There's great news for Victoria's queer community and cinephiles.
The Victoria Film Festival announced on May 23 that it will be launching the inaugural Reel Queer Film Festival, to be held June 28 to 30. The festival will be presented in partnership with Out in Schools, the Camosun College Student Society, and the Victoria Pride Society. All proceeds will benefit the programming of these organizations.
Films will include a number of documentaries, including two by Vancouver filmmakers: Gwen Haworth's chronicle of her gender transition, She's a Boy I Knew, and Bob Christie's documentary Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride; and A Jihad For Love, about homosexuality and Islam.
A day after a right-wing French historian killed himself inside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, a feminist protester has sent a message of resistance.
The historian, Dominique Venner, committed suicide in front of tourists in the historic church to protest the legalization of gay marriage in France.
Femen, which is a militant European women's-rights group, gathered the media at the church for its response.
A woman pelled off her top with the statement: "May Fascism Rest In Hell" across her chest and stomach.
Across her backside were the words: "In Gay We Trust."
She proceeded to pull out a toy gun and then brought it to her mouth.
Femen's website calls upon European Nazis to follow Venner's example and do the same to themselves.
There are 76 of them.
In 76 countries, having a same-sex relationship is illegal.
In seven countries, LGBT people can face the death penalty.
A message from Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon was delivered by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on May 16 at the International Forum on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
The UN has issued a call for international governments to protect the rights of all LGBT people and to remove discriminatory laws.
To highlight this issue, the UN Human Rights Office released a video called "The Riddle", asking viewers to guess what they are talking about.
Whether you want to break up your indoor gym routine with some outdoor fitness or want to transform yourself from a couch potato into a fitness fruit, Health Initiative for Men's annual outdoor bootcamps for all queer men are about to kick off.
As with all the best things in life, these increasingly popular bootcamps, nicknamed Fruit Camps, are absolutely free. Yes, you heard that right—free.
Encountering LGBT characters in YA lit is nothing unusual these days. In fact, it’s almost become standard to have a supporting character who’s either lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered.
However, despite LGBT roles becoming more common in books and film, it’s still unusual to discover a YA book that features an LGBT character as its protagonist. Happily, first-time author Suzanne Sutherland’s novel When We Were Good is an excellent example of this.
AIDS Vancouver announced on Tuesday (May 7) that for its 30th anniversary, it will launch an extensive video campaign that will provide a retrospective of the past 30 years of the HIV movement in Vancouver.
The videos will feature 38 community leaders. Doctors, nurses, scientists, advocates, families, and more will talk about their experiences and memories to tell the story of the battle against AIDS and HIV in Vancouver, from the onset of the epidemic to where we are now.
Among the participants are Dr. Julio Montaner of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, AIDS Vancouver founding member and former city councillor Gordon Price, and former City of Vancouver Chief Public Health Office Dr. John Blatherwick.
Star Trek's George Takei and Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson have teamed up to present an important public service announcement about the ongoing struggle for marriage equality.
The two concerned citizens want to warn the homosexual peoples about a danger that exists within the comfort of their very own neighbourhoods: assholes.
As the creators of this older video proved by simply making the PSA below, assholes have existed for quite some time.
Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to be gay to be familiar with assholes.
It's official: Vancouver transgender model Jenna Talackova is getting her own reality TV series.
As you might remember, Talackova garnered intense international attention and media coverage—not to mention controversy—in 2012 when she was disqualified and removed from the Miss Universe Canada pageant for being born physically male.
NBA basketball player Jason Collins became the first openly gay professional athlete playing in a major U.S. team sport after coming out in a Sports Illustrated article today (April 29).
Collins, who is 34 years old and plays for the Washington Wizards, appears on the cover of the May 6 issue of Sports Illustrated magazine with the headline, “The Gay Athlete”.
Saturday Night Live's Kate McKinnon has done numerous celebrity impersonations, from Shakira to Jodie Foster.
Perhaps one of her best known impersonations is of Ellen DeGeneres, who is also one of her idols. (McKinnon, for those who are unaware, is SNL's first openly lesbian cast member.)
DeGeneres has taken note, and even commented on seeing herself impersonated by McKinnon.
But McKinnon's longstanding dream finally came true when she finally met DeGeneres on Ellen.
The adorably starstruck McKinnon, on her first talk show appearance and at times on the verge of tears, managed to entertain the amused DeGeneres.