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Just wanted to let everyone know that there's a new project called T-GUAVA (Trans Girls United Against Violent Assault) starting up at Springtide Resources. It's a by trans youth, for trans youth project aimed at ending intimate partner abuse against trans people!
And we need YOUR help! We want your comments, ideas, and opinions, so we're holding a Community Consultation. Here are the details:
When? June 23rd, from 7 pm to 8 pm.
Where? The 519 Church Street Community Centre, Room 303. (at 519 Church St., near Wellesley Station)
Who should come? Trans youth 27 and under (29 and under for people living with disabilities)! Trans women, trans men, genderqueers, and everyone else are welcome!
Is it accessible? This event is wheelchair accessible. We will also provide ASL interpretation.
FREE TTC tokens and food for those who come!
So please come check it out!
Thanks so much,

~Morgan M. Page
Youth Leader, Young Women's Program
Springtide Resources
25th-May-2010 11:05 am - FREE MUSIC...
Hey everyone,

This Thursday (the 27th) the Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar is presenting an early free show of live music. BC's Kate Reid plays "dyke folk with a kick".

Show starts at 7:30pm.
1214 Queen Street West


Kate's website

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Family Guy an animated television series on Fox aired an extremely transphobic episode on Mother's Day. The episode called "Quagmire's Dad" was about a big life change for his father, a recognized Navy war hero veteran. The episode is filled with homophobic and transphobic language and judgment.


Take action by emailing askfox@fox.com and tell them to pull the episode off the air.
23rd-Apr-2010 01:23 pm - LGBTQ Newcomers Spring Meetup

Sorry for the last minute post!


*Make Friends*Free Dinner*Fun and Happiness*Information and Resources*


For lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer (LGBTQ+)



Friday, April 23, 2010 from 6pm to 9pm

At Access Alliance

340 College Street, Suite 500

(one block west of College/Spadina)

This event is free!


Let us know you will be attending

416-324-8677 ext 309




Hosted by Among Friends

Funded by Ontario Trillium Foundation

Also: Save The Date!!

Among Friends Conference,

June 11. 2010

More Details to follow!



Free for youth, $5-$10 s/s for adults


Come celebrate Pink Ink’s annual zine launch with writing and ranting by talented queer and trans youth! Hosted by Karine Silverwoman and Joseph Soobram.

Stick around for Elle Niño, co-founder and DJ of queer hip hop jam Yes Yes Y’all, spinning hip hop, R&B, reggae, electro and 90’s classics. This is an all ages event – everyone’s invited!

Pink Ink is a weekly creative writing drop-in facilitated by queer community artist and activist Karine Silverwoman. It is a program of Supporting Our Youth and Sherbourne Health Centre and is sponsored by the Toronto Arts Council.

10 Reasons To Riot - Pink Ink's first zine, voted NOW Magazine "Best Zine of 2005."

This year we are excited to have our launch be a part of the Mayworks Festival of working people and the arts.



and by Granny Boots

Granny Boots is early evening entertainment for queer folk who like to be in bed by 11. Every Wednesday Ryan G. Hinds curates a different theme, host or event: from live music to drag, radical politics to spoken word, you and your Granny get to be home early AND entertained all in one night!


check out the facebook page http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=106888606013420&ref=ts
25th-Mar-2010 09:15 pm - VOTE VOTE VOTE!!

So...a lovely couple entered a contest to win their photography for their wedding. They need your support to win! so lets come together and support our lesbian comrades and help make there wedding even better.

Click on the link www.winmywedding.ca/ register and vote for Alishia & Christine!! 10 stars!!

It will only take a few minutes!

This is a good thing, completely selfless.

Can you feel the good karma coming back to you already.

Many many thanks!

Don't forget to spread the news! Vote Alishia & Christine!!! www.winmywedding.ca/
20th-Mar-2010 06:48 pm - NEW WEDNESDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTY!
Hey Everyone,


Shane MacKinnon and I (Kaleb Robertson) are starting a new weekly dance party in the Melody Bar at the Gladstone Hotel. We'll be there every week after Granny Boots starting around 10pm. Each week will feature different DJs and will include established ones as well as giving new DJs a space to play. There's never a cover for Granny Boots or Vitamin G! Queer entertainment and dancing for free every week!

