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December 17, 2014

The OUT Adventures founder on life in Canada's supercity – from Woofstock to nude beaches...

Robert Sharp, founder of gay tour operator Out Adventures, shares his favourite things to do in Toronto; from dog festivals to abseiling down major landmarks!

I moved here in…
2003, and I stayed because I found love! We are no longer together, but remain great friends, and own our business OUT Adventures together.

November 27, 2014

Canadian comedian Sabrina Jalees has posted a heartwarming video about coming out to her Muslim family, and how her dad showed her support when others rejected her

Sabrina Jalees confesses that before she came out, she was ‘kinda homophobic’. The reason? Her own fear in dealing with her sexuality.

Sabrina grew up in Toronto. She is the daughter of a Swiss mother, Ursula Frei, and Pakistani father, Sayed Jalees.

Having realized that she was attracted to women, she reached a stage when she says that she was ‘sick of lying’, which meant coming out to her family – a process she compares to ‘cliff diving’ in terms of scariness.

November 21, 2014

She wishes she could turn back time

Cher has cancelled her Dressed to Kill Tour on doctors' orders.

The legendary gay icon said she was 'devastated' and has pledged to finish it next year.

The 68-year-old Dark Lady singer was given medical advice that she needed more time to recover from an ongoing viral infection.

A total of 29 dates were cancelled, including shows in New York, Boston, Chicago and Toronto. Refunds will be given.

The singer began her 'D2K' tour in March, with a scheduled break in July. It was described as her 'farewell' tour.

October 30, 2014

The two drag queens are 'coffee frenemies'

Rupaul's Drag Race favourites Bianca Del Rio and Adore Delano star in the first LGBTI Starbucks advert.

The season six winner and runner-up filmed the commercial titled Coffee Frenemies for Canadian LGBTI channel OUTtv in June while performing at WorldPride in Toronto.

Bianca may have helped Adore on the show, but she will not let her line-cutting protégé get between her and her skinny latte - which incidentally was going to be her drag name before she chose Bianca. 

October 21, 2014

If prosciutto factories and wine lofts are your idea of heaven, check out the nine best up and coming wine destinations to experience in the New Year

There’s nothing wrong with booking a holiday solely for the sake of soaking up some booze, especially if it means exposing yourself to new wines and new destinations that weren't on your radar before.

Whether you prefer the taste of a robust red or enjoy a dry white vintage, the selection of wines available for purchasing these days is magnificent.

While specialty stores and super markets try to out do each other with sales and deals on the cheapest bottles, surely the best place to try your favorite wine is the source.

August 5, 2014

'Shoving homosexuality on your fans is over the line'

The Chicago White Sox baseball team has begun publicizing 'LGBT Pride Night: Out at the Sox' and some of their fans are not happy about it.

The Major League Baseball franchise announced on its Facebook page that it will hold the evening on 16 August when the team takes on the Toronto Jays.

It resulted in immediate complaints.

July 27, 2014

At the annual Ford Fest for Canada mayor Rob Ford, LGBTI protestors were harassed with anti-gay slurs and had their banners and posters ripped up

A public event in Canada quickly turned sour when LGBTI protesters were physically threatened and verbally abused, for protesting against homophobic Toronto mayor Rob Ford.

Ford Fest, an annual event for mayor Rob Ford, was held in Thomson Memorial Park, Scarborough, Ontario on 25 July.

The event was attended by supporters of Ford, and also protesters too, who oppose his homophobic views.

July 24, 2014

Fresh from Toronto World Pride and gearing up for Amsterdam Pride next month, the foxy brothers took a break from their jet setting for some travel chat

For anyone curious about Russia’s gay scene, the O’Halley Brothers could be considered quite the authority.

The twin DJ’s, Bachir Mendez Maroff and Fabiano Mendez Maroff, left Brazil for Moscow and have since played not only in Russian commercial venues but also in underground gay parties in a country notorious for its anti-gay laws.

July 21, 2014

Toronto not-for-profit bike repair shop Bike Pirates has set aside Sundays to cater solely to women and transgender people since November of 2008

A not-for-profit bicycle repair school and bike shop in Toronto has set aside Sundays as a safe space for women and transgender people who want to learn how to repair their bikes, shop for parts or access its library.

Bike Pirates has set aside Sunday afternoons for the exclusive use of transgender people and women since November of 2008.

