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Rainbow (LGBTQ) Workshop Day at Toronto Bike Pirates

TORONTO is a great city for biking and offers lots of resources like  RIDE THE CITY  and   BIKING TORONTO.

DID YOU KNOW? 
There is a Rainbow (LGBTQ) Workshop Day
at Bike Pirates (of Toronto).

Bike Pirates is a completely volunteer-run
organization that provides a
Do-It-Yourself workspace where you can:

  • Learn bicycle maintenance
  • Work on your own bike on a drop-in basis
  • Build up a new bicycle from scratch

They  also sell new and used parts, and even fully refurbished used bicycles.

We
have striven to create an inclusive welcome space for all kinds of
people to learn about their bicycle and maintaining it. A new portion of
our programming is to include a specific time for members of the LGBTQ
community to come into our space and become more empowered about
bicycles. It will be staffed by LGBTQ and ally members of our volunteer
group.

This new workshop-format event will take place every Third Wednesday of the month, from 6pm to 9pm.

Our Mission for this event is: To provide a safe
inclusive space for those with a common interest in cycling, and to
share skills through workshops and events.


Our Vision for this event is: To promote cycling among the LGBTQ community and to promote a sense of community among cyclists.

The first workshop will be on January 18, from 6pm to 9pm. This workshop will be on Preparing for winter: Taking care of your bike, and YOU the cyclist, during harsh winter conditions. Please join us!

Please note that during this time, the space is reserved for LGBTQ folks and will be closed to ordinary DIY participants.

1292 Bloor St. West

BikePirates.com

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Gay Penguins At Toronto Zoo are Being Split Up

THIS IS SO SAD A SAME-SEX relationship between two African penguins at a Canadian zoo is to be broken up by keepers who want them to breed.

 Pedro, 10, and Buddy, 20, have formed a close bond since their arrival at Toronto Zoo in May as part of a breeding program, the National Post reported.

“The
two girls have been following them, we just have to get the boys
interested in looking at them,” Tom Mason, curator of birds and
invertebrates at the zoo, said.

Mason said that if the penguins were not an endangered species the zoo would be happy to “let them do their thing”.

Pedro
and Buddy’s separation will only last as long as they can inseminate
their respective female partners — while incubating eggs, the two may
well be back “side by side.”

Once breeding season is up, Pedro and
Buddy will “probably” ditch their female partners and reunite,
according to Bill Rapley, executive director for conservation,
education and wildlife at the zoo.

UPDATE –

Polled as to whether the zoo was doing the right thing, nearly 34,000
TODAY.com readers responded – and an overwhelming majority of 83.4
percent said that the birds of a feather should stay together. “They are
happy and healthy, leave them alone,” MemoryintheMachine commented.
“They chose, we need to respect that!” jag24659 agreed.

Well,
everyone can rest easy: The Toronto Zoo says the penguin pals will be
reunited by spring 2012. “There will be a limited time of separation,
but it will not be permanent,” Tom Mason, the zoo’s curator of
invertebrates and birds, told PinkNews.co.uk. “If Pedro and Buddy wish to get back together, they will be welcome to do so.”

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Participants Needed For Gay Mens Sexuality Study in Toronto



Are you an HIV-negative gay or bisexual man?

Sometimes nervous in dating or sexual situations?

Ever drink alcohol or use drugs to take the edge off in social or sexual situations?


If you answered “yes” to these three questions, you may qualify for our research study that aims to help participants feel more comfortable in social and sexual situations.




WHAT YOU GAIN:
Free counselling sessions with a psychotherapist.
Financial compensation for your time.


WHAT WE GAIN:
A better understanding of the sexual health needs of gay and bisexual men to help us develop programs to serve you better.


If you are interested in participating in our study,
please contact Natalie at
416-979-5000 ext. 1-2179 or
email       sexualhealthlab  @    gmail.com


Study approved by Ryerson University Research Ethics Board.

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Toronto Nuit Blanche All Night Art Event Oct. 1


I always feel like fall has officially
arrived when Nuit Blanche happens! 


For one sleepless night experience the city transformed by hundreds of artists for Toronto’s sixth annual sunset-to-sunrise celebration of contemporary art.


Discover art in galleries, museums and unexpected places. From a streetcar, alleyways and storefronts to churches, ponds and parks, choose from more than 130 destinations and chart your own path.


One night only. All night long. Oct. 1,  6:59PM – Sunrise.

FOR 2011 – Discover more than 130 free and accessible contemporary art projects within three zones. Each zone features a mixture of Exhibition Projects and Independent Projects.


Some works encourage an intimate, evocative encounter with art, while others will wow you with large-scale interactive spectacle.


As a centrepiece to the event, the City of Toronto has produced a special project for 2011. Visit Toronto City Hall for Flightpath Toronto, a soaring installation by Usman Haque and Natalie Jeremijenko.

Originating in Paris, Toronto pays homage to its French roots by creating its own version of “Nuit Blanche.” Translating to “White Night,” Canada’s largest city is transformed by more than 500 artists through 130 different projects. In it’s 6th year, Nuit Blanche will welcome more than 1 million visitors–from dusk until dawn!

Drink Coffee  and  STAY UP!!


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Toronto Pride event in support of NOH8 Campaign and Jer’s Vision


What could be better than having fun and giving back at the same time?”-

that’s the idea behind T.G.I. SWAGGER 2011, taking place at Hotel Ocho on July 3, from 9pm. T.G.I. SWAGGER is being held in support of the NOH8 Campaign and Jer’s Vision.

