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Pride 2018

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For LGBTQ activists familiar with the battles to win acceptance for marijuana as medicine, Tweed's Pride foray "to celebrate progress" comes amid the growing corporate takeover of medical cannabis in Canada more

Cannabis

Metropolitan Community Church Toronto's new pastor Jeff Rock has taken over leading the its Pride service, Church on Church Street, from Brent Hawkes. more

News

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Samuel Engelking

At the tail end of the thousands-strong event, organizers created a quieter atmosphere to commemorate the loss of queer and trans lives more

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Tanja-Tiziana

Notable Torontonians marches in Pride's 22nd annual Dyke March including city councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, activist Farrah Khan, musician Charlotte Day Wilson and comic Elvira Kurt. more

News

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Samuel Engelking

Kehlani headlined Toronto Pride at Yonge-Dundas Square, and the Oakland-based R&B/pop singer/songwriter's set mixed relatability and pop-star proficiency more

Concert reviews

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Samuel Engelking

At Pride Toronto's annual rally for transgender and non-binary folks, marchers called out police failure to take cases of missing and murdered trans people seriously. more

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Maxhole Edison

Bricks and Glitter will showcase young queer, trans and two-spirit artists, musicians and performers in venues across the city's west end more

Culture

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Sylvia Pereira

Stand-up comic Brandon Ash-Mohammed created monthly comedy showcase The Ethnic Rainbow to support LGBTQ+ comedians of colour who have felt excluded from Toronto's non-inclusive comedy scene. The June 23 show is an alternative Pride event for QBIPOC. more

Comedy

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Including the Pride Parade, Luminato's final weekend, Toronto Jazz Fest, Toronto Craft Beer Festival, Indigenous Day Live and Christie Pits Film Festival more

Culture

Andrew Kinsman

Samuel Engelking

Activists say the review is necessary to help ease the tension and mistrust between the LGBTQ+ community and police which is in “a state of crisis” more

News

Kehlani and Brandy are headlining, but many more performers and DJs active in queer scenes locally and internationally are also in town. We went deep into this year’s lineup to unearth some gems more

Features

Katy Perry released I Kissed A Girl a decade ago to heavy backlash from LGBTQIA+ communities. As the recent release of Rita Ora's Girls shows, the culture hasn't changed as much as we like to congratulate ourselves for. more

Features

Pride Toronto's new Plant-Based Zone features vegan and vegetarian food and lifestyle options like NONA's rainbow mac and cheese, VegHeads's soups and more. more

Food & Drink

With big pop stars letting their queer flags fly, music is basking in the LGBTQ+ rainbow like never before. Artists like Toronto's Witch Prophet are succeeding on their own terms, but the industry needs to realize queerness is more than a trend more

Features

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Samuel Engelking

While many comics should be household names – Scott Thompson, James Adomian and Guy Branum, for starters – the gay community would rather line up for an eighth-place Drag Race queen than see one of them more

Comedy

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Nearly half of all queer folks identify as bi, yet bisexuals and pansexuals have never had official representation at Pride. That changes at Pride Toronto 2018, where the Bi+ Pride initiative ensures bi visibility. more

Life

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The showcase for Black queer and trans talent continues to grow more

Features

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APTN show about an Indigenous entrepreneur and drag queen in macho Fort McMurray deftly touches on difficult themes more

Reviews

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Graham Powell

The success of the LGBTQ poster campaign Hall of Justice, running in Toronto schools and exhibiting during Pride, suggests support for progressive sex-ed more

Education

Here are some titles, published over the last year, to be proud of more

Books