re going to have to make some compromises. If you want to operate totally to your own accord, I suggest you stop taking money out of taxpayer’s pockets. Thanks.
Thin Skin Jonny - What Do Gay People Talk About?
This had me in hysterics. Courtesy of Colby Keller on his Big Shoe Diaries blog. He is my favourite internet discovery, possibly ever.
Today is the Transgender Day of Rememberance.
This is Venus Xtravaganza, featured in the documentary (and one of my favourite films) Paris Is Burning.
Venus died the year I was born in 1988 while the film was still being produced. She used prostitution to finance her transition and was found four days after she was strangled to death under a motel bed.
Venus has been a major influence on my life, because she pursued being herself without any reservation. And obviously to the point of putting herself in danger.
Many trans people have suffered or died at the hands of the ignorant purely because they refused to be anything less than themselves.
Gender is a social construct. Identity is fluid. Everyone has the right to become what they feel they truly are.