 


With Same-sex marriage and gays in the military remain on the political front burner, general education and anti-discrimination campaigns have recently drawn a wider audience. With the number of teen suicides that have occurred as of late, it is no wonder that so many have decided to stand up and pay attention. It is charities like NOH8 and Jer’s Vision that are ensuring that real progress occurs.


The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with “NOH8” painted on one cheek in protest. The NOH8 Campaign has grown to over 13,000 faces of politicians, military personnel, newlyweds, law enforcement, artists, celebrities, and many more; and continues to grow at an exponential rate.


Jer’s Vision is a world leader in anti-bullying and anti-discrimination programming. The organization is youth led and looks at diversity inclusively, (including homophobia, sexism, racism…) in parallel and through their intersections (ex. how sexism and racism affects a woman of color). Jer’s Vision runs programming all over Canada and the United States, working with over 75,000 people annually. Jer’s Vision also is the proud leader of the International Day of Pink (DayOfPink.org), engaging millions of people in wearing pink and running programs that stand up to bullying.


Taking place on Sunday July 3rd 2011, the event is being held at Toronto’s hottest new boutique hotel, Hotel Ocho, the event will feature a Black Carpet, tunes by internationally known DJs Designer Imposter (New York) and Betti Forde (Toronto), with the city’s favourite hosting duo Chrys & Kris. The event will also play host to a slew of special guests including actress Nicole Piña of The Lovers and Friends Show.


Guests will be treated to a completely unique experience with will include live nail art by guerrilla image squad, the |WÖR|iors, and the opportunity to purchase Pride themed items from event supporters like foodFIGHT, Girls Like Us, F! and more. The proceeds from the sale of each item going directly to the NoH8 Campaign. Custom cocktails and delicious hor d’oeuvres will round out this chic evening. The event will definitely be the perfect way to close Toronto Pride this year!


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Toronto Pride Video Showcases Diversity NOT Stereotypes

EVERYONE is up in arms this week over a cute, silly little video for Toronto Pride.

Tourism Toronto
, in partnership with Pride Toronto, launched its P90X parody Pride Pump 2000x, filled with a mix of gays and lesbians  and the workouts are led by the dainty, over-sexed, workout-obsessed pretty boy.

In the video, instructor Brody wears skintight shorts to show off his glistening oil-rubbed skin, promoting a gym lifestyle centred on the fact that  many gay men and women want is “the best chest.” Amid “sparkle crunches,” a “disco break,” a  “bear” appearance and a lesbian who is grossed out by a penis (aren’t most women??)  – I THINK IT’S CUTE AND FUNNY.


Stereotypes… exist for a reason people!


Where is your sense of humor?  Stereotypes exist because they sometimes are accurate. If there weren’t enough true examples around, nobody could create a “stereotype” to begin with. The stereotype might not be true ALL the time, but it’s true often enough to give it solid purchase in people’s perceptions.

Do you not know a gym obsessed, weight obsessed, or  a fem guy?

So you at PRIDE.  With my shirt off!

WATCH THE PRIDE PUMP VIDEO

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3rd Annual Toronto TRIGGER Festival – Militantly Unapologetic, Radically Queer


The militantly unapologetic and radically queer, survivor-centric TRIGGER Festival is provoking Toronto audiences for a third year this June 16th, 17th and 18th with an incredible schedule of local, provincial, national and international professional artists.


TRIGGER hosts three incredible nights of film, theatre, performance, installation, music and discussion at The Steelworkers Hall and Raging Spoon reclaiming the notion of queer survival through art as activism and activism as art.

hosts three incredible nights of film, theatre, performance, installation, music and discussion at The Steelworkers Hall and Raging Spoon reclaiming the notion of queer survival through art as activism and activism as art.

Thursday, June 16th opens TRIGGER with a film festival evening highlighting the inspirational new San Francisco films 50faggots by Randall Jenson and 4Play by Kyle Henry, the Australian short doc Every Ho I Know Says So and Vivek Shraya’s Seeking Single White Male featured at this year’s Inside Out.


On Friday, June 17th TRIGGER opens the evening with Bait, a one woman play chronicling the 2010 Jamaican military incursion events written and performed by dub poet D-lishus, seen at Mayworks, Ladyfest, TRIGGER 2010. Toronto based dance crew Ill Nana and Mr. Rubber Toronto Mikiki perform alongside BC award winning artist Jody Franklin who founded MungBeing Magazine and The Misfit Library Literary Journal and has been featured on CBC Radio for his evocative art. African American Chicago based storyteller Ni’Ja Whitson who founded And What?! American hip hop group well known for her African Diaspora work with Columbia College, About Face Theatre and queer institution Andrew Harwood co-founder of TAAFI are showcased amongst an entire line up of powerful artists in the interactive performance extravaganza.


The final closing party takes place at Raging Spoon on Saturday June 18th after a full day of workshops celebrating queer survival with Toronto Vogue troupe Kiki House of Pink Lady, Toronto/Montreal’s Yamantaka Sonic Titan band who recently premiered their no wave opera at Toronto Underground Cinema, soul tech trio LAL recently featured in Mayworks, NOW Magazine, World Performing Arts Festival in Pakistan and Dainty Smith Xtra! Writer, actor and professional burlesque performer.

TRIGGER FESTIVAL

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