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[NEWS] Five LGBTQ links: crime, Church and Wellesley, politics, Cape Breton, flannel

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  • The vigil that Toronto’s Metropolitan Community Church is holding tonight for the victims of the Church and Wellesley serial killer sounds necessary, meaningful. CBC reports.
  • Vjosa Isai reported yesterday about a string of unsolved murders committed against gay men in the late 1970s in Toronto. I’m impressed; this is the first time I’ve come across mention of these victims since I read their names in digitized copies of the Body Politic. The article is at the Toronto Star.
  • The confidence of John Ibbitson that Church and Wellesley’s LGBTQ identity will remain fixed is bracing. The Globe and Mail has it.
  • The refusal of Cape Breton Regional Municipality Mayor Cecil Clarke to accept being blackmailed and to instead come it is good news, an item that made international headlines, for instance at Queerty.
  • Is flannel tired as a lesbian signifier? I wonder. Thoughts? VICE starts a discussion.

[PHOTO] Thirteen photos from The Body: Physique and Fashion, at the Museum at FIT (@museumatfit)

The Megabus drop-off point in Manhattan happens to be just outside the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology at West 27th and 7th. I had actually visited the place in 2012, and thought this location a good omen, so I popped inside.

The Body: Fashion and Physique, running until May, examines the ways in which fashion designers have traditionally tried to make the human body malleable for their fashions. The displayed clothing has an emphasis on how more recent designers are trying to be more inclusive of body diversity, or at least on the appearance of this tendency of late. (Featuring the famous Christian Siriano dress worn by Leslie Jones was a great idea!)

"The Body: Fashion and Physique" #newyorkcity #newyork #museumatfit #fashionandphysique #pamphlet #latergram

Martin Margiela tunic #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #museumatfit #fashionandphysique #martinmargiela #tunic #latergram

Silk brocade #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #museumatfit #fashionandphysique #bodice #latergram #silk #brocade

Men and women's dress of the Regency #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #fashion #museumatfit #fashionandphysique #regency #latergram

Formal tight-waisted dress in white #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #fashion #museumatfit #fashionandphysique #latergram

Victorian dresses with bustles #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #fashion #museumatfit #fashionandphysique #latergram

Corsets #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #fashion #museumatfit #fashionandphysique #corset #latergram

Early 20th century, including the Liberty of London #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #fashion #museumatfit #fashionandphysique #libertyoflondon #corset #latergram

Mid-20th century American #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #fashion #museumatfit #fashionandphysique #latergram

Men's fashion including the clone look #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #fashion #museumatfit #fashionandphysique #clone #gay #lgbtq #latergram

Perry Ellis and Issey Miyake #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #fashion #museumatfit #fashionandphysique #perryellis #isseymiyake #oversize #latergram

Dresses, including that of Leslie Jones #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #fashion #museumatfit #fashionandphysique #lesliejones #christiansiriano #latergram

Technological garments #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #fashion #museumatfit #fashionandphysique #gracejun #jacket #lucyjones #shirt #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

January 21, 2018 at 9:45 am

[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto links: computer dating, real estate, Canoe Landing, Christian Dior

  • Spacing’s Chris Bateman has an amusing piece about Toronto’s first experiments with computer dating, in 1957.
  • Edward Keenan makes the case that Toronto should prepare for the consequences of the housing market finally tanking, over at the Toronto Star.
  • blogTO notes an impressive design for a new multi-function community centre down at Canoe Landing.
  • Michelle Da Silva describes, at NOW Toronto, what looks like a spectacular exhibit of the works of Christian Dior at the ROM.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait notes the discovery of Ross 128 b, a nearby exoplanet that looks like it actually might be plausibly very Earth-like.
  • blogTO notes that, after a decade, the east entrance of the Royal Ontario Museum is finally going to be an entrance again.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly talks about the importance of self-care, of making time to experience pleasure.
  • Crooked Timber shares some of the 1871 etchings of Gustave Doré, fresh from the Paris Commune.
  • Daily JSTOR notes how one man’s collection of old tin cans tells a remarkable story about the settlement of the United States.
  • Dangerous Minds shares a vintage 1980 television report on the Los Angeles punk scene.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes a recent study of chemical abundances around Kronos and Krios, two very similar stars near each other, these abundances suggesting they are just forming planetary systems.
  • Gizmodo shares a revealing new table of exoplanets, one that brings out all sorts of interesting patterns and types.
  • Hornet Stories notes Courtney Love’s efforts to fundraise for LGBTQ homeless youth.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Margaret Court, an Australian tennis star now more famous for her homophobia, called for Australia to ignore the postal vote for marriage equality.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money makes the point that Trump’s Russian links are important to explore, not least because they reveal the spreading influence of kleptocracy.
  • Lingua Franca shares a perhaps over-stereotypical take on languages being caught between drives for purity and for diversity.
  • The LRB Blog notes the murder of Honduran environmental activist Berta Cácares.
  • The Map Room Blog links to an interesting collection of links to future and alternate-history mass transit maps of Melbourne.
  • The NYR Daily links to an interesting exhibit about disposable fashion like the simple T-shirt.
  • Roads and Kingdoms notes a remarkable performance of a Beatles song in the hill country of West Bengal.

[NEWS] Four links about LGBTQ culture: Pansy Craze, drag in Toronto, Michael Sharkey, Matt Cain

  • This article looks at the amazing queer parties that were major nightlife features in the 1930s US. The Guardian reports.
  • City News looks at how drag queens are becoming high-demand performers in RuPaul-era Toronto.
  • Ruth La Ferla shares a stunning contemporary photo exhibit by Michael Sharkey of the fashion of out queer youths. The New York Times reports.
  • A new gay-themed novel by Matt Cain is going to get crowdfunded after being rejected by traditional publisher as “too gay”. The Guardian reports.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 6, 2017 at 8:00 pm

[NEWS] Six LGBTQ links: United States, Egypt, nu disco, Patrick Kelly, Alan Cumming, Will & Grace

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Crooked Timber’s John Quiggin considers imaginable ways to get carbon dioxide in the atmosphere down to 350 ppm by 2100.
  • Karen Sternheimer at the Everyday Sociology Blog considers the tenuous nature of the upper-middle class in America. How is downwards mobility to be avoided, even here?
  • Imageo shows the growth of a sunspot larger than the Earth.
  • Language Hat shares the story of how Manchu script came to be.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that the working poor need protection from arbitrary and always-changing work schedules.
  • The LRB Blog notes the geopolitical scramble at the Horn of Africa, starting with bases in Djibouti.
  • The NYR Daily engages with an intriguing exhibition about the relationship between Henry James and paintings, and painting.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw engages with the classic 1937 Australian film, Lovers and Luggers.
  • Noel Maurer at The Power and the Money notes that one benefit of the trend towards greater informality in fashion is that time has been freed up, especially for women.
  • Peter Rukavina writes about his new Instagram account, hosting his various sketches.
  • Unicorn Booty notes the continuing problems with Germany’s adoption laws for same-sex couples.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy looks at how the Polish president saved the independence of Poland’s courts with his veto.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Russia is trying to mobilize the ethnic Russians of Lithuania, finally.