Happy World Pride!!’

Happy World Pride!!’

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Happy Pride!!! (And congrats to my friends Meryn and Ian who tied the knot at the big gay wedding in the castle yesterday!!!) Thanks to BrilliantKnitWit for the pic!! 
The GridTO covers the hatred on the street where I live. (I’m not Carmen, but I love someone who uses that name when she plays Scrabble…)

The GridTO covers the hatred on the street where I live. (I’m not Carmen, but I love someone who uses that name when she plays Scrabble…)

#YesAllWomen Because the unique blend of misogyny and homophobia means that we are subjected to harassment and threats of violence because we are out, proud, strong dykes.  Even in the face of this solidarity on the street, the homophobes living next door are removing flags, and destroying them in front of our house and leaving them burnt and ripped in neighbours mailboxes. 

(Photo stills from Kate Green @ Kate Green Films)

My partner and I have for the last year been the target of harassment and homophobia on our little street in Toronto. It escalated in the last month to hate speech, centered around my being a butch dyke, and then targeting both of us with (amongst other things) threats based on homophobia. While I experience homophobia in my everyday life either around my gender, or obvious queerness and I deal with it directly where I can, it is a completely different thing to see my partner subjected to it. I am impacted differently when I witness the homophobia happening to someone else, especially someone I love. It is impossible for me to stand by and not advocate for her safety with her and (with her terms in mind) for her. Throughout the past month or so I’ve posted about the hate and homophobic harassment on Facebook, alerting my community to what is happening, and I’ve taken a lot of heat for speaking up. But after we were subjected to hours of an onslaught two weeks ago, my friend Dino told me about an action by neighbours on another street in Toronto in response to homophobia, and that set me in motion. With one email, my neighbour Daphne informed our small street what was happening, and invited them to meet up with the two of us last weekend and display the solidarity and pride sign my colleague Annie created, and fly one of the many rainbow flags I picked up (we ran out of both.) Now 20 houses are flying daily reminders that our neighbourhood will not tolerate hatred and homophobia, and that we aim to create a community based on respect, moving beyond acceptance. When I walk on Bright Street, I’m proud on more than one level and the solidarity is helping us deal with the level of ignorance and hate we are subjected to on a daily basis. I’m grateful every day. 

How sweet is this email that just hit my box???!!??

How sweet is this email that just hit my box???!!??

Here she is again! 

Here she is again! 

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Tags: dyke style

Ellen Page’s butch stylings:
One of the perks of being an out lesbian: being able to wear whatever you want. Less than three weeks after her big speech, Page attended theVanity Fair Oscar party wearing a leather-accented Saint Laurent tux by Hedi Slimane. “I felt happy and confident and the difference was huge,” says Page. (She uses celebrity stylist Samantha McMillen, who also dressed Page for this cover story.) For years, she endured pressure to conform to industry standards, i.e., dresses, but those days are over. On April 12, she donned the double-breasted Saint Laurent jacket from her FLARE shoot for the GLAAD Media Awards. The following evening, she appeared at the MTV Movie Awards decked out in the leather pants, untucked oxford shirt and tie also featured here. -Flare Magazine 

Ellen Page’s butch stylings:

One of the perks of being an out lesbian: being able to wear whatever you want. Less than three weeks after her big speech, Page attended theVanity Fair Oscar party wearing a leather-accented Saint Laurent tux by Hedi Slimane. “I felt happy and confident and the difference was huge,” says Page. (She uses celebrity stylist Samantha McMillen, who also dressed Page for this cover story.) For years, she endured pressure to conform to industry standards, i.e., dresses, but those days are over. On April 12, she donned the double-breasted Saint Laurent jacket from her FLARE shoot for the GLAAD Media Awards. The following evening, she appeared at the MTV Movie Awards decked out in the leather pants, untucked oxford shirt and tie also featured here. -Flare Magazine 

Had an amazing time speaking and networking at Youth+Tech+Health Live and glad to be headed home.