Trigger Warning: We have paraphrased some of the details out of respect for our readers and the right to privacy of some of those involved, including Raymond. Any redactions, paraphrases, or comments are indicated by square brackets [ ]. Please note that even with these redactions and paraphrases, this document may be upsetting. While the basic facts are widely known, the devil is in the detail.
"The picture the mind's eye creates when combining the titles of "Reverend" and "Bereavement Coordinater" is unlikely to match the lively and entertaining Roy Ellis. A self-described "motorcyclist, writer, and spiritual counsellor", he cuts a roguish, swashbuckling figure. Yet he is acutely acutely aware of the fragility of life. “I work in bereavement. Every day I see people die.' ”
When: Sunday March 13, 2:00 PM. Where: 2615 Northwood Terrace, Halifax, and take an elevator up to P, the, the Penthouse (with one of the best views in the city).
"The Crown introduces the first video, a security tape from Menz Bar. ... it’s clear that we’ll be shown the closing (carefree?) moments of Raymond’s life.Defence Attorney David Mahoney stands and in a quiet voice identifies the people in the bar, the bartender, Raymond —“in a white shirt” ... His white shirt flickers like a candle. ... Then suddenly that flickering white shirt is moving; up onto the dance floor with ... There is no questioning the identity of that gangling, long armed dancer. It’s Raymond, as so many of us have so often seen him, exuberant, joyful, dancing. It takes my breath away."
Last week the newly elected NSRAP Board held the first meeting of 2015-16 and elected a new Executive. The 2015-2016 Executive is:
- Chair: Rebecca Rose
- Vice Chair: Emily Davidson
- Treasurer: Frankie Bezanson
- Secretary: Owen Johnstone
- Member at Large: Susanne Litke
- Past Chair: Adam Myatt
NSRAP Board Members at Large (elected at the May Annual General Meeting):
By Daniel MacKay
On June 7, I attended the Halifax Unity Mosque congregational salat, or worship, at the invitation of one of the LGBT members who knew I was interested.
"Halifax Pride 2015 is thrilled to announce their upcoming fundraiser featuring Mama Tits on June 6, 2015 at The Lord Nelson. ... The One and Only Mama Tits, Seattle's Skyscraper Hostess, is the creation of Brian D. Peters, who has been in and around the theatre world since the age of five."
The Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project (NSRAP) will hold its annual May 17: International Day Against Homophobia & transphobia rally on Thursday, May 21, in the plaza in front of the Halifax Central Library.
Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi told us, "A world without homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia is a place where people respect each other's differences. Where life decisions are a private matter not judged by unconcerned others."
Leigh Ann van der Merwe, a trans woman from South Africa, shared: "In a world without transphobia ... [everyone] will understand gender in all its diversity beyond the binary of male and female. I will live in a world where the healthcare system offers gender responsive healthcare, and be appointed to or declined for an employment opportunity based on my competence, and not my gender identity".
UPDATE: TONIGHT'S SCREENING SOLD OUT! "From the old pros like Bill Nigh (a master class in eyebrow acting!) and the always exceptional Imelda Staunton and Paddy Considine, to the fine work from the younger cast, including Ben Schnetzer and Andrew Sullivan (Moriarty on Sherlock); from Stephen Beresford’s tender but snappy script to a fab queer 80s soundtrack and some diva disco moves from Dominic West, Pride is pure cinematic delight."
- Hugo Dann