Pride

Reflections: My first LGBT+ pride

published: August, 08, 2017 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Pride, Social Media, Community Events, Gay Men, Youth, Events, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Joshua Middleton

Joshua Middleton gives an account of his first LGBT+ Pride as an out bisexual man.

Reflections: My first LGBT+ pride

Disclaimer: The views represented in this blog are entirely my own and do not represents the thoughts, opinions, views, of any particular organization including those of the San Diego LGBT Community Center.  The day was quickly approaching, it all felt so surreal. A week prior I had taken one of the biggest steps in my life and come out as bisexual to my family, friends, and followers. And now I was taking part in my first ever LGBT+ Pride event in San Diego by marching in the parade in fro

My experience working at this year’s Pride parade in Toronto

published: September, 22, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Pride, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Guest author Miguel Torres' experience volunteering at Toronto Pride 2016 lays bare the many racial and cultural divides our community suffers, as well as the need for bridges.

My experience working at this year’s Pride parade in Toronto

Please note that this piece was written during September 17 and 18 and is not a response to Toronto Pride's statement of September 20. "In a large number of societies, being brown still means occupying that middle space, on the cusp of whiteness and on the edge of blackness." Kamal Al-Solaylee, Brown. Lead up to the parade I signed up as a volunteer for the recent Pride parade in Toronto two days after the massacre in Orlando. News reports had come out that there were some who feared joinin

The first Toronto Pride was a riot.

published: July, 11, 2016 Categories // Pride, Community Events, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Events, Media, Opinion Pieces, Jason Cole

Jason R. Cole on why the Black Lives Matter sit-in at this year's Pride parade was completely appropriate.

The first Toronto Pride was a riot.

Toronto Pride 2016 photos by Bob Leahy It’s a popular meme that floats around during the month of June annually, as if to remind us all of our roots. The assumption is, of course, that we need reminding. The circumstances of this past week would certainly indicate that some of us do. During the annual Pride Parade in Toronto, the activist group Black Lives Matter staged a sit-­in that lasted 30 minutes. The group chanted ‘pride is political’, refusing to let up until Mathieu Chante

The Fire Island Invasion

published: July, 05, 2016 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Activism, Pride, Community Events, Gay Men, Festivals, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Félix Garmendía

Felix Garmendia says, "This is how we do it in Fire Island. Happy 4th of July!"

The Fire Island Invasion

“Invasion of Normandy”= World War II “British Invasion”= The Beatles “Invasion Of The Body Snatchers”= epic horror movie “FIRE ISLAND INVASION”= ship full of men wearing dresses The communities of “Cherry Grove” and “The Pines” on Fire Island have been the summer playground for gay people for many decades and these historic “gay communities” are an integral part of New York’s vibrant gay scene. People from all over the world flock every summer to enjoy the be

LGBT people unite with a sense of solidarity

published: June, 21, 2016 Categories // Social Media, Pride, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Christian Dolan

More reaction to the Orlando massacre. The UK’s Christian Dolan weighs in and says that fear cannot and will not weaken us as a community.

LGBT people unite with a sense of solidarity

Last Sunday I woke up at 8am to a BBC news alert on my phone informing me that 20 people had been shot dead in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. A couple of hours later and it was confirmed that a total of 49 members of the gay community were shot dead by a lone gunman, leaving another 53 injured.  The more I read throughout the day as the story unfolded, the more upset I became. It got to a point where I couldn’t read anything without choking up, tears streaming down my face with the h

Orlando: a catalyst for change

published: June, 17, 2016 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Activism, Pride, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder says “small things - Pride flags being lowered, vigils held, mayors and politicians and celebrities speaking out across the planet, rainbow colours decorating monuments are of immense importance.”

Orlando: a catalyst for change

"Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have." Margaret Mead  The mass shooting in Orlando has brought out the best and worst in people. Some continue to hate the LGBT community and some have turned to love: line-ups of people donating blood, people contributing money to assist the loved ones of those who were lost and to support those who survived. Those who hate never cared in the first place and their minds will not be changed. 

The Queer Muslim Conundrum

published: July, 02, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Pride, Activism, Women, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Guest writer Nadha Hassen with views on Pride by someone with multiple Identities

The Queer Muslim Conundrum

"Year after year, I have heard people in my family and community condemn "gayness" and everything that is not heteronormative."  This post is a personal one and as a result, I anticipate backlash from some readers - whether explicit or not. For people who know me, I anticipate that it may change the way some of you think of me. So I pre-empt all this by saying that this post does not change me as the person you know thus far. It only provides further insight into who I am. I can ask you to

HIVnow campaign will change the conversation during Toronto Pride

published: June, 18, 2015 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Social Media, Community Events, Pride, Activism, As Prevention , Research, Sexual Health, Health, Legal, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

What is #HIVnow? It’s the HIV awareness campaign Toronto Pride deserves.

