If we are to see something other than a dismal repeat of history for our trans* sisters and brothers, we need to remind our governments that, hand-in-hand with any equal rights legislation, there must be policy initiatives and education. We can start by writing to our provincial Human Rights Commissions and our provincial education ministers.
"A rainbow poster with Raymond’s image was created last year and is still seen throughout the city. If you do not have a flag to hang on Wednesday, April 17th, you are encouraged to visit Venus Envy at 1598 Barrington Street or The Youth Project during office hours at 2281 Brunswick Street where you can pick up a free copy of this poster."
"Dead Dreams of Monochrome Men explores interwoven notions of loneliness, desire and trust. Founded upon the conviction that societal homophobia often results in tragic consequences, the work grapples with the disturbing forces that drove Nilsen to kill for company. Raw, rhythmic and powerful, DDMM loads the screen with muscular tension and desire."
"But I'm sad to see it all end, something you put your heart and soul into. But, everything has to come to an end! We had fun, doing it. We had a lot of great people. It's always fun, to see people to see people laughing, and enjoying themselves."
"The best I can say about Tournament of Lies, a new play by Evan Brown, is that it generated a lot of discussion, post performance, as my partner and I discussed what it was all about. And that is a good thing in my book, that the questions it raised about life, how we live it, how we leave it and all the in-betweens ... There were moments when golden nuggets of insight and delight were exposed from the ground of life, but they were were lost amid the detritus of clichés. It is worth going to just to pick up these nuggets."
"It's an honour just to be nominated!" Or so the saying goes. For just over a decade, Nova Scotia’s theatrical community has been gathering annually in Halifax to put that saying to the test. On March 25 at Casino Nova Scotia, awards will be handed out for the best work presented on stage in 2012. As in other years, a number of LGBTQ artists and queer-themed plays have been nominated.
"The new Pope, as world leader, remains a popular influence and if he chooses to be inclusive and rules with love instead of intolerance, many of the ills will disappear. But the Pope Benedict XVI was not a friend to the queer community."
"Helen Kennedy, Egale's Executive Director, said, 'Today’s vote represents a significant step toward recognizing and affirming the equality rights of trans and gender variant people in Canada ... This is a huge step forward, and the onus now falls to the Senate to ensure that we as a country continue to move forward in our commitment to human rights. The Senate must take all measures necessary to ensure swift passage of this vital piece of legislation.' ”
Wayves is pleased to report that MPS from all four Atlantic provinces voted across party lines in favour of Bill C-279, adding Gender Identity protections to Canada's Human Rights Act and Criminal Code. The Bill now goes to The Senate for ratification.
"From 1978 to 1983, hundreds of people carried Turret social membership cards in their wallets, and the memory of that first community-controlled lesbian and gay space has acquired mythic qualities, becoming a powerful vehicle for local Queer identity, invested with community pride.”