Tag: Queeriosities

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    A Short Guide to Supporting Each Other with Body Changes

    April 21st, 2014     by deb singh     Comments

    Since becoming pregnant, I have returned to that part of life where people think it’s okay to make all sorts of comments on my body. Instead of focusing on the negativity of those body comments (which have ranged from weird to downright rude), I decided to put together a short list of ways to big each other up instead of bring each other down. READ MORE

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    Toronto Event at York University: Queering Urban Justice

    January 13th, 2014     by Jennifer Marston     Comments

    For the past few months I have been lucky enough to work with a bunch of folks to bring together this amazing panel. If you have any time off and live/work near York University, please join us for an afternoon of Queering Urban Justice with Che Gossett, Rio Rodriguez and Syrus Marcus Ware on Tuesday 21 January, 2.30-4pm, York University , Faculty of Environmental Studies, Building HNES (Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies) Room 140. To … READ MORE

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    Almost But Not Quite Touching: an interview with the co-creators

    December 4th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Almost But Not Quite Touching is the debut play of the Tough Toots Theatre Folks, performed in October of this year in Toronto. A completely re-written and re-imagined version of a previous play of the same name and entirely written, directed and performed by women and trans* folks, Almost But Not Quite Touching was described by its creators as follows: “Be prepared to laugh, to learn, and to cry. Enter the minds of real people … READ MORE

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    Love and Relationships Series: Multiple Dating and Me

    November 8th, 2013     by deb singh     Comments

    Editor’s note: To get you excited for the upcoming winter issue of Shameless, we are posting a series of blog posts every Friday on the theme of love and relationships. What does love mean? Who are our relationships with? What kinds of love are there? We’d love to hear from you in the comments. If you like what you’re reading, don’t forget to subscribe! Hi. my name is deb and I can be attracted to more than … READ MORE

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    Surprise Entry - Queer Brown Girl Trying to Get Pregnant, Part 5: Nature is the Bomb

    November 1st, 2013     by deb singh     Comments

    So I’m pregnant. Yay! It’s exciting, scary, weird and most definitely overwhelming. I read a lot of books, I talked to a lot of people and even at 18 weeks (about 4 months and 2 weeks), I still really have no idea what I’m in for. Nature is seriously awesome! I am in touch with my body and have always paid attention to my menstrual cycles, changes in my vaginal secretions, moods and even eating habits. … READ MORE

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    Calling all Youth and Older Adults from the LGBTTIQQ2S community!

    September 30th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Calling all Youth and Older Adults from the LGBTTIQQ2S community! Would you like to: Meet other youth and older adults from the community? Celebrate our stories and histories? Share experiences across generations Have fun playing games and doing creative arts activities? Enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal together? Come join Sunshine Centres for Seniors’ new program: Together, we are not alone: Rainbow Bridges Across Generations an intergenerational project for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, and Two-Spirit Older Adults (55 and up) and … READ MORE

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    Queer Brown Girl Trying to Get Pregnant, Part 4: The Last Part (for now)

    September 3rd, 2013     by deb singh     Comments

    There’s a lot they don’t tell you about having a baby and this blog is not gonna tell you what that stuff is since I don’t have a baby. What it is gonna give you is some questions I learned I need to ask myself and others recently. I’m the kinda Queer Brown Girl Trying to Get Pregnant that has always benefited from the company of people who have gone through it before me, whatever “it” … READ MORE

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    Building Allyship for Safer Campuses and Communities

    August 31st, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    The STARS Project is a program for LGBTQ* youth and allies ages 13-21 at Delisle Youth Services. It is our goal to engage college and university aged youth to build allyship on their campuses and in their communities by supporting the STARS project. STARS youth participants have launched a viral video project to start the conversation. Watch the videos and learn what STARS youth have to say about allyship, and then create your… own videos about … READ MORE

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    Guest Post: Sochi 2014

    August 11th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Nico Mara-McKay The XXII Winter Olympic Games and the XI Paralympic Winter Games are set to take place in Sochi, Russia in February and March 2014, amid international protests, calls for boycotts and petitions to move the games, as outrage grows over the discriminatory stance the Russian government has taken on queer and transgender people. While homosexuality was decriminalized in 1993, recent laws have severely restricted LGBQT rights. Same-sex couples are banned from adopting children, Moscow … READ MORE

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    Queer Brown Girl Trying to Get Pregnant, Part 3: Let’s Get Emo(tional) about Trying to Get Pregnant

    August 1st, 2013     by deb singh     Comments

    Warning: This blog may sound complain-y, crabby or sad. Viewer Discretion is Advised. (Except for those who totally get it) So far, I have tried to get pregnant six times. It’s a weird and hard process. I certainly didn’t know what I bargained for in terms of length of time, money and work that would be required to try and get this queer brown girl pregnant. There are a few things/thoughts/feelings that have made this process challenging … READ MORE

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    Toronto: REQUIEM FOR A DREAM - A HALLOWEEN DRAG MUSICAL

    July 15th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    The Drag Musical Collective and Asian Arts Freedom School Presents…. Fog Machine On. CHECK Airy Voice. CHECK Too Much Fog. Fog Machine Off. CHECK ‘I am your worst fears. I am your greatest fantasy. Do you dream with your ancestors? Can you honor memories in your dreams? Can you imagine family, community or belonging? What are your nightmares? What is a sweet dream? Desirability, Sexuality and Love. Come Dream With Us!’ REQUIEM FOR A DREAM - A HALLOWEEN DRAG MUSICAL CHECK Interested in exploring theatre, song … READ MORE

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    Advice column: Should you tell your friend you have a crush on them?

