December 2013, Volume 206
In our Health and Porn Bound Together story in Issue 205, a wrong name was printed for Kate Sinclaire. We apologize for this error.
HOW THE SOCHI OLYMPICS BROUGHT A COMMUNITY TOGETHER
The holidays bring with them a chance for reflection, an opportunity to look back and examine our mistakes and achievements over the last year. For the international GLBTQ* community, the biggest story of 2013 has undoubtedly been the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympic Games. And boy, was there a lot to learn from in this saga.
There is a growing understanding that the pink dollar carries a lot of weight, but some local businesses have been slow to draw in the GLBTQ* community. Concerned that Winnipeg may be losing out on an important segment of the market, the newly-rebranded Manitoba LGBT* Chamber of Commerce decided to kick its efforts into the next gear.
An issue beginning to come to light, domestic violence in queer relationships, is misunderstood by many. With rates comparable to violence in straight relationships, yet mired in a homophobic culture, queer people of all stripes who are living with abuse find themselves with fewer resources to draw upon, and fewer people on their side.
From Eastern to Western Canada, it appears that cancer knows no bounds and discriminates against no one in its spread. Yet the experience of breast and gynecologic cancer can look very different based on our gender and sexual identity. Now, an innovative research project aims to hear from lesbian, bisexual, queer women and two-spirit and trans folks from different provinces just what their cancer story looks like, and you can be a part of the process.
Just a quick Google search shows that many stories about GLBTQ* youth can be easily found online, as the shelter promised by anonymity brings people a sense of security. Some of them likely had a happy ending. Others have been written just after heartbreaking situations, as a cry for help or laptop-lightened empathy. Some stories, like the story of Martin Lewis, are still in progress.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS BRIEFS
Gay Pride parade protected • Same-sex marriage in Asia-Pacific • Verbal abuse taken seriously • Seeking asylum in the EU
Lambda reborn • School trustee accused of racism on social media • Gay businesses shutting down across Canada • Getting tough on discrimination
‘Tis the season to be jolly… and for many it will be. Many of us have fond memories of a family celebration that may or may not have included a religious service. From my personal experience as a Roman Catholic priest, it was a time when we were guaranteed a full church and more in the collection baskets.
We’ve grown used to replacing our tech every few years, or even sooner. Many of us get new cellphones every year, new computers every other year and now new tablets in the same cycle. But it wasn’t always that way. Three years ago, (yes, just three years), tablets were the stuff of science fiction. It was only five and six years ago that the world was introduced to the iPhone and Android. Today, we get new cellphone hardware and software every day, new tablets and completely new generations of laptops every year, and the list keeps growing.
We always wonder if life is better elsewhere, or how Winnipeg compares to other cities. In this recurring column, we will compare and contrast what life is like for three 25 to 35-year-old gay men in different cities around the world. This month, we travel from London to Guadalajara, by way of Winnipeg, only to be reminded that every city has its gays, trying to live a socially active and interesting life. So live here, live anywhere, the moments we seek are out there.
A Christmas Story • Mr. Gay Manitoba • Fame Christmas Party • Top Secret 007 Bond Party • Nutcracker • Nutcracker • New Year’s Eve: Hong Kong Nights • Diamonds are Forever • Winter Wonderland • Winter Wonderland • The Great Canadian Wellness Tour • The Late Bloomer Tour
WEB ONLY – THEATRE: The story of the late John Hirsch a must-see for Winnipeggers
Historical, funny and touching. These are a few words that describe Hirsch, a one-man play going on at the Manitoba Theatre Centre.
For many years, the cultural and artistic elements that define our community have struggled with the debate on how to capture, portray and inspire queer realities. As queer identity is based on sexuality, so the confirmation of queer identity is often confirmed by expressing sexuality. But that alone does not capture what it means to be queer – so what form should queer cinema take?
Dr. Rizi Xavier Timane had a secret. By eight years of age, it was clear that the person who had been born a Nigerian girl was very much a boy.
Lush orchestral arrangements and synth-electronica sounds meld to form a musical manifesto in this year’s New Music Festival (NMF). For this highly anticipated event, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) brings together world-renowned musical guests and the orchestra, led by director Alexander Mickelthwate, is raring to play some contemporary repertoire.
Winnipeg-based French Press is changing its sound just in time for this year’s Big Fun Festival on Jan. 22 to 26, an annual indie music and art showcase that promises to help us ease our way into the harsh winter months.
The young dynamic duo behind the Rainbow Harmony Project (RHP) choir is Johanna Hildebrand, the new artistic director/conductor, and her friend, Jenni Magnus, who acts as production manager.
Broken Bells • Imogen Heap • Les Jupes
Winnipeg’s Les Jupes went into the studio with a sick producer/ engineer and came out with transformed songs that will make up the band’s new album, which has not be named yet.
Web series are making gay TV more accessible. They are a relatively new trend that has been surfacing often in the last few months, to varying degrees of professionalism.
Hunting Season, a web series born out of a successful blog, is at the head of the pack. And with Season 2 in the works through a Kickstarter campaign, it’s worth checking out Season 1 over the holidays.
We hit the streets to find out what some of your go-to places are for GLBTQ* entertainment. Do you like a night out on the dance floor at a club? Do you prefer the chill vibe of a local pub? Or do you hang out somewhere else? We also wanted to know what your thoughts were on our GLBTQ* nightlife. Gio’s closed its doors nearly one year ago after 31 years of service. If you desire going to a GLBTQ* establishment here in Winnipeg, you have two choices: Fame Nightclub and Club 200. So is it time Winnipeg welcomes a new GLBTQ* venue? Or are we happy with the way things are?
A strange thing happens every year at the same time. The second the clock strikes midnight on All Hallows’ Eve, retailers all across North America begin rolling out “The Holidays.” This experience can only be described as jarring. Just when you had finally stopped mourning the loss of summer and began to settle nicely into fall with perfectly timed and appropriate sentiments of ghouls, zombies and sexy lumberjacks (sexy anything, really), you are forced to propel forward in a frantic sprint to the oh-so-stressful holiday season.
FASHION: THE HOLIDAY TRAIL BLAZERS
In classic Hollywood movies of old, leading men never failed to uphold the dapper institution of the tuxedo. Glamorous parties were pictured strewn with variations of the black and white penguin suit, and so, society followed, solidifying the staple for occasional or special event dressing. New Year’s Eve countdowns and holiday shindigs are always attended in traditional men’s trimmings; that is, until today. With so many options in beautiful prints and patterns this year, take flight from the land-bound bird suit. It’s okay to stand out at a party. Be the gent that little by little is inching men’s fashion forward; embrace it, and this holiday party season, be the trail blazer.
While people across the world were busy calling for an unlikely boycott of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, a Winnipegger developed a more fitting solution. In late July, Dayne Moyer created a Change.org petition that asks the Canadian, U.S., British and Paralympic teams to take a stand against discrimination by wearing rainbow pins to the opening ceremonies of the Games. By press time, the petition had nearly 40,000 supporters – but with the signature count plateauing and Sochi Winter Games approaching, Moyer’s looking for a second wind.
So laid back is chef Mandel Hitzer, you wouldn’t think his restaurant has seen line-ups out the door. Or, that his staff has had to turn customers away. Yet Deer + Almond, occupying the former location of Princess Grill at 85 Princess Street, and named by WHERE Winnipeg magazine as one of Canada’s Top 10 New Restaurants in 2012, has been such a hit since opening in April of that year, that it meant a personal milestone for Hitzer: he was able to call his parents and say they needn’t worry about him anymore.