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The year's best LGBTQ film is by and about queer women — something still all too rare

Céline Sciamma is one of the few queer female voices on major film festival stages, and that needs to change.
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'I hadn't been to pride before… because I didn't feel like I was LGBT enough'

Tosconni is a transgender man who experienced some dark days as a teenager — but things are changing for him. Watch now.
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With a little help from a famous drag queen, Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser is re-imagining the symphony

The new doc Disruptor Conductor shows how the orchestral conductor is changing who his work is for.
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How I had the hot girl summer I needed — with a lil' help

From Pose to Lizzo to Lil' Nas X, the queer town road to self-love paved the way for me to turn crisis into opportunity.

Candy Palmater recommends 3 LGBTQ books you should read now

The actor, comedian and former lawyer's reading tastes are as eclectic as her resume.

Two conversion therapy survivors want protections for LGBTQ youth

Two gay men who survived traumatic attempts to make them straight want young New Brunswickers protected from conversion therapy.

30 years after coming out, two-spirit elder hopes to inspire others to do the same

Ojibwe-Cree author Ma-Nee Chacaby will be one of six Grand Marshals at Montreal’s Pride parade.

Woman fired by Montreal Pride after writing report critical of poor ties with city's black communities

Sophia Sahrane says she was fired less than an hour after submitting a report that concluded Montreal Pride wasn’t doing enough to reach out to black queer Montrealers.

Why I'm no longer okay with being a 'basic gay'

To Thomas Leblanc, being queer goes beyond gender identity and sexual orientation. It's about embracing the parts of ourselves that go against the rest of the world.
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Gaynadian apparel: This "pop and pop" shop turns Canadian LGBT history into must-have shirts

Jonny House and Sandy Watts are queering the north by offering you some fabulous new wardrobe options.

Introducing Drag Syndrome, a group of outspoken drag artists with Down syndrome

The group has quickly gained popularity and international acclaim since its debut in 2018. The members have performed in nightclubs, concerts and festivals across Europe, and Montreal Pride Week marks the first stop of their North American tour.

Is Montreal's Gay Village becoming less gay?

As the city celebrates Pride weekend, experts debate how to preserve the Gay Village's unique identity.

Once upon a time in the Scottish Highlands: a queer and magical love story

10 years ago, Tilda Swinton and Mark Cousins’s ‘A Pilgrimage’ changed my life forever — and I'm not alone.
PROUD TO SHINE

'There's still a lot of work to be done': Windsor LGBT advocate reflects on coming out journey

When Colm Holmes made the choice to come out as gay 10 years ago, he was worried about the ramifications.
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Meet 4 daring kids chasing freedom & friendship through drag

There’s a new type of queen: fierce & younger than ever. Meet 4 kids from different cities, united by a deep love of drag. Now, they’re coming together to do the biggest show of their lives. Watch now.

'Aging Gayfully' working to shatter LGBTQ taboos in Quebec retirement homes

Aging Gayfully, now in its 10th year of operation, works to make seniors' residences a more welcoming environment for the LGBTQ community.
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Take a trip to Pride celebrations around the world in this wonderful new docu-series

From Calgary to Hong Kong, filmmakers Mark Kenneth Woods and Michael Yerxa want to show you the queer world.

Politicians, but still not parties, welcome to march in Calgary Pride

The announcement from Calgary Pride is in response to its earlier decision to reject all political parties from marching after a jury process left only the NDP eligible.

UBC Library exhibit shows queer history through curated display

A love letter written in code, educational pamphlets and a dictionary written in a secret language are just a few of the items displayed at A Queer History, 1869-1969 at UBC. 

City of Vancouver hosts official kickoff to Pride Week 2019

It’s officially Pride Week in Vancouver. Mayor Kennedy Stewart, city council, the Vancouver Pride Society and other members of the community held a ceremony Monday for the reading of the Pride Week proclamation and to raise the Pride and trans flags outside city hall.

New space for LGBTQ youth in Tignish to 'be themselves'

For a couple of hours each month LGBTQ youth in Tignish, P.E.I., will be able to gather for a new peer support program starting this fall. 

