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From Toronto’s East End to New York’s East Village, join Raymond Helkio as he goes behind the scenes and into the closets of our community’s most beloved queers, delivering an uncensored journey into their alter egos .

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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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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Getting Freaky with Ben & Glen

posted Friday, February 3, 2017

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

Do you remember the drag trio The Fabulous Freaks? Imperial Court of Toronto honourees Amanda, Sylvia and Felicia (aka Glen, Ben, and Mark) could turn any room into an instant party that was as classy as they could be trashy, making a name for themselves for fifteen years until 2010 when Felicia passed away at […]

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Alec Butler’s “Rough Paradise” – Living Life Shamelessly

posted Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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

Can you tell if a painting is a work of fiction? Can you spot a non-fiction sculpture? What about theatre, do you know when it’s based on reality? And if reality is subjective, does it even matter? Could reality be whatever we take away from an experience? This combination of fact and fiction, what author Alec […]

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Catching Up With Amanda Roberts

posted Saturday, January 7, 2017

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

Amanda Roberts will be celebrating 50 years of age this July and she’s done it all; Pride stages, Miss Canada Continental, fundraisers galore, including the Queens Cares for The 519, The Monster in NYC, and working on Queer As Folk. Her local shows have included Crews & Tango, Woody’s/Sailor, and the roving French space Tapette, where she performed at […]

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