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    Q&A with Edge of East’s Jackie Torrens

    July 18th, 2014     by Anne Thériault     Comments

    Anne Thériault interviews documentary filmmaker Jackie Torrens about her latest work, Edge of East, which airs this Saturday on CBC Maritimes. The film, at its core, is about people who love what they love, whether it’s yodelling, Steampunks, or UFO enthusiasts. READ MORE

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    Review: Elisha Lim’s 100 Crushes

    July 18th, 2014     by deb singh     Comments

    deb singh talks about Elisha Lim’s 100 Crushes, a compilation of five years of comics that show how identity is a fluid, complex, beautiful process. “Lim,” singh writes, “takes real people from our communities and helps us tell our stories, giving us a context in which to start.” READ MORE

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    Mid-Week Round-up: July 16

    July 16th, 2014     by Jessica Hale     Comments

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    Ms Marvel: An Ordinary Superhero

    July 15th, 2014     by Nadia Siu Van     Comments

    What makes Kamala Khan, the new shapeshifting Muslim Ms. Marvel, so widely appealing? The Marvel comic, which debuted in February this year, revolves around a teenage Pakistani-American girl from New Jersey…probably not the mainstream idea of a superhero. As Kamala puts it, everyone expects a Ms. Marvel with blonde hair, spandex and thigh-high boots,“Not a sixteen-year-old brown girl with a 9 PM curfew.” READ MORE

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    Mid-week ROUND UP: JULY 9

    July 9th, 2014     by Jessica Hale     Comments

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    Queering Sex Ed

    July 3rd, 2014     by Jackie Mlotek     Comments

    Jackie Mlotek provides some excellent references for queering sex ed, because when it comes to our ongoing sexual education, we can learn from each other! She writes: “Who knows what teens need to know better than other teens, especially when they’re taught accurate information from other sources?” READ MORE

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    Film Review: Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives

    June 30th, 2014     by RJ Vandrish     Comments

    Framed through fictional narrative styled after the pulp lesbian novels of the 1950s, Forbidden Love features interviews from a handful of queer women who came of age in the middle of the 20th century. READ MORE

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    Monthly Music Musings: Two Crosses

    June 26th, 2014     by Becky Martyn     Comments

    Two Crosses are a powerviolence band from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. The band describes their music as being “fast, anxious,(and) noisy (and) obsessive and awkward to everyone involved” and they touch on topics such as loneliness and desolation, the end of the world, and hypocrisy within hardcore. READ MORE

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    Review: Spent by Antonia Crane

    June 23rd, 2014     by Allison McCarthy     Comments

    “Crane’s work in Spent remains powerful and equally unafraid at every turn her story takes,” writes Allison McCarthy. Read more of her review of Antonia Crane’s debut memoir. READ MORE

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    MID-WEEK ROUND UP: JUNE 18

    June 18th, 2014     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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    Advice Column: Supporting a Friend or Partner in a “Freak Out” moment.

    June 17th, 2014     by Sarah Mangle     Comments

    Last time I talked to you I was really cold and it was winter. And now it’s spring! So that’s really nice and today I’m going to talk to you about a bit of a serious topic but I think it’s a relief to talk about in certain ways. I’m going to talk about some things you might do if your friend or partner is experiencing a moment of acute crisis or “freak out.” READ MORE

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    Mid-Week Round Up: June 11

    June 11th, 2014     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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    Review: Queer Bathroom Stories

    June 10th, 2014     by RJ Vandrish     Comments

    It’s difficult enough to find a place to pee in Toronto without having to buy something first. If you’re queer or trans, when you do eventually find your way to a public washroom, you still have to navigate the heavily gendered politics of the “male” and “female” divide. In Queer Bathroom Stories, playwright Sheila Cavanagh brings such a necessary issue of queer and trans experiences from the washroom to the stage. READ MORE

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    Review: What It Was, at the Inside Out 24th Annual Toronto LGBT Film Festival

    June 6th, 2014     by RJ Vandrish     Comments

    Is this the real life, or is this just memory? READ MORE

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    Mid-Week Round Up: June 4

    June 4th, 2014     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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    Book Review: Lila Abu-Lughod’s Do Muslim Women Need Saving?

    June 2nd, 2014     by Vijaya Chikermane     Comments

    Do Muslim Women Need Saving is peppered with stories like those of Zaynab that reveal the complexities of women’s lives across the “Muslim world.” Through these stories Abu-Lughod is able to peel away at the assumptions and stereotypes that many of us in the West are offered up about Muslim women. READ MORE

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    Review: Janet Mock’s Redefining Realness

    May 30th, 2014     by Jackie Mlotek     Comments

    Jackie Mlotek reviews Janet Mock’s autobiography Redefining Realness, calling it unique, accessible, brave, and authentic, reminding readers that trans folks have so many stories yet to be told. READ MORE

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    Abundant Bodies: Media making and movement building

    May 30th, 2014     by Asam Ahmad     Comments

    The Allied Media Conference is a collaborative laboratory of media-based organizing strategies for transforming our world, held every summer in Detroit, Michigan. For the first time this year, there will be a track (a series of workshops/panels/sessions) that will explore body positivity in our movements and create media that resists dominant narratives about body size. READ MORE

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    Mid-Week Round-Up: May 28

    May 28th, 2014     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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    Mummy Dearest: Post-Mother’s Day Edition

    May 23rd, 2014     by Nadia Siu Van     Comments

    My mom was full of many contradictions. In turn, most of her teachings were, too. You were never really sure which side she was on. Yet somewhere among all the contradictions, I understood where she was coming from. READ MORE

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