Mad Pride takes to the street on July 13.
What did you call me?
When a local cop told a group of women not to dress like "sluts" if they didn't want to get raped, he started a global movement that's spread to more than 200 countries in just three years. March with your sisters at SlutWalk Toronto to stand in solidarity for the right to live free of violence, victim-blaming and slut-shaming. The walk to sexual freedom starts at 3 pm Saturday (July 12) at Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen West, and ends at Queen's Park with speeches from 4 to 5 pm. Free. slutwalktoronto.com.
Maniacs on mattresses
There's power in reclaiming words, and that's just what Mad Pride is all about. "I am he, as you are me, and we are all together = not Other." Call yourself a "lunatic," "psycho" or "nutter" - just don't call yourself late for this parade. Let your freak flag fly and use your crazy power at the Mad Pride Bed Push parade. Starting at noon Sunday (July 13) at the Parkdale Activity and Recreation Centre, 1499 Queen West, the march ends at Trinity Bellwoods with a picnic in the park. Free. madpridetoronto.com.
A stitch in time...
At first blush, knitting looks like a solitary activity. But peek into a yarn shop and you'll see knitters socializing while working away, and lately knitting's taken on an activist tinge. During The Great TTC Knitalong on Saturday (July 12), knitters and crocheters ply their craft on public transit while they make their way to knitting shops. The $15 registration fee goes to Sistering, which provides women with support, services and programs to help them gain new control over their lives. Pre-register at ttcknitalong.blogspot.com.