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Confessions of a Gay Wedding Officiant: For Butter Or Worse

posted Monday, September 25, 2017

by: in Celebrity, Clubs, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

Mark Stenabaugh is an actor, television personality, host and one of the most fabulous wedding officiants you may ever have grace your special day. If you missed the first post about what a wedding officiant is, you can read it here. As the ringmaster of the ceremony, your officiant can make or break your special […]

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Mark Stenabaugh: Confessions of a Wedding Officiant 

posted Wednesday, August 23, 2017

by: in Celebrity, Clubs, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

Mark Stenabaugh is an actor, television personality, host and one of the most fabulous wedding officiants you will ever have grace your special day.  But what’s a wedding officiant you ask? According to Stenabaugh, “I actually don’t think that most couples being married understand the role or importance of the officiant at their ceremony. I […]

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Nikibasika – The Charity That’s Ending Itself And Why That’s a Good Thing

posted Monday, July 10, 2017

by: in Celebrity, Clubs, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

The 1980s and early 1990s were a devastating time for Uganda, Rwanda and Congo, with millions of adults who died during the AIDS epidemic, the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and the sporadic violence that followed for years. Thousands of children were left without family or state support. In 2005, a group of Canadians came across 52 […]

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PRISM’S REVIVAL: Expect A Spectacle – June 25, 2017

posted Friday, June 23, 2017

by: in Celebrity, Clubs, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

With club goers seeking out smaller, more intimate venues to party, the PRISM Festival is a testament to Gairy Brown’s strength as a promoter. This long-standing line-up of events includes PEEP SHOW, AQUA, BOOTCAMP, RESIST and the infamous afterparty, REVIVAL where you can witness Toronto’s legendary Sofonda Cox’s jaw-dropping performaces. According to Sofonda, “Expect a […]

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Trans Pride: A Display of Solidarity Like Never Before

posted Friday, June 16, 2017

by: in Celebrity, Clubs, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

With B-C16 having passed into full legislation on June 15th, 2017, adding gender identity or expression to the Canadian Human Rights Act, this year’s Trans Pride events in Toronto will make for more reason for everyone to celebrate. This year’s Grand Marshal is Maybella, who is Pottawtomi Ojbway and identifies as two-spirit. Maybella serves the community in many capacities, including […]

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Montreal’s Sandy Duperval performs at Toronto’s INSPIRE Awards June 2, 2017

posted Friday, May 19, 2017

by: in Celebrity, Clubs, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

Sandy Duperval is a Montreal native now living in Toronto. She’s been through a lot and it shows in who she is a singer and a person. With training from Whitney Houston’s mom, Sandy originally signed with DJ Records (which later went bankrupt), she’s performed at Rhythm Nation and then in 2004, was a Star […]

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Building A Network Through LGBT Giving

posted Wednesday, April 26, 2017

by: in Celebrity, Clubs, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

“My hope is that through greater awareness about our philanthropic sector and by strengthening our community’s non-profits we can create a more connected and healthier community for all.” –Phillip Wong Philip has worked in the LGBTQ sector for more than 15 years and as much as he’s seen things improve, he notes that there is […]

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A Touching Film About LGBTQ Aging: Older Than What?

posted Friday, April 7, 2017

by: in Celebrity, Clubs, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

Toronto performer, writer and filmmaker Steen Starr has finished “Older Than What?”, a charming and thought-provoking short film in which Twelve seniors respond to ten questions about aging. The first official public screening will be at QFest in St. Louis, March 29 – April 2, as part of the Queer Voices Shorts Program, and there’s hope […]

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ALDIA: A World Where Gender Is Meaningless

posted Friday, March 24, 2017

by: in Celebrity, Clubs, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

Wyvern is a kids book by author Kyle McGiverin, featuring illustrations by trans artist Toby Medeiros. The story is as much about a kids journey through the world of Aldia as it is about visibility. I interviewed Kyle about the book and his personal experiences with the trans community. Raymond: How much of your own childhood is […]

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WE THREE QUEENS of (dis)Orient Are

posted Monday, March 13, 2017

by: in Celebrity, Clubs, Comedy, Drag, Events, Featured Events, Music, New York City, Pride, Queer, Toronto

A broke writer and his rent-boy lover move in with a scrappy old widow and discover that inter-generational living is anything but easy. Based on the article in GUTS Magazine, We Three Queens show creator’s Michael Young and Tom Cable Rees were inspired to turn their story into a web series and share the eccentricities of such […]

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