    July 10th, 2013     by Sarah Mangle     Comments

    Welcome to our first-ever video advice column! You can view the video here on this page or on YouTube. A transcription is below the embedded video. Feedback is welcomed! - ed Hi Everybody! My name is Sarah Mangle and I write advice for Shameless, and this time I’m going to do my advice in the form of a video blog and here it is — and I’m really pumped about it. I have never made a … READ MORE

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    Guest post: Shamelessly Single

    July 10th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    Part one of two on living single lives. Shameless reader Laura Brightwell examines what happens when you choose to be celibate in a community that defines itself by its sexuality. Sometimes people cannot or do not want to have sex. When I started to tell people, 3 years ago, that I didn’t want to date anyone, I was always afraid. I anticipated people’s judgment, much like I had anticipated their homophobia when I came out as … READ MORE

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    TORONTO QUEER ZINE FAIR: Now accepting applications

    July 7th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    MISSION STATEMENT Toronto Queer Zine Fair seeks to make space for traditionally marginalized voices in the zine community. While accepting applications from all self-identified queer/trans* folks, TQZF chooses to prioritize the voices of trans women, trans women of colour, queer people of colour, indigenous/two-spirited folks, and non-binary folks. Toronto Queer Zine Fair is an alternative zine fair focusing on the radical and political history/philosophy of zines and giving a platform to those often under-represented in zine … READ MORE

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    Queer Brown Girl Trying to Get Pregnant, Part 2: The Pre-Conception Rollercoaster!

    July 2nd, 2013     by deb singh     Comments

    If you haven’t read part 1 of this series, you can read it here. Part 2 of 4 Now that I have done this a few times, I certainly feel more relaxed about the process in one way, and more anxious about it in another. The first month I inseminated, I freaked out because I had some cervical mucus happening and I thought I had missed my chance. People with menstrual cycles only surge with the lutenizing … READ MORE

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    Toronto Pride art programming: Bambitchell

    June 17th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Toronto Pride is almost upon us! There are a huge number of events, programs, installations and shows throughout the city during late June and early July. One of these is That’s So Gay, an annual art exhibition at the Gladstone Hotel, curated this year by Elisha Lim. Stay tuned to Shameless for more coverage of this exhibition coming soon. One of this year’s participants of That’s So Gay is Bambitchell, the name used by Sharlene Bamboat … READ MORE

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    Rainbow Camp! July 14-19, 2013

    June 12th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    A Camp for LGBTQ & Allied Youth ages 13-17 July 14th - 19th, 2013 Rainbow Camp is a one-week camp for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer questioning, and allied (LGBTQA) youth, their siblings and children in Queer families. Rainbow Camp is committed to developing a camp community which honours creativity, individual choice, and social justice while having fun! Rainbow Camp provides opportunities for campers to make new friends and develop skills through traditional camp programming and innovative … READ MORE

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    Film review: Peaches Does Herself

    June 7th, 2013     by Nish Israni     Comments

    The first time I heard a Peaches song was when Masti Khor did a burlesque number to her song song “Fuck the Pain Away” at a show. I was immediately drawn to Peaches, then and there. I had heard folks raving about Peaches, but had never bothered to get into her music. I think it was my rebellious nature not wanting to follow the crowd, but I soon realized I had been missing out, big … READ MORE

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    Queer Brown Girl Trying to Get Pregnant, Part 1: The Basics

    June 3rd, 2013     by deb singh     Comments

    Part 1 of 4 This blog may have scenes that include coarse language, nudity, sexuality, and science jargon. Viewer Discretion is Advised. The last 3 months I have been trying to make a baby grow in my uterus. It’s really not as easy as the movies. Moreover, I have been trying to do this without a penis or person with a penis, as it were. So, you guys all know I’m queer, right? And my partner and I … READ MORE

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    Queers Who Pray: An Elisha Lim endeavour

    May 21st, 2013     by Nish Israni     Comments

    I have had the pleasure of many run-ins with Elisha Lim at various community events, and have been totally blown away by their work. Thus, I feel compelled to promote their recent endeavour, a film called Queers Who Pray. Elisha is a brilliant and multi-talented artist who has illustrated comics, books and anthologies, as well as exhibited portraits in international galleries and screened short films all over the world. They have also self-published beautiful and endearing … READ MORE

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