Our mega launch party is coming up on March 24th and will feature four DJs to keep the dance floor going. Shane MacKinnon, Cozmic Cat, and Gangbangaz (Andrew Awesome and Babs Procon).

The following week on March 31st newer DJ Daddy K will team up with Nik Red to play the night away.

Here's the Facebook event:

Facebook Group: (if you join we promise not to harass you with messages, just once a month!)

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11th-Mar-2010 10:32 am - Next Wednesday night!
Looking for something fun to do for St. Patrick's Day? Or you don't care about St. Paddy and just want to see a hilarious show that happens to fall on March 17th?

Miss Fluffy Souffle and Fay Slift are taking over Granny Boots and bringing in Shane MacKinnon to DJ an after party!

Granny Boots is a FREE event every Wednesday at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. West). Doors are at 7:30pm and performances will start at 8pm!!!!!

Check out our Facebook event if you'd like:

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11th-Feb-2010 04:15 pm(no subject)
Pride Canada
My friend just moved here and was looking to meet people in the city as am I. We're looking for a community to meet up with people from the gay/lesbian community of Toronto. We're both in relationships so we're not looking to meet people for dating, just to hang out.

Any suggestions? Are there any clubs or events we can join/attend?

Also, is there gay bingo in this city?
7th-Feb-2010 10:56 am(no subject)
I had the best experience ever at a massage therapist last week and I wanted to pass on her contact info in case anyone was looking for a queer/trans friendly RMT/osteopath. I had been given a gift certificate in June last year but put off going, partly because of my own insecurities and body issues. She was totally sweet, very concerned with making sure I was comfortable, and knowledgeable about trans stuff. We discussed scars and surgeries and it was really nice to hear her perspective and recommendations. When I have the money I'm definitely going to see her again.

(my main reason for going, by the way, was my bad back. besides all the other stuff we talked about she gave me info on my back that I've been trying to seek out for over 10 years)

Stacey Houserman
Harbord Health Centre
100 Harbord Street
1 bedroom available in spacious top-floor apartment of a 3-floor building in Roncesvalles area. We've got a great balcony, and are close to amenities on Roncesvalles and 24 hour streetcar access along Roncesvalles, Queen and College. Two clean, quiet, trans -positive queer women seeking a roommate without pets. 500$ all inclusive, +shared phone and internet (if you'd like). Available Mar 1st.

email bitsofstring (at) yahoo (dot) ca for more info, or to come and take a look!

Cheat or Cheated? Gender Injustice In Sport

An engaging student debate on whether or not gender testing is necessary in elite athletics and the Olympic Games, and talk by Dr. Ann Travers, gender and sports sociologist at Simon Fraser University.

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 at 5:00 PM
Debates Room, Hart House
University of Toronto
7 Hart House Circle

This is a FREE and accessible event. Reception with refreshments to follow at 7:00 PM


Round Table Workshop

Beyond Gender Injustice: Re-envisioning Sport

The debate will be followed by a Round Table Workshop. Beyond Gender Injustice: Re-envisioning Sport, Wednesday, February 3 at 10:00 AM. Dr. Ann Travers will co-facilitate this round table workshop that offers a more intimate setting in which to explore barriers and challenges to integrating all people in sport.

Please RSVP for this workshop: david.pereira@utoronto.ca.
29th-Jan-2010 12:30 pm - are you a competitive athlete?
Do you identify with any of the following terms?

Gender Queer    Transgender    Man    Transsexual
Two-Spirited    Woman    Trans    Androgynous
Or perhaps one that didn’t make my list?

