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    WEEKLY ROUND UP: JUNE 24

    June 24th, 2016     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

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    Music issue out now!

    June 23rd, 2016     by Sheila Sampath     Comments

    Our music issue has hit the stands! Check out our editor’s letter, with notes from our Youth Advisory Board! READ MORE

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    Pulse Nightclub and the Queer Agenda: Love

    June 22nd, 2016     by deb singh     Comments

    Content Warning: References to Orlando Pulse Nightclub massacre. I think I know why U.S. and Canadian media outlets need to call the Orlando Pulse Nightclub massacre, the “the deadliest shooting in U.S. history, with 50 (sic) people killed, 53 others injured and the gunman dead in a shootout”. Because America loves violence. To read more about what went down. Hear me out: They actually love it. I recently read a post that said that guns are part of American … READ MORE

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    A Tale of Two Doctors

    June 20th, 2016     by Denise Reich     Comments

    Monday: I’m waiting to see one of my specialists. He has the results of my pulmonary function tests in my file, but never shares them with me. He actually has to be reminded to compare my new PFTs to the previous ones. If I ask him for numbers, he’s evasive. His techs tell me they’ve been instructed not to give patients their data. His office claims that they can’t give my medical records directly to me, which is a violation of both USA and state law. READ MORE

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    WEEKLY ROUND UP: JUNE 20

    June 20th, 2016     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

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    Redefining ballet: A queer feminist introduction

    June 20th, 2016     by Andi Schwartz     Comments

    It had been a long February. I had powered my way through all three seasons of Dance Academy on Netflix in a single week. This voracious pace might explain why I couldn’t stop thinking about ballet. A few weeks later, at the age of 26, I bought the little pink shoes, tied my hair in a bun, and stepped to the barre for the first time. In those first weeks of “Ballet for Absolute Beginners,” I … READ MORE

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    A Lack of Trust In Institutions: Empty Actions vs Real Understanding

    June 15th, 2016     by Jenna MacKay     Comments

    At 10:30 on Monday morning I was notified that the door to our classroom was locked, and that I could “feel free to prepare [my] belongings for an evacuation.” We were told that a suspicious person wearing a mask and carrying a gun was spotted near our building. The campus was partially closed, and an emergency was declared. The building across the street was officially “closed,” with students, faculty and staff locked inside. The University of … READ MORE

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    Women Deliver, but we can deliver more for all women

    June 14th, 2016     by Natasha Leite     Comments

    From May 16-19, Copenhagen held the largest conference on sexual and reproductive health rights and the advancement of the rights for women and girls in the last decade. Women Deliver gathered 5763 activists, educators, journalists, academics and others to discuss our new development framework (the Sustainable Development Goals) and some of the main issues women and girls are facing today. Hundreds of speakers - from Hilary Clinton, Muhammad Yunus, Ban-ki Moon to the Crown Princesses of … READ MORE

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    WEEKLY ROUND UP: JUNE 10

    June 10th, 2016     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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    If…Not When

    June 9th, 2016     by Denise Reich     Comments

    I recently attended a public event intended to foster body positivism and self-esteem. Several brave and powerful speakers shared their experiences, insights and perspectives with the crowd. However, one presentation by a young woman made my spirits drop within three sentences. “I was worried,” she said, in a voice that promised gloom and doom, “that I was going to be single. Forever.” She paused dramatically. “With lots of cats.” READ MORE

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    Solo Flight: Why self-publishing is empowering

    June 7th, 2016     by Denise Reich     Comments

    Late last year, my memoir about working on Broadway – aptly titled Front of House – made its debut. It is a hybrid of sorts: the electronic book was released by a traditional publisher; the print version was self-published. Both editions came out within a few weeks of each other and are linked on Amazon, Goodreads and my own website. READ MORE

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    WEEKLY ROUND UP: JUNE 6

    June 6th, 2016     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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    Never Again Again

    June 1st, 2016     by Natasha Leite     Comments

    Content warning: this post discusses sexual violence. This platform intends to create safe spaces, so we want people to engage with the subject matter without unintentionally exposing you to anything that could be triggering or painful. Rage, anger and indignation have flooded social media in Brazil in the aftermath of one crime that shocked us to the core. 33 men raped a 16-year old in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and shared their crime on social media. … READ MORE

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    Seven rights for social media users

    May 30th, 2016     by Denise Reich     Comments

    How did you come across this blog? If you’re like a lot of readers, you found your way here from a link on Twitter, Facebook or another social media outlet. It goes without saying that social media fuels many of our day to day interpersonal activities, and many of us spend a fair portion of our time checking in with our accounts. As we navigate cyberspace, though, it’s important to remember that we have the right to decide how we use social media. READ MORE

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    WEEKLY ROUND UP: MAY 27

    May 27th, 2016     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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    Inside Out Reviews Part 3

    May 26th, 2016     by Michelle Schwartz     Comments

    For more than two decades, Inside Out has brought Toronto’s LGBT community together in celebration of the best queer film from Canada and around the world. The Inside Out Film Festival runs from May 26 to June 5. Tickets for all screenings are $11 for students with ID and $10 for youth under 18. Youth under 25 can attend all weekday screenings before 6:00PM for free. Part 2 of our series on Inside Out reviews Southwest of Salem and Oriented. READ MORE

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    Inside Out Reviews Part 2

    May 25th, 2016     by Nish Israni     Comments

    For more than two decades, Inside Out has brought Toronto’s LGBT community together in celebration of the best queer film from Canada and around the world. The Inside Out Film Festival runs from May 26 to June 5. Tickets for all screenings are $11 for students with ID and $10 for youth under 18. Youth under 25 can attend all weekday screenings before 6:00PM for free. Part 2 of our series on Inside Out reviews Major and Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things. READ MORE

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    Inside Out Reviews Part 1

    May 24th, 2016     by Abby Plener     Comments

    For more than two decades, Inside Out has brought Toronto’s LGBT community together in celebration of the best queer film from Canada and around the world. The Inside Out Film Festival runs from May 26 to June 5. Tickets for all screenings are $11 for students with ID and $10 for youth under 18. Youth under 25 can attend all weekday screenings before 6:00PM for free. Part 1 of our series on Inside Out reviews Hurricane Bianca and Kiki. READ MORE

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    WEEKLY ROUND UP: MAY 20

    May 20th, 2016     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

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    the small distance between losing you and losing myself (and keeping us both for good)

    May 19th, 2016     by Anonymous Blogger     Comments

    Writer’s Note: This post contains discussion of abusive family dynamics, suicidal ideation, death, and losing a parent to a terminal illness. Please take care while reading. My dad was diagnosed with cancer on March 16 2016, and passed away on May 2nd the same year. I originally wrote this piece in April, a few weeks before his death. I am the baby of my family. My mother, dad, and sister emigrated from India to Canada years before … READ MORE

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