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January 29 News Bytes

This is a regular column for Q Atlantic Canadian news items that we can't do full articles about. If you hear of any Q happenings that deserve a little or a lot of light shone on them, email us!

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History Lesson: Queer Bestiary by George Mazzei and Gerard Donelan in the July 1979 Advocate. Only "Bears" has stuck. Scroll down here for the full bestiary. 

Out skater Amber Glenn has won the U.S.A. figure skating gold in the notoriously closeted figure skating world.  Article in Outsports here.

Atlantic Canada

Wayves is once again publishing the big Atlantic Canada Pride Schedule. It's a button at the top of the main page,

Margot Metcalfe has written a short piece about the people involved in a project in the early 1990s to educate healthcare workers about caring for people with HIV It's published here in the Halifax Rainbow Encyclopedia.

"Seeking Racialized Queer Individuals in Nova Scotia for a documentary about being queer in NS," reads the Facebook post, "We would like to hear from multi cultural queer people to discuss their experience in Nova Scotia. Join our female and queer-led, documentary team, to share your unique experiences! We approach interviews with sensitivity, prioritizing privacy and comfort— for those not living their true identity. Faces can be distorted for discretion. Your story matters." Contact them via FB Messenger.

Queer Hockey Nova Scotia was in the news last week after announcing the formation of an inclusive hockey league.   Get more news, get involved, see some media clips at their website. Photo: Nora Renick-Rinehart, left, Jay McKellar, centre, and David Lewis of Queer Hockey Nova Scotia at the Halifax Pride Cup last summer. Photo by David Lewis.

Two-Spirt & Trans Women's Capacity & Wellness Retreat March 1-3, in Baddeck, NS. $75 per person includes accommodations & meals, capacity development/training, gender affirming care, 2spirt health and wellness, yoga/meditation, journalling, reiki/reflexology, and Wabanaki cultural activities.  To register, for more information email Candice Sylliboy.


Prince Edward Island

Cameron Cassidy
Cameron Cassidy

Pride PEI has a new Exec Director: welcome Cameron Cassidy (she/her). "Cameron brings a wealth of performance, production, administrative and community leadership experience from Charlottetown's vibrant queer arts scene," says the organization, "Her diverse background in arts, business, and non-profit makes her an exciting addition to Pride PEI, ready to further elevate and celebrate the Island's 2SLGBTQIA+ community."





Charlottetown Police just announced they have arrested one of two suspects in the 1988 murder of gay man Bryan Carr. Charlottetown police chief Brad MacConnell described Carr as a loving son, brother and friend as well as "a respected teacher and a good neighbour." Carr was strangled to death with a towel in his home on Lapthorne Avenue in the early morning hours of Nov. 11, 1988, and his body was eventually discovered with multiple stab wounds. Police have long said they believe Carr had consensual sex with a young man he brought home, and presumed that person was his killer. Gallant was 21 years old at the time.


Newfoundland & Labrador

St John's Queer Book Club meets at the Octagon Library, Friday, January 26th 8-9pm.  Register here

 St John's Pride is seeking feedback for future Pride festivals. Their survey is here.

New Brunswick

Saint John Pride has announced their 2024 Board of Directors: President - Alex Saunders (they/them); Vice President - Eric Savoie (he/him); Treasurer - Matt Mitton (he/him); Secretary - Vivian Myers-Jones (she/her); Member at Large - Yuhaunna Wright (she/her), and their dates: August 9 - August 18.


Nova Scotia

(Halifax Below)

The soon-to-be-renamed AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia (ACNS) is holding a raffle to win a pair of tickets, valued at $250 to Mandy Patinkin’s “Being Alive” concert April 4 at the Dalhousie Arts Centre and meet Patinkin backstage in person! The concert will feature his favourite Broadway and classic American songs and afterwards you'll also go back stage to meet the Emmy and Tony winner. This raffle draw will take place on February 14, 2024, at 6 p.m. at the ACNS office. All proceeds go to the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia. Click here for more information on the show, and click here to buy the raffle tickets!

South Shore Public Libraries hosts Rainbow Storytime: stories, songs, crafs celebrating the themes of love, individuality, family, and belonging for families of all kinds at the Bridgewater Library, January 27 at 11am.

Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre is hosting Rainbow Swims every other Saturday 6-7pm, and Rainbow Skates on alternating Saturdays, 3 - 4:15pm. All ages welcome. For more information folks can contact them at 902-530-4100, in person at 135 North Park St. or via email at

Want to give Lunenburg County Pride some ideas about the 2024 festival?  Their suggestion form is here!


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Bike Again Halifax is hosting three Winter Bicycle Maintenance For 2SLGBTQI++ Folk hands-on workshops on February 19, March 4th, and March 18th.  Find the events with this icon on the Halifax LocalEvents Board.

HaliHo Events has announced bitch please, a monthly meetup exclusively for Dominant women, femmes, and thems to chat, get to know each other, share resources, and just enjoy each other's company. The first one is 8:15 PM,  31 January, at Jellies, 6250 Quinpool Road, with a $5 suggested donation. From your FetLife account, visit the RSVP link or Info link, or email.

Halifax Mussels 2024 ScheduleHalifax Mussels LGBTQ+ Allies Hockey has started up registration for their Summer Sundays schedule for returning players; new players registration will open later. Click the thumbnail image here for the full 2024 schedule. Register here.

The AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia is planning a big festival for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia. For details in how to get involved, see the Wayves article.


The Halifax Gay Mens' Chorus has been nominated for the East Coast Music Award for their recording, Winter Awakening.  The awards festival will be held in Charlottetown, May 1-5.


Halifax indie pop-rock group Good Dear Good has released their second single, Better.  The band formed out of the Nova Scotia Community College music community.  Better explores the adverse effects of losing one’s sense of self and the fleeting relief of self-medication. Thrusting listeners into the quips of mental illness and the detriments of a lack of provincial mental health resources. Tim Hatcher, of the band, says “Better, to me, is all about the temporary relief one finds through their crutch of choice. And that could be anything. Drugs, alcohol, food, technology, sleep, work. Anything. It’s something that doesn’t directly address the root problem, but rather distracts from it for a short time.”

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