April 2014, Volume 209
EXPLORING GIRL POWER
Long after James Brown finished crooning that “It's a Man's Man's Man's World” in 1966, there are still semblances of male favouritism all around us. Men still earn more cents to the dollar than women, occupy more high-ranking chief executive positions, and have an easier time finding clothes that fit (the last one is not backed by statistics, but probably should be). But with the stereotype of the shrinking violet no longer being a female role model, women nowadays are doing all they can to reclaim their place in the world, and they’re making great strides while they’re at it. But what about GLBTQ* women?
PINK MONEY: GLBTQ* POWER IN ADVERTISING
The traditional family unit has slowly dwindled over the years. The stereotypical ’50s advertisement featuring the picture-perfect family eating dinner at 5 p.m. with mom, dad and two children is no longer the norm. This begs the question, what does the normal family unit look like in today’s media? But more importantly, what does “normal” really mean?
MTS IS A GLBTQ* ALLY
Provincial telecommunications giant MTS recently introduced a series of internal changes with the aim of creating a more GLBTQ*-inclusive workplace.
Toronto student proposes gay segregation • Anti-gay law school questioned • Mr. Gay Diversity • Remembering Sochi’s problems
Facebook rejects gender binary • Fighting to change gender • On the outside supporting in • Wall of Love supports football player
INVESTMENTS FOR THE AGES
Are you an industrious saver? Or do you feel the future will take care of itself? Either way, how do you know whether you’re on the right track?
OutWords caught up with Evelyn Jacks, the nationally-known, Winnipeg-based writer and commentator on tax planning.
For the past couple of seasons, the Rainbow Harmony Project (RHP) choir has used “Stand Together” as their signature song at concerts. “Side by side we could be, growing hopes and dream. If we could stand together, we will sing forever of the dreams growing in our hearts,” and so the lyrics go. Those aren’t just cheap words for this inclusive choir; both straight and GLBTQ* members do indeed stand together, singing side by side at practices and concerts. And you can see their interaction for yourself at the upcoming RHP Spring Concert in May.
WINNIPEG COMEDY FESTIVAL GOES QUEER
This year’s Winnipeg Comedy Festival line-up includes five comedians from the GLBTQ* community. Founding artistic director and comedian Al Rae said, “One of the pillars of the comedy festival has always been this idea that you really can bring people to understand people that might be different than themselves through comedy.”
FUNNY WOMEN TAKE OVER FAME
Between selling sex toys in Osborne Village and finishing up a theatre degree at the University of Winnipeg, Melanie Dahling is cracking jokes about gender and feminism. But she’s not poking fun at the women’s rights movement; instead, she’s criticizing the way gender influences our behaviour and the double standard men and women are held to.
CHANTEL MAROSTICA BRINGS US GLBTQ* COMEDY
Chantel Marostica, a headliner in our growing local comedy scene, discovered that being gay is the “most hilarious part” of her. The Winnipeg comic, who’s “very evidently a lesbian,” has made her identity front-and-centre in her act, but is sure to make one thing clear.
SUICIDE GIRLS BRING SEXY, BUT FUNNY, SHOW TO WINNIPEG
International burlesque sensation Suicide Girls is going on a cross- Canada tour, and viewers are in for a funny and sexy treat.
CONFESSIONS FROM TORONTO MUSICIAN CLARA ENGEL
Engel describes herself as an artist working in the medium of song. “It's a big question,” she chuckled when I asked her to talk about herself. “I feel that I relate more to the concept of being a poet... than a songwriter,” she said. “I feel there is a false separation. There are numerous artists — like Patti Smith, Leonard Cohen — that probably would have been poets at other times."
MEN GET RAPED TOO: AN AUTHOR'S REVEALING BOOK AND Q&A
John Lennon was raped. At first he didn’t report it. He reported a theft by the same man to the police. Then he went back to report the rape. Then he wrote a book about it.
CONFERENCE EXPLORES WORK BY TRANSGENDER WRITERS
Because transgender arts and literature are not often understood on their own terms, and because when trans work is reviewed, it’s often viewed through stereotypical lenses, poet and University of Winnipeg assistant professor Trish Salah decided to organize Writing Trans Genres. Part academic conference and part performance cabaret, the three-day event at the University of Winnipeg will include panels, workshops, keynote speakers and presentations of papers on May 22 to 24.
As with most reality TV shows, the first questions about Brave New Girls are about realism. In episode five, when the show’s star Jenna Talackova loses her baggage, her publicist doesn’t seem to care about how upset Talackova is. Although this changes when she finds out Talackova’s estrogen is in the missing bags. In episode six, when Talackova confronts her cousin who referred to her as a “tranny” to a guy at the bar, the conversation feels forced and the anger fake.
Brother and Sister duo Ben and Chloe Chafe took an often heard conversation amongst friends and implemented it. The conversation was based on the question: why don’t the spaces we naturally go to have more queer friendly events? So, they called up Union Sound Hall, the new go to venue, and pitched the idea of Bangarang: a monthly celebration of GLBTQ* culture. They were welcomed with open arms and given the opportunity to see their ideas be brought to life. On Thursday March 27th, they did just that. The first of this monthly queer arts celebration kicked off to an enthusiastic and diverse crowd filled with people from all parts of our GLBTQ* acronym, as well as some allies. It was a place where one could comfortable dance and converse freely.
FASHION: SPRING INTO LEATHER
This spring, just as the runways had preached, the most supple leathers in the season’s freshest hues are everywhere. In icy blues and washes of grey, freshen your printemps wardrobe and stay warm while looking fabulous in the transition season. Made into shorts, skirts, tank tops and cropped pants, leather, a material often used during gloomier times of year, has been reinvented and interpreted by many designers and retailers.
COCKTAILS UNDER THE STARS RETURNS FOR ANOTHER YEAR
In the half-dozen years it existed, Cocktails in the Trees became one of the most antici- pated events of Pride Week, and for good reason. Staged in a gorgeous home in the heart of Wolesley, the evening of music, scrumptious food and fabulous cocktails never failed to keep guests chatting about the amazing experience for weeks after. Conceived as a humble fund- raiser for some of Winnipeg’s GLBTQ* organi- zations, Cocktails in the Trees had become a must-attend soirée.