Pride bench unveiled in B.C. village where council refused rainbow crosswalk

Village council in Valemount, B.C. denied a request for a rainbow crosswalk three years ago and one business owner decided it was time for a community symbol of LGBT recognition.

Alternative Pride celebrates drag and more with 5 nights of queer events

Alternative Pride is a festival of LGBTQ+ events taking place in the city all week. The events are put on by artists, according to director and drag artist Continental Breakfast. Here are five highlights from the festival.
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Thousands line the streets of London for 25th annual Pride Parade

Organizers say there were 126 floats and more than 10,000 marchers. An estimated 25,000 also came out to watch the event.

Thousands mark P.E.I. Pride at parade in Charlottetown

Thousands of Islanders gathered in downtown Charlottetown on Saturday for the P.E.I. Pride parade. The event marked 25 years since the first Pride march on the Island in 1994.

First Pride parade in Williams Lake, B.C., launches this weekend

The Williams Lake Pride Society has taken part in parades for other events in the past, such as at last year's stampede, but this is the first time they are having their own event.
Proud to Shine

Tell us your 'Proud to Shine' story and march with us in the Pride parade

In celebration of Pride, we're calling all allies and members of the LGBTQ+ community to share their stories!

Calgary Pride's decision to bar political parties from parade sets 'high standard'

In a blind-jury point system, Calgary Pride says only one party would have made the grade: the NDP.
Queeries

Killing Patient Zero: How a Quebec flight attendant was falsely accused of bringing AIDS to America

Laurie Lynd's new film debunks the myth surrounding Gaétan Dugas once and for all.

'I was told to keep hiding': Arab trans community starts support group to fill gap

As a Lebanese-Canadian, who came out as a transgender woman, Nona Abdallah said losing contact with her parents, and a sense of community because of that decision, has been difficult. That's what prompted her to help start a peer support group for Arab, Middle Eastern and North African youth.

How to be a good ally during Pride, and anytime

The P.E.I. Pride Festival kicked off this week and with rainbow flags and other paraphernalia everywhere, some people may wonder the best and most respectful ways to support the LGBTQ community if they're not part of that group.

Cult classic musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch will play P.E.I. for Pride

The transgender rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch is coming to Charlottetown for a two-night engagement during pride week, with a Maritimer in the title role of Hedwig.

Vancouver Pride bans library from parade over event featuring 'transphobic' activist

The Vancouver Public Library has joined the list of institutions barred from Vancouver's Pride Parade, in response to a talk at the central branch earlier this year that featured a "transphobic and anti-sex worker speaker."

Reflections on P.E.I.'s first Pride march — 25 years later

The first Pride march on P.E.I. 25 years ago was focused on including sexual orientation in P.E.I.'s Human Rights Act.

Calgary Pride denies parade applications for all political parties

This year you won’t see partisan branding at Calgary’s annual pride parade.

Moms offering free hugs during P.E.I. Pride Week and beyond

Teressa Peters of Charlottetown is a hugger — she has founded Free Mom Hugs Canada, a group of people who want to offer hugs and support to P.E.I.'s LGBTQ community. 

'GSAs save lives': Protester says LGBTQ community feels ignored by Alberta government

Members of Calgary's LGBTQ community say they don't feel heard by the UCP government, after not a single member attended a protest on Sunday despite multiple MLAs being invited. 

Small community shows big support for Pride

The Pride Parade in Victoria, on P.E.I.'s South Shore, may seem small by many standards, but that's not the point, says organizer Rachel MacLeod.

Coming out in N.L.: 3 stories of empowerment

Three people, three different experiences coming out in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Vancouverites walk out of the closet for gay history tour

Less than 25 years before the paint dried on Vancouver's permanent rainbow crosswalk, Davie Street was the target of bombings.

How LGBT renters in Vancouver are finding safe living spaces

LGBT renters aren't just contending with Vancouver's pricey rental market. There's an added worry: whether their sexual orientation or gender identity will hinder their search, and finding spaces where they can feel safe.

Permanent rainbow and trans Pride flags a 'step forward' for Calgary, says advocate

Calgary's Stephen Avenue Walk is about to get more permanently colourful with gay and trans Pride flags painted on the pedestrian mall that cuts across the city's downtown.

