Halifax LGBT Business Association Kicks Off with Mayor Mike Savage

"So far, 174 individuals representing 90 different small, medium and large enterprises have shown interest in the development of the association. Our priority now is to translate that interest into membership. We would really like to have a full house for our first official meeting on October 2.” 

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UPDATED! Tarek and John in their own words

" ... arrested, searched, caged, questioned, interrogated, videotaped with a ‘Syrian terrorist’, slapped, beaten, ridiculed, hot-boxed, refused phone calls, stripped, shaved bald, accused of being foreign mercenaries. Was it our Canadian passports, or the footage of Tarek performing CPR, or our ice cream wrappers that set them off? They screamed ‘Canadian’ as they kicked and hit us. John had a precisely etched bootprint bruise on his back for a week."

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NSRAP Gala Features Canada’s Foremost Queer Journalist

 "I got hooked, I guess, on empowerment, the transformation of The Helpless Queer with no history and an unlikely future into Someone, into a group of Someones, who uncovered a history, who found heroes, who grabbed today and shook it till tomorrow fell out of its pocket and there was a place there in it for us."                            

                      

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I wanna hold your hand….. but what if it isn’t safe?

"Although LGBTQ Canadians have enjoyed equal protections under the law and access to same-sex marriage for quite some time, day-to-day experiences of prejudice and discrimination still exist. One of the most common instances that can lead to such experiences is the simple act of holding hands with the person you love. It’s an act that shouldn’t lead anyone to take notice, but it does. Some people react with happy smiles, but others react with looks of disgust, verbal assaults or physical aggression. Is the solution to stop holding hands and effectively take our relationships back into the closet?" Dr. Karen L. Blair

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Solidarity Halifax’s Peoples History Includes NS LGBTQ Struggle

"St. FX History Prof Chris Frazer is well known in Halifax as Drag Artist C. Leah Cruise. Chris will be presenting on queer activism at A People’s History of Nova Scotia. ... Chris will likely be talking about why social equity within the LGBTQ community has been such an uneven development." 

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Real Men Get Checked Out!

Eight local gay men are the faces of the recently launched Check Me Out campaign aimed at gay and bi (and bi-curious) men. The smiling models each appear in ads and posters wearing a Check Me Out T-shirt beside the caption “I get checked out... will you?” in what looks like a personal ad.“I liked the idea of ... using someone people might know,” says campaign model and local journalist Simon Thibault.

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Art+Activism@NSCAD Host Talk with Visiting Artist Chase Joynt

"I began this project in search of a counter-narrative to my experiences of mastectomy and hysterectomy as they relate to gender and embodiment. What I discovered was an artistic and intellectual collaboration that served to collapse the boundaries of a gendered body as they relate to these surgeries; and conversation that complicated the very notion of a counter-narrative in service of greater things lost and now gained."

                                                                                                            - Award winning artist, Case Joynt

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Garry Williamz Delightz Crowdz with Show Tunez at Menz!

 

On behalf of Wayves, I recently sat down with my friend Garry Williams to chat about his regular, and increasingly popular, Saturday night singalong gig, Show Tunez at Menz Bar. For those who don't know Garry, he's the guiding light of DaPoPo Theatre, one of Halifax's queerest and most political theatre troupes. Garry grew up in Germany, which (to me at least) seems an unlikely place to have fallen in love with that most American of genres, the Broadway musical. But that's just what he did. More after the Jump!

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