If you live in or around Kingston or Toronto, Ontario and are an athlete who identifies with the trans community and currently participates in or has recently retired from competitive organized sport you may eligible to participate in my study.
I am a Master’s student at Queen’s University and I am currently looking for Canadian, English speaking athletes over the age of 18 to interview for my thesis on the experiences of trans-identified athletes and sport. My goal is to explore how trans-identified athletes deal with the sex and gender expectations in mainstream Canadian sport. Your involvement would entail one conversational interview, which would last between 90 and 120 minutes. I am also looking for people to participate in a group discussion with other trans-identified athletes. The group discussion would last about 120 minutes.
Interview and group discussion themes will include: sport and identity background, relations between gender and sport, marginalization and support, barriers to participation and the future of sport. You can choose to participate in either the interview or the group discussion or both the interview and the group discussion. I will do my best to ensure your confidentiality by using pseudonyms in all interview and focus group transcripts.
If you are interested in participating in my study or would like more information please contact me by email at 6bb29@queensu.ca. Please be sure to include your name, contact information for your preferred mode of communication (e.g., email address, home or cellular number), and indicate your sport experience.
This study has been reviewed and has received ethics clearance through the Office of Research Services at Queen’s University. Finally, in appreciation for your participation you will receive a $5 dollar gift card to a local coffee shop.
26th-Jan-2010 10:51 am - Call for participants
Call for Participants "Can Feminism Pay the Bills?"

Wednesday Febraury 17, 8pm
The Tranzac

A night of creative, comedic, academic, grassroots, and musical responses to the topic of feminism and money. From personal finances to organizational funding, we've all felt the squeeze and it's time for this movement to pay up! How can we balance demanding recognition of our labour and support of non-profits we believe in? How do we talk about inequity and lack of resources when many of us have dinner on the table and a roof over our heads? How can we sell this thing to make a cool million? Come out and learn and laugh about where our collective stocks are sitting, how to increase their value, and when we should just sell.

Contact: Kate-Christine Miller - ladyfesttoronto@gmail.com - tel:416-536-4621

[note: I'm not one of the organizers for this, just passing it along!]
⚔ time keeps slipping away
Basically as the title implies, my roommate and I are looking to move on in to Toronto come the summer/early fall. We don't have a huge budget but we're willing to split three ways if people are looking for two roomies if necessary. Generally, we're just looking for some resources on what's a good place to look for a decent sized and decent priced apartment (or even basement) in the Downtown area.

Web listings and sights would be great if you have any.
We're thinking of taking a weekend every month to head down there and look ourselves so if you know of any good places to do that have listings and such that would also be great.

Any little thing helps.

Peace, and many thanks.
15th-Dec-2009 06:05 pm - massage therapist?
can anyone recommend a q+ massage therapist? just looking for some relaxation at a reasonable rate on short notice.

Hope this post is okay!

Spectacular 1 bedroom apartment across from park in safe Annex (Seaton Village) neighborhood. Steps to TTC bus line, 7 min walk to Bathurst Subway stn, 15 min walk to Dupont subway stn. 5-10 minute walk to two grocery stores, Karma Coop, Bloor shops, and restaurants. 2 min walk to community center with skating rink, swimming pool, and other activities. Eat in kitchen, central AC, large private entrance/mud room with storage. Hardwood floors in living room and bedroom. Laundry and cable included. Use of backyard. Permit parking on street. Sorry, no pets/indoor smoking. $1240. Hydro extra. Available Feb 1. Landlords/upstairs neighbours are queer/trans positive.

For contact info and pictures, please visit http://www.viewit.ca/vwExpandView.aspx?ViT=93188 Please mention you saw this ad on live journal if you email/call. Thanks!
8th-Dec-2009 05:00 pm - New around these parts.
Hi there. Yep, another new face coming out to introduce herself, and to ask a question or two. First, the obligatory "how bi am I" explanation. ;)

I'm 39 and for most of my teen/adult life I've identified myself as straight. Not because I was positive of it, but because I was raised in a small Australian country town and to be gay or bisexual was unheard of. I did, however, have dreams about having sex with women sometimes and when I started having sex myself, I discovered that the penis didn't really do it for me. I also had a very tomboyish attitude, got out with guys better than girls as friends and tended to get called "lezzo" (insulting name for 'lesbian') at school a lot.

I got into a serious relationship with a guy when I was 18, just starting college. I'd taken a couple of tentative steps towards even thinking about the possibility I wasn't as straight as I had thought I was, but I'm extremely monogamous within a relationship and so all possibilities evaporated. This relationship lasted for twelve years and messed me up in more ways than I can explain right now. It was then, in my thirties and emotionally wrecked, that I a) discovered the joys of oral sex, b) made out with a woman for the first time at a party and c) found myself attracted to various female friends and acquaintances, and realised that perhaps the "straightest woman in the universe" as a lesbian friend had called me once, perhaps wasn't.