Vogue, Gucci, Bergdorf: Vancouver self-portrait artist finds his place in high fashion

Lyle Reimer says he's always felt like an outsider growing up. Now that he's found his voice, he hopes his avant-garde art will help others feel like they are understood.
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Forbidden Vancouver's Really Gay History Tour

Glenn Tkach says people are often surprised and moved by the stories he shares on his tour
Proud to Shine

Tell us your 'Proud to Shine' story and march with us in the Pride parade

In celebration of Pride, we're calling all allies and members of the LGBTQ+ community to share their stories!
Proud to Shine

Meet the Londoner embracing identity and ethnicity on Sephora's new billboards

Londoner Mina Gerges, an actor and body positive model, is among seven Canadians who have been selected to share their stories of triumph through beauty brand Sephora’s summer campaign We Belong to Something Beautiful.

Margaret Cho taught me self love before it was trendy

Chosen Family's Tranna Wintour got to speak to her childhood hero in the latest episode of the podcast, along with co-host Thomas Leblanc.

Anglican Church in Ottawa to continue performing gay marriages

The Anglican Diocese of Ottawa will continue to recognize and perform same-sex marriages despite last week's vote at the church's national assembly in Vancouver, its bishop has confirmed. 

Transgender murders in Honduras stoking fear of backlash against LGBT rights

The murder of three transgender women in Honduras this month has raised fears that a push for LGBT rights in the country has prompted a backlash.

B.C. bishop relieved after Anglican Church gives dioceses choice to perform LGBT unions

Bishop Logan McMenamie was devastated when the Anglican Church of Canada struck down approval of same-sex marriage, but is relieved the church is now granting individual dioceses the right to perform LGBT unions if they wish.
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Holy Schitt: The Emmy nominations are really good — and really queer

From Pose to Special to Nanette, LGBTQ folks are heavily represented this year.

'This is my spiritual home': Gay Winnipeg Anglicans respond to church's rejection of same-sex marriage

The Anglican Church of Canada's vote to approve same-sex marriage failed Friday night at its general meeting in Vancouver. The decision is one that is felt by LGBTQ Anglicans in Winnipeg. 

'An exploration of gender:' Increasing number of women performing drag

Traditionally, drag queens are men who dress up and perform as women. But as drag becomes more mainstream, the art form is being more widely adopted by all genders.
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Navigating 2 identities: Being black and gay in Nova Scotia

CBC’s Information Morning held a discussion panel to talk about the intersection of identity for people who are both black and gay. Panellists included Halifax Pride chair Morgan Manzer, social worker and activist Robert Wright, and drag performer Cole Dorfschmidt.
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We need to talk about the dinner party scene in the Tales of the City reboot

Instead of yelling at each other about the specific hardships we've faced, we need to start listening and stop vilifying.

9 Canadian love stories to read this summer

Looking for your next summer read? Check out one of these heartwarming love stories.

Ottawa looking at Criminal Code reforms to deter 'shameful' conversion therapy

The federal government is calling on all provincial governments to stop conversion therapy while it considers changes to the Criminal Code to block the practice.

Sudbury Pride Prom set for LGBT teens

As Pride week continues in Sudbury, the youth representative on the organizing committee says one event in particular will allow young people to truly be themselves.

UBC barred from Vancouver Pride Parade for hosting controversial speaker

The University of British Columbia is barred from marching in the Vancouver Pride Parade after allowing a controversial figure to speak on campus earlier this summer.

Sudbury woman reflects on coming out in the 1980s

Deep down, Mary Ann Ricker always knew she was a lesbian but for years she lived in secret before opening up.

Greater Sudbury's 22nd Pride week kicks off today

Sudbury's 22nd Pride week kicks off on Monday, with a lot of support from community partners. The city's first Pride march was in 1997, when 200 marched in public for the first time in Sudbury to show support and solidarity with the LGBTQ community.

Halifax Pride pulls promotional photo over blackface allegations

Halifax Pride has removed one of its promotional photos because it received complaints that the image, which some say appears to be a person in blackface, offends black people.
Point of View

Going to the straight pride parade? Me neither

Equality is about ensuring others aren't forced to do without all of the same rights and privileges that you have, writes Dwayne Tuck.

