WEEKLY ROUNDUP: SEPT 2
Illustrator: Erin McPhee
Pride Toronto was called to task at their town hall this week, with members of Toronto’s LGBTQ community pressing co-chairs Aaron GlynWilliams and Alica Hall on their continued marginalization of Black queer and trans communities.
Indigenous warriors and allies from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe continue their resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. This week the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, a body of the United Nations, released a statement in support of the resistance. Local communities are calling on the United States government to ensure the tribe is adequately consulted before the pipeline project moves forward. If you want to learn more about the movement, check out this short primer video on what’s happening, scroll through #noDAPL, and donate to the Sacred Stone Spirit Camp here..
LGBTQ, trans, and ally communities alike are upset over the casting of Matt Bomer as a trans woman in the upcoming film Anything. The casting of cisgender actors in the role of trans characters is not, unfortunately, new; an Autostraddle analysis found that over the past 50 years only 20 percent of transgender characters on television were actually portrayed by trans people. In the wake of criticism, executive producer Mark Ruffalo has defended his casting choice.
Here’s 10 books about residential schools to read with your children.
Check out this comic by Maeril on what do to as a bystander when you witness Islamophobia.
As the long weekend approaches be careful - BBQ BRUSHES ARE OUT TO GET YOU.