Kamal Al-Solaylee leads a panel on gay persecution June 4.
End Hunger, Watch Meatballs
In a world where food could be plentiful, there's no excuse for the fact that starvation continues to dog people all over the planet. Action Against Hunger/Action contre la Faim (ACF) is an international humanitarian organization that fights hunger and its root causes worldwide. Support the org by attending the Meatballs 35th Reunion at the TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King West) on Wednesday (June 4) at 7:30 pm. A screening of the iconic summer comedy is followed by a panel discussion featuring writer and producer Dan Goldberg (The Hangover), producer Don Carmody (Chicago) and more. $35 (tax receipt for $20). actioncontrelafaim.ca/meatballs.
Put the fun between your legs
It's beautiful outside. So ring your bell and join the Bike Month Critical Mass Ride. Be part of a social movement by pedalling in solidarity with protesting cyclists everywhere. Retake the streets in the name of health, the environment and whatever else puts the wind in your sails. Starts at Bloor and Spadina, Friday (May 30); meet at 6 pm, ride at 6:30 pm. Free. facebook.com/groups/2246288900.
Journalism professor Kamal Al-Solaylee moderates a discussion entitled The Rainbow Railroad: Fleeing Anti-Gay Persecution. Arsham Parsi, founder of the Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees, who lives in exile in Canada, and immigration lawyer Michael Battista, chair of Rainbow Railroad, a volunteer organization that helps LGBTQ people facing violence or threats, discuss options available to queers facing persecution. Wednesday (June 4) at 7 pm. Free. Reference Library, 789 Yonge. torontopubliclibrary.ca.