Now, here's my question. Where does a 39-year-old woman, living in a foreign country (I'm Australian, but I've lived in Toronto, Canada for four years) and newly accepting of her bisexuality, go for support and/or to meet people? I've tried online, but the only groups suitable for someone like me (who has no "gaydar" to speak of) haven't been updated since last year. I'd like to figure out more about my sexuality and perhaps find a "safe" place to ask questions and exchange stories and the like, without feeling like I'm being trendy or something.

Thanks in advance and hi!

(crossposted to bisexual_world
27th-Nov-2009 11:48 pm - Meeting People
& maggie

Hello Everyone,

I think I may have asked this question before, but I'd like to ask it again. How do you meet people in the LGBTQ Community?I currently live in Oakville Onatrio Canada, and have been trying to find more friends with the same interests and issues as me in the area. So far there has been very little progress. I've been going to coffee meetings & youth groups run by a group called HOPE. It was good for a while, but I've started to notice that many people in the group are either a lot younger or older than me. I just feel very left out and while I've met people and have found afew friends. They are few and far between. I just want real lasting friendships.

I want to ask - how do you meet people in the queer community? Bars? Clubs? Support Groups?

Please help me.

Posted via LiveJournal.app.

25th-Nov-2009 03:29 pm - Ladyfest! Tonight!
Note: I'm not one of the organizers for this event, so please direct any questions to the emails provided.

7pm at the Gladstone (1214 Queen St W)

Join us to kick off this year's Ladyfest Toronto Festival at Granny Boots!

BOLLYWOOD BURLESQUE performance by Masti Khor
FLICKER ON OFF film by Caroline Koebel
QUEEROPOLIS film by Alexis Mitchell and Tori Foster
D-LISHUS and SHAMELESS word flow legends
NOLAN NATASHA, AIRHEART, and SARAH MANGLE bring beautiful music




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20th-Nov-2009 07:50 pm - Local breast binding products?
Does anyone know if I can find any breast binding products in the city? I don't really want to order online and have to wait for it and pay shipping.

18th-Oct-2009 10:16 am - FRESH TO DEF- THROW SHADE
w/ House of Monroe and DJ Blackcat
Wednesday October 28th -11pm
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Str. West

dj Blackcat spinnin R&B, Hip Hop, House, Ol `skool, Soca, Reggae & Dance

Fresh to def is a weekly party by and for 2-Spirit, Trans//Queer Indigenous, Black and Peeps of Colour. Everyones welcome.


October 7th: Fresh to Def ft. Swagger with Lissa Monet

October 14th: Roots! A Raucous Night of Fundraising ft performances by Nat n Kim, Troy, House of Monroe, Ayo Leilani and more

October 21st: Fresh to Def ft. Unruly Twin

October 28: DANCE CREW night w/DJ Blackcat n House of Monroe
Us on Myspace: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=485546662

Wednesday Nights at 11pm
Gladstone Hotel,1214 Queen W.

freshtodefwednesday@gmail. com
The Daily Mail, a daily British tabloid newspaper has published a disgusting homophobic piece about the death of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately.

10th-Oct-2009 02:59 am - Lesbian friendly Lawyers?
Does anyone have any recommendations for lesbian friendly (preferably female) lawyers in the Toronto/Brampton area?

Specifically, looking for someone with known donor contact & 2nd parent adoption experience.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.


Arthur Russell in the Kitchen
Saturday October 10
Tranzac (292 Brunswick Ave - Bloor and Bathurst)
Free seasonal soup!
Featuring: Alanna Stuart, Lisa Bozikovic, members of the Bicycles, the Adorables, Township Expansion and Ghost Bees, and MORE!


Ladyfest Presents...
B-I-N-G-O with Sara Hennessey!

Wednesday October 14th
Holy Oak Cafe (1241 Bloor St. W - Bloor and Lansdowne)

Musical performance by Eien Hi

Games start at 8PM sharp!
Pay-per-play with a winner every time!


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