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[NEWS] Five LGBTQ links: sober queer spaces, hockey, recovering history, Ed Koch, Pride

  • Them writes about the importance of queer spaces like coffee shops where people can gather while being sober.
  • Folio links to a fascinating study examining why professional hockey players have not come out, and what might make them do so.
  • JSTOR Daily reports on the fascinating process of recovering black queer history through researching articles in sensationalist magazines.
  • Hornet Stories describes the fascinating, disastrous history of closeted New York City mayor Ed Koch.
  • A controversy over the headlining of Ariana Grande at 2019 Manchester Pride led to a debate to questions of queer representation on Pride stages. Global News reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links: 1 Yorkville, Davenport Village, Meridian, homelessness, Pride, art

  • Urban Toronto notes that 1 Yorkville is nearing completion.
  • Urban Toronto notes the plans for the massive redevelopment of Davenport Village, north and west of Dupont and Lansdowne.
  • The Sony Centre is now going to be called Meridian Hall, thanks to the Ontario credit union of the same name buying the name rights. blogTO reports.
  • This story of a tenant who was deprived heating by her landlords’ neglect is appalling. I hope things get fixed quickly for her. Global News reports.
  • Declan Keogh reports in NOW Toronto that the funding problems of Pride Toronto are linked to the police ban enacted in 2016.
  • This Nicholas Hune-Brown feature at Toronto Life about the crisis of homelessness in Toronto is terribly compelling in sharing these stories.
  • This Toronto Life feature on the installations on the seventh floor of the Hudson’s Bay makes this place very visit-worthy.

[NEWS] Five LGBTQ links: Atlanta. My.Kali, cross-dressing, Glennda Orgasm, Pride Toronto

  • This Guardian Cities article asks, rhetorically, if the LGBTQ community of Atlanta has a problem with racism.
  • VICE tells the story of pioneering Jordan-based LGBT magazine My.Kali, the first in its country.
  • Taylor Hosking at VICE writes about how cross-dressing on Hallowe’en, for her as a queer cis black woman, was a perhaps unexpectedly powerful experience.
  • Mark Simpson praises Glennda Orgasm, the drag journalist persona of his friend Glenn Belverio. Is it time for her to come back?
  • Florence Ashley argues at NOW Toronto that Pride Toronto is too corporatized to be salvaged, and that it would be best to start fresh.

[NEWS] Five LGBTQ links: #ScienceDaddy, Tumblr, Pride Toronto, Canadian Pride Citation, SF leather

  • them interviews</u. Troy Lee Hudson, the engineer working on NASA’s InSight Mars who has gone viral as #ScienceDaddy, letting him talk about Mars and about being an out scientist.
  • Stefanie Duguay at The Conversation writes about how the new Tumblr ban on NSFW content will harm young LGBTQ people, by depriving them of community and information.
  • Rinaldo Walcott at Daily Xtra makes the case for downsizing Pride Toronto to better fit community needs and desires.
  • The Canadian federal government has created a new Canada Pride Citation, available to present and past LGBTQ employees of the federal government, including many who were persecuted for their sexual orientation. Global News reports.
  • them reports on how gentrification in the leather community in San Francisco impacts the wider city.

[NEWS] Five LGBT links: Freddie Mercury, Carly Rae Jepsen, Craig Russell, Toronto police, Pride

  • This Daily Xtra article makes the case for Freddie Mercury as a radical, queer, brown icon.
  • This CBC Arts article features six men talking about why Carly Rae Jepsen can claim such a strong fanbase in queer audiences.
  • CBC Arts reintroduces readers to Canada’s first drag superstar, Craig Russell.
  • Carolyn Strange at The Conversation looks at the background, recent and otherwise, behind tensions between Toronto LGBTQ communities and the police, rooted in the neglect and outright criminality of the police.
  • Dorianne Emmerton at Daily Xtra argues that the Pride Toronto organization may be coming to a natural end, as its financial dependency on politicized funding means that it can no longer speak to the needs of queer and trans communities.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Port Lands, High Park beer, #tunnelofglam, Toronto Pride, refugees

  • The project of building a new river valley in the Port Lands, at the mouth of the Don, is a breathtakingly bold vision. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The High Park Zoo will be getting its own brand of beer. (Will the capybaras feature? One hopes.) blogTO reports.
  • Toronto will be getting a sparkling tunnel at Yonge and St. Clair, Instagram-ready already with the hashtag #tunnelofglam picked out. blogTO reports.
  • Kristyn Wong-Tam writes at NOW Toronto about why now might be time for Toronto Pride, to ensure its independence and security from threats, to break free from restrictive funding sources.
  • Perhaps 40% of the people making use of Toronto shelters for the homeless are refugees or asylum claimants, a new report suggests. CBC reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: shadow, rent control, police at Pride, #InfinityAGO, Hearn

  • As the skyline of Toronto grows higher, an increasingly large number of people are finding themselves having to deal with being in permanent shadow. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Stefan Novakovic at Urban Toronto writes about how rent control makes sense for all classes of renters, here.
  • Tim McCaskell at NOW Toronto asks why the police is so insistent on getting into the Toronto Pride parade.
  • NOW Toronto reports on the state of the AGO’s fundraising for a Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirror room.
  • The Hearn, a precious public resource, was sold to a film company for a mere $C 16 million. blogTO reports.

[NEWS] FIve LGBTQ links: Pride in Antarctica, Marvel, Edmonton, movies, HIV/AIDS

  • National Geographic let us know that, this year, Pride was celebrated around the world, even in Antarctica.
  • What was the gayest Marvel movie to date? I do think Thor: Ragnarok has a good claim, myself. Vulture ranks them.
  • Daily Xtra notes how queer rights–specifically, the rights of students–became a big political issue in Edmonton.
  • The stories of the first movies to come out in the 1980s dealing with the AIDS crisis do need to be told. The Guardian reports.
  • I entirely agree with the opinion of this Advocate writer that we need to think smartly about HIV/AIDS, especially in light of continuing technologies and new safer-sex techniques like PrEP.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 30, 2018 at 6:00 pm

[CAT] Shakespeare, looking fabulous for Pride

Shakespeare, looking fabulous for Pride #toronto #dovercourtvillage #shakespeare #caturday #catstagram #catsofinstagram #pride #beads

Written by Randy McDonald

June 23, 2018 at 8:45 am

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Metrolinx, police and Pride, Freeman Formalwear,, BMO, Bentway

  • Steve Munro reports on the latest report about upcoming Metrolinx stations.
  • Understandably, the Church and Wellesley serial killer investigation is making the efforts of Toronto police to march in Pride problematic. (As it should.) The Globe and Mail reports.
  • blogTO notes that the old Freeman Formalwear building on 556 Yonge, just below Wellesley, has been demolished following a fire.
  • The Bank of Montreal is going to transform a huge chunk of the old Sears store in the Eaton Centre, southwest of Yonge and Dundas, into an urban campus employing thousands. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The Bentway, underneath the Gardiner, is set to become a public art space. The Globe and Mail reports.