Thursday, 13 December 2018

PSA: Along with many of you, the Sexual Health Centre of Cumberland County is deeply concerned that our county is the intended location for a religious gathering that will educate attendees, including youth, that homosexuality is a sin.

An outside consultant found that City Hall offers a terrible workplace environment for people who are Black, queer or female. This is not a personnel issue, this is about the occurrence of structural racism, homophobia and misogyny at our very own City Hall. We own that problem, and we need to be able to see for ourselves what our councillors are doing to fix it.

Last week Venus Envy, a beloved downtown Halifax book store and sex shop, came under attack. Transphobic radicals shut down a book launch scheduled in the store for May 17th. New contributor Lara Lewis on how the Halifax community responded, the story that still needs telling.

This weekend’s poem, night cemetery by Robin Metcalfe, was inspired by the ghastly murder of John William Tha Din in 1988 in the Halifax Camp Hill Cemetery, a well known gay cruising area at the time. It’s from Writing the Common, a wonderful collection of poems about the Halifax Commons by a great bunch of local poets, published in 2013, by Gaspereau Press.

This (very) short film by Halifax filmmaker Stephanie Young reminds us that being a trans woman, and especially a trans woman of colour, means you are at high risk of becoming targeted in violent hate crimes. When we talk about women’s issues, we should include trans women.

This weekend we feature Masculins, a wonderful short documentary by filmmaker Stephanie Young that portrays three individuals who identify mostly as females but also have distinct masculine identities. Also, a few words on how much I enjoy curating Weekend Videos.