Documenting the histories of local activism is of vital importance, and Before the Parade, a wonderful new book by Rebecca Rose on the history of Halifax’s gay, lesbian and bisexual communities in the seventies and early eighties is a very welcome addition.
This weekend’s weekend video features Toronto activist and singer Faith Nolan, with a rousing song about Viola Desmond. I found out about Faith’s connections with Nova Scotia while reading Before the Parade, a great book by Rebecca Rose about LGBTQ activism in Halifax in the seventies and early eighties. Watch the video and buy the book!
A bit of a book review, and an interview with Anne Bishop, who wrote the wonderful novel Under the Bridge, set in Halifax in the mid-nineties, one of these times in history when activism had real energy.
This weekend’s weekend video is a trailer for The Fruit Machine, a documentary about the hysterical witch hunt of gay civil servants here in Canada that continued well into the 1990s. The documentary will be screened in Halifax on Thursday Dec. 5
PSA>: Coffin Skate Shop is excited to announce that we will be hosting a queer holiday market and clothing swap on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019.
Our aim is to centre LGBTQ+ vendors and provide a platform where they can showcase art that may not be found at your typical holiday market.
Alex Kronstein reviews I Am Skylar, a short directed by Rachel Bower, about a young transgender woman from Cape Breton.
An interview with Chris Frazer, the Communist candidate in Central Nova. We talk about climate justice, poverty, turning rural Nova Scotia around, Boat Harbour, his activism to erase homophobia, and much more.
“To be Black and queer is to be a danger to the world, and I think that is beautiful.” Check out the trailer, than come to to the screening and panel discussion on Sunday July 21, at the North End Library.
Laura Shepherd, reflecting on the Transgender Day of Visibility and inspired by the wisdom of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, writes about being an older trans woman, allyship, friendship, and all the complexities that entails.
“That I and my trans peers harbour our own private doubts about the extent of the allyship we enjoy even among our closest friends underscores Miss Major’s assertion that it is time for “The people who care about us, who are involved in our lives, and who know us… to become more visible.”
Tuma Young: Tonight, February 15, I learned that my old friend Mary Ann Mancini has died. Mary Ann was one of the early 2SLGBTQ+ activists and her contribution to the movement was immense.