posted by Wayves volunteer 2016-10-12
By Malcolm Norton
October 7, 2016
I attended the Pride AGM and I have a very different view from most of the posts I have read. The one article duplicated and published by every media outlet from CBC to C.H. to Metro and the admittedly biased report published on the Halifax Examiner do not tell the whole story.
" “#StraightWhitePride Wins Again”
The short version of what happened at the Halifax Pride Society’s AGM is that cisgendered straight people organized to vote down motions by LGBTQ+ people, leading to the walkout of most of the BIPOC (Black/Indigenous/People of Colour) community and many members of the Queer and Trans community."
- El Jones
"Several weeks back, I also posted the call for submissions to the 2017 festival. Until October 3rd, Queer Acts is seeking submissions of live performance with queer themes and content. Comedy, drama, professional, emerging, cabaret, musical theatre, puppetry, clown, multimedia, storytelling, and stand-up are all welcome."
"In How Do I Love Thee?, Florence Gibson Macdonald has created a rich and passionate love story that arcs the role that addiction plays in artistic expression and inspiration. Focusing on a fictionalized retelling of the whirlwind romance between poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barratt-Browning, Gibson folds humour, hope, and passion into this love story about two driven artists. At its core, it is a play about love in all of its forms."
"[Adam Myatt] reminds me a bit of Woody Allen circa 'Annie Hall' in how he nurtures his neuroses, but Allen on qualudes. ... Oddly, it's probably be the perfect show for a first date!" ... "Kevin Hartford's queer credentials are rock solid. However in Tunnel of Love he's taking a stab at hetero rom com, or is he? Is there such a genre as existential, romantic comedy?"
Scrolling through the program of the Atlantic Fringe Festival, only a handful of shows that are specifically LGBTQ-related. If one looks a little deeper one will find several plays written ny queer artists or featuring queer performances. As we approach the final weekend, Wayves to highlight the shows we know about. If you're a Fringe artist and you identfy as LGBTQ, and we've missed your show. please let us know, and we'll expand the list!
I’m running is because I think the stars have aligned and we have a real opportunity for change. We’ve got a federal and provincial government that are talking to each other. The Conservatives would never meet with the provinces on health care or anything else. Nobody was communicating. Now there’s been a shift in municipal government towards housing, I feel there’s an amazing opportunity in the next two to four years, If we don’t maximize that opportunity who knows when it’s going to come around again, when all three governments can align on health care, housing, and transportation.
"In 1999, ... Jim wrote Wayves a precise and robustly logical letter telling us to pull up our socks, produce a decent publication, and act more like a business. He soon convinced Wayves that we needed him, designed his own job, set his own pay scale, and begun putting the magazine in the black, every month, for almost fifteen years, until we stopped print publication. Jim worked tirelessly to maintain the magazine on a solid financial footing, making it an essentialresource for the LGBT community in Atlantic Canada. Jim was a fierce advocate for the LGBT Community. In addition to his work for Wayves, in the 1990s, he served on the Board of Directors of the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia and was involved in MAC Leather."
"For all his bite, he never comes across as cruel. Even when he made squirm, lampooning a pompous theatre artiste (in two centuries!!) although it hit close to home, I had to laugh. He makes it safe to laugh, and that takes skill as much as talent. No matter how savagely he rips into his targets, he's every bit as hard on himself, and his comedic neuroses are bravely on disply. Through it all he remains essentially a nice gay guy from small town Alberta. By the bye, apropos of nothing (except how damn good this show is), I laughed pretty much non-stop from the opening voiceover to the final bow."
"And is it ever Queer! Nothing short of a relentless, singing-dancing, full frontal, technicolour assault, replete with queer cultural references from Harry Hay’s Radical Faeries to hippy drag queens, the Coquettes and Lindsay Kemp from Bel Canto to The B52s and even Frazer’s The Golden Bough. Hovering over it all the is spirit of David Bowie circa the divine Ziggy, giving a fake onstage blow-job to Mick Ronson. As fun as all these references (real or imagined) may be, Castrati is in and of itself a delightful romp, set to wild song, with hallucinatory projections that range from the ridiculous to the sublimely beautiful.. HIghly recommended!"