Putting Pride into the party: When entertainment is LGBT activism

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      It’s easy to write off entertainers as merely good-time folks. But in LGBT communities, entertainers play a special and often unique role.

      They’re the cheerleaders who generate hope when there isn’t any. They’re the healers who administer joy to cure mental-health issues like depression and anxiety. They’re the defenders who use humour to fend off hatred and hurt. And they’re the firekeepers who prevent the activist flames from burning out.

      This year, we shine a light on entertainers, who are often activists in disguise, advancing the cause through fundraising, hosting events, and keeping potentially invisible minorities bright and shining even in the darkest of hours.

      While there are numerous individuals and organizations, these profiles provide a brief sample of the wide range that the city has to offer.

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