HIVnow campaign will change the conversation during Toronto Pride

John Maxwell, executive director, ACT (left) Christopher Thomas, communications coordinator, ACT (right)     Ryan Lisk, manager of community health programs, ACT (left) Mason McColl, gay men's online strategy and resource coordinator, ACT (right)     Ty Best, graphic designer of the posters The AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) has just launched a bold, new multimedia campaign, HIVnow, that is intended to raise awareness around HIV because the times

My first Pride Parade

published: June, 05, 2015 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Pride, Gay Men, Events, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow didn’t come out until later in life – and so his first venture to Toronto Pride in the 90s was, he says, “mind-blowing”,..

My first Pride Parade

When you come out of the closet thinking you are, maybe, one in a hundred thousand and see that its more like one in ten or less, its amazing. To attend Pride is just mind-blowing to see how many of us there are in this wonderful community. I’m not positive on what year it was that I attended my first Toronto Pride Parade but hopefully these photos will prompt someone to leave a comment to tell me. I’m thinking it was 1996 or 97?   I have written before about coming out at the age of

The gayest city on the planet is . . .

published: August, 14, 2014 Categories // Community Events, Pride, Travel, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces, Philip Minaker

Philip Minaker on how his home-town of Toronto hosted World Pride in style this summer.

The gayest city on the planet is . . .

Throughout the summer months, cities across North America take their turns in celebrating Pride. From the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in late June right up until those first signs of Fall in September each city puts their own spin on the progress we have made as a community. Local and international progress is recognized to show that despite the diversity of those that fit into the LGBT name and more we are indeed a unified front whose agenda has evolved from a gay rights initiative in

A tale of two Prides

published: July, 01, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Pride, Events, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy lives outside a small rural Ontario Village where World Pride didn’t go entirely unnoticed, or uncelebrated. But he was also in Toronto for the mammoth World Pride celebrations this past weekend. Here’s his report - plus a ton of his photos!

 A tale of two Prides

Camp Ho-Ba-Chee store window, Warkworth, Ontario (pop 700). Arranging a set of Fiestaware dinner plates to correspond with the colours of the rainbow flag may seem a small touch, a very subtle nod to World Pride happening 100 miles or so to the east of this small rural community of 700 souls. But in the window of a littel store deep in farm country, those plates make a statement. The gays are here. It’s a progressive conservative federal riding alright, but its sleepy main street shows sig

World Pride sponsor a Trojan horse?

published: June, 11, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Activism, Pride, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Mark Hammon of the AIDS Committee of Durham Region says Trojan Condoms, an official sponsor of World Pride in Toronto, is dictating what kind of condoms can be distributed at Pride events and it's only their own brand. Make HIV sense?

World Pride sponsor a Trojan horse?

From the AIDS Committee of Durham Region Facebook page here.  Mark Hammann, our Manager of Education, was asked to speak at Queerstock Festival last night. Here's his speech:  I asked that we remember the history of Pride. I shared my concerns that we should hold corporations that sponsor our Pride events around the world accountable and to uphold the true spirit and meaning behind Pride. With particular focus on Toronto pride sponsor, Trojan Condoms.  Here it is:  Today I say to you

World Pride Toronto: What I’m excited for!

published: June, 04, 2014 Categories // Pride, Gay Men, Events, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Rodney Rousseau with a budget-minded guide to his personal highlights of the World Pride program

World Pride Toronto: What I’m excited for!

Pride has been a grand event in Toronto for as long as I’ve been able to attend, but this year Toronto is hosting World Pride from June 20-29, and about two million people are expected to attend. The expensive event lineup including galas with $1,000 seat tickets has me a bit overwhelmed with my tight student budget, so I’ve started planning early. So, I’ve decided to share (particularly for the budget-minded) some of what I’m looking forward to:  First off, the University of Toronto

Young professionals in action

published: June, 03, 2014 Categories // Community Events, Pride, Events, Health

Amy C. Willis on The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR), it’s Young Professional Council (YPC) and why you should know them

How do you stay engaged with issues that matter when you’re a bustling, thriving, up-and-coming young professional?  The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research or CANFAR was founded in the late 1980s by three friends, Dinah Koo, Van Beltrame and Robert Mang, up-and-coming entrepreneurs in the service industry who had a desire to raise funds for HIV and AIDS research, as the epidemic impacted them and their social circles. CANFAR is Canada’s only independent charitable organization dedica

Relentlessly speaking about music (Pride month edition)

published: May, 28, 2014 Categories // DJ Relentless, Pride, Music, Opinion Pieces

DJ Relentless: It's the gayest time of the year and it's World Pride in Toronto! So much music and so little time to listen to it all. So, hopefully my reviews can help you sift through all the new tracks out right now.

Relentlessly speaking about music (Pride month edition)

I guess a great place to start is the new Michael Jackson album, "Escape". About year ago, I got a leaked remix of "Slave To The Rhythm" (as a duet with Justin Bieber). And just like the remix of "Love Never Felt So Good" with Justin Timberlake, I can't tell their voices apart. And probably the most unfortunate song title on his new album is "Do You Know Where Your Children Are", but he always liked pushing the envelope with tiles like "In The Closet" and "Beat it". Of course it's one of his a

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