No police uniforms allowed in Victoria Pride Parade

The 26th annual Victoria Pride Parade takes place this Sunday and after consultation with the LGBT community, Victoria police officers will participate in the parade but have agreed not to wear their uniforms.

'It's been a family for me': Queer Improv Society of Vancouver celebrates 13 years of stories and laughs

The Queer Improv Society of Vancouver is celebrating its 13th anniversary Wednesday night at the Junction Pub on Davie Street. The free and inclusive event will kick off the Queer Improv Festival, which is set to help celebrate Pride in B.C. throughout July.
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With their podcast Chosen Family, BFFs Thomas Leblanc and Tranna Wintour are queering your commutes

The Montreal comedians are letting queer friendship shine bright in the new season of their CBC podcast.
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Queer characters are most radical when they get to be ordinary

Lauren Morelli, writer-producer of Netflix's new Tales of the City and Orange is the New Black, talks to the Chosen Family hosts about what's still missing from LGBT stories and conversations.

What the Stonewall Inn means to the LGBT civil rights movement

In 2016, former U.S. president Barack Obama designated the Stonewall Inn in New York City as America's first national monument to the LGBT civil rights movement. In this Day 6 documentary, three members of the LGBT community reflect on the 1969 Stonewall uprisings, and how they're remembered today.
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Fear, harsh words, violence: All things trans people endure in the service industry

Working in the service industry as a transgender person isn't easy. Some people say they still fear for their safety when customers walk through the door and are forced to endure verbal abuse behind the counter.

50 years after Stonewall: New York City's transgender community feels left behind

Fifty years after the riots at the Stonewall Inn in New York's Greenwich Village gave birth to the modern gay rights movement, some in the city's transgender community say it hasn't shared in the progress gained by others. Violence, police harassment and job discrimination are still a daily struggle, they say.
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The fear of being a trans woman in a service industry setting

Angelica Grace Ives is a 21-year-old trans woman. Working in the service industry has made her hyper aware of her surroundings.
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Canada has had way more than 69 Super Queeroes. Here are a few we missed

Tommy Sexton, Evalyn Parry, Louis Negin, Keith Cole and a slew of younger folks deserve their capes too.

CBC Arts presents Super Queeroes: Celebrating Canada's LGBTQ pioneers

June of 1969 was a revolutionary moment for queer rights. 50 years later, we're celebrating Canadian artists who have shaped our country's rich LGBTQ history.

How far has the global LGBT movement come since Stonewall?

Join host Justin Ling and a panel of special guests in front of a live audience at the Human Rights Conference, part of World Pride in New York City marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

50 years after Stonewall riots, LGBT rights are in 'midst of a backlash,' says activist

As the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City approaches, we look back on the pivotal moment in the history of LGBT rights, and the progress still left to be made.

5 surprising LGBT stories you should know

All summer long, cbc.ca/pride will celebrate all aspects of LGBT life in Canada. Proud lesbian and CBC-lifer Lisa Ayuso shares five stories from site that took her by surprise.

Winnipeg doctor heads to U.S. to learn complicated gender-affirming surgeries

A plastic surgeon is leaving Manitoba for two years to learn how to do bottom surgery for transgender patients who must travel out of province to have the life-changing operation done.

Q&A: Author Jacob Tobia says the Pope's position on LGBTQ people is wrong

As Toronto prepares for today's Pride parade, one of the largest in the world, CBC's The Weekly spoke to an author and LGBTQ activist who is critical of faith leaders who deny the rights of trans and queer people.
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Edmonton couple excited to raise two-spirit awareness on Amazing Race Canada

From worry to excitement, an Edmonton couple competing in Season 7 of The Amazing Race Canada has gone through a flurry of emotions.

'No more hate in the Hammer': Anti-hate demonstration meets yellow vest protest outside city hall

At least 50 people showed up for a peaceful anti-hatred demonstration outside Hamilton City Hall Saturday morning, separated from yellow vest protesters and Proud Boy members by a "safety zone" filled with police officers.

Morden's LGBTQ community touched by love, honks of support in first Pride

The first one will be remembered as a celebration of hundreds, resplendent in colourful attire, marching down a sidewalk in a traditionally conservative community Saturday to hollers of support and honks by many who drove past. 

'They're never going to stop us': Trans March kicks off Pride weekend amid concerns about safety

When Mira Yilmaz left Turkey to come to Canada, she had high hopes she would have an easier time finding acceptance than she did in that country. But there are worries here too about safety at the Pride Parade and other festivities.

Taylor Swift has a new gay anthem and Pride flags are everywhere. Is this progress?

This year's Pride month marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and amidst the sea of rainbow flags and corporate sponsors, some LGBT activists say the corporatization of Pride poses problems for the movement.

Inspiring LGBTQ Canadians and allies tell us what they're proud of this year

Awesome strides, statements and more, worth calling out.
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When figure skating champ Kurt Browning met drag queen Skirt Browning

Shauna Fay, known today as drag queen Skirt Browning, idolized Kurt Browning when she was growing up. So what happened when Kurt met Skirt?

U.S. psychoanalysts apologize for labelling homosexuality an illness

The American Psychoanalytic Association apologizes for past views treating homosexuality as a mental illness.
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Unapologetically Latinx and queer: Why I think everyone should be watching Vida

Amanda Parris: "I can already tell you that this female-led story only gets better."

LGBT officers shouldn't have to 'put aside' their identity as police to march in Pride, expert says

LGBT officers says they are caught in the middle of the fractured relationship between the community and police, as offices are banned from marching in uniform in the Pride parade for the third straight year.

Chosen Families: Podcasts for Pride Month

June is Pride Month! In celebration, we're listening to podcasts that focus on an important part of the LGBT community: chosen families.

Chief says police would have deployed differently if they were welcome at Pride

Hamilton Police chief Eric Girt says police officers stuck to the perimeter of Gage Park during this year's Pride festival at the request of event organizers.

Thomas Leblanc & Tranna Wintour, hosts of the Chosen Family podcast, share the books they love

The Montreal comedians are launching the new season of the CBC podcast Chosen Family, which shines a light on "the intersection of art, identity and sexuality."

Majority of residents say Sask. is becoming more welcoming to LGBTQ community: poll

In a poll conducted by the University of Saskatchewan for the CBC, 78 per cent of 400 respondents said that they either somewhat or strongly agreed that Saskatchewan has become more welcoming to the LGBTQ2+ community in the last five years.
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Coming out was like leaping off a high dive

Imagine being atop a high dive for 28 years. For me, climbing that high dive was accepting my sexuality. Taking that step off the platform equated to finally saying something out loud that I hadn’t even whispered to myself yet.

'I'm disabled. Google it': The star of Netflix's Special is done making you feel comfortable

Writer and actor Ryan O'Connell joins the Chosen Family podcast to talk about his experiences as a gay man living with cerebral palsy.

Queer 101: Pronouns, gender, and and how to use that acronym

A seminar provided by OUTSaskatoon for Pride makes navigating queer communities as a straight person a little easier.

12 books by Canadian LGBTQ writers for younger readers

Celebrate Pride Month by reading a YA, middle-grade or picture book created by a Canadian LGBTQ author.

Police took 'far too long' to respond to 'violent' Pride protest: Pride Hamilton

Pride Hamilton says it believes a physical confrontation that broke out at the Hamilton Pride festival Saturday could have been prevented by police who took "far too long" to respond.

'We need to be visible': Two-spirit powwow gives dancers a place to be themselves

A two-spirit powwow was held to show LGBTQ community members that they belong.

LGBT investing group Gaingels makes its 1st Canadian deal

A U.S.-based investment group whose members invest their money in companies with progressive social values and LGBT leadership has made its first deal in Canada.

Regina bisexual, pansexual group joins Pride parade to show they're here and proud

Last year, Annaliese Bos decided to participate in the Queen City Pride Parade for the first time, hoping to join the bisexual and pansexual group in the walk. She quickly found out there wasn't one — so she started Bi/Pan Regina, which marched in this year's parade.