Bike Pirates also offer a three week course for women and transgender people who want to learn how to repair bicycles called ‘Gear Up.’

July 13, 2014

Canadian mayor Rob Ford invents new word to dodge questions about whether he is homophobic

Apparently, Canadian mayor Rob Ford is definitely not homophobic because he saves so much money.

The bizarre response he gave to reporters left people confused, as the word doesn’t even exist.

Ford, the current mayor of Toronto, Canada, was asked if he is homophobic as by reporters he attended an event on 11 July.

‘I got spendaphobia,’ he said.

‘Let’s talk about how much money I’ve saved the taxpayers and I got subways built. And I contracted out garbage. You don’t want to talk about that, do you?

July 11, 2014

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who has refused to quit office after smoking crack cocaine, has cast a lone dissenting vote against a proposal to help support his city’s homeless young LGBTI people

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has voted against a proposal to help his city’s LGBTI homeless youth even though his vote could have not have stopped it from going ahead.

37 other members of the city council voted in favor of the proposal which will see 25% of homeless shelter beds in Toronto allocated to LGBTI homeless young people, and staff at the city’s homeless services receive LGBTI sensitivity training.

The motion could have passed without a vote but Ford placed a temporary ‘hold’ on the proposal Tuesday to force a vote on it.

July 11, 2014

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who has refused to quit office after smoking crack cocaine, has cast a lone dissenting vote against a proposal to help support his city’s homeless young LGBTI people

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has voted against a proposal to help his city’s LGBTI homeless youth even though his vote could have not have stopped it from going ahead.

37 other members of the city council voted in favor of the proposal which will see 25% of homeless shelter beds in Toronto allocated to LGBTI homeless young people, and staff at the city’s homeless services receive LGBTI sensitivity training.

The motion could have passed without a vote but Ford placed a temporary ‘hold’ on the proposal Tuesday to force a vote on it.

June 30, 2014

Canada hosted this year's World Pride, and it really did show love makes the world go round

When it comes to equality, Canada doesn’t mess around.

And they proved it once again by putting one of the biggest and best World Prides in years.

Hosted in Toronto, the city attracted hundreds of thousands of attendees to the main festivities at the weekend.

Downtown was transformed with rainbow colors, and if that wasn’t enough, a double rainbow shined down from the sky in the early evening.

Check out some of our favorite moments from Pride:

June 27, 2014

Come to New York to learn about the start of the modern gay freedom movement and LGBTI artists
 

London, Toronto, Paris, and San Francisco are well known for their Gay Pride celebrations.

June 23, 2014

#raisethepride by tweeting a positive message to Toronto World Pride

Tweeters can help the Pride flag at Toronto World Pride fly high this year, using the hash-tag #raisethepride.

Toronto PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) has launched a virtual Pride Flag that will go up or down the pole depending on positive or negative tweets. So go tweet something nice!

June 18, 2014

A group of Ugandan LGBTI rights activists will be allowed to attend the WorldPride 2014 human rights conference after their applications were initially refused by immigration officials who feared they would seek asylum

Canadian immigration officials have granted visas to half of a group of ten Ugandan gay rights activists seeking to attend the 2014 WorldPride Human Rights Conference in Toronto – reversing an earlier decision to refuse their applications.

Conference organizers are still hopeful that the remaining five activists will also be granted visas in time for the conference which is being held next Wednesday and Thursday.

June 6, 2014

The City of Toronto has painted two rainbow LGBTI pride crossings on the road in its gay district to celebrate the city hosting WorldPride and unlike a similar crossing in Sydney they will be left on the road surface as a permanent reminder of the event

The streets of Toronto’s gay village has been given a permanent makeover in time for the city hosting WorldPride from 20-29 June this year with two rainbow crossing painted on its roadway in the LGBTI pride colors.

The crossings were installed by the City of Toronto, which also erected 250 WorldPride 2014 banners across the center of the city’s downtown in partnership with a number of local Business Improvement Area (BIA) groups.

June 6, 2014

The City of Toronto has painted two rainbow LGBTI pride crossings on the road in its gay district to celebrate the city hosting WorldPride and unlike a similar crossing in Sydney they will be left on the road surface as a permanent reminder of the event

The streets of Toronto’s gay village has been given a permanent makeover in time for the city hosting WorldPride from 20-29 June this year with two rainbow crossing painted on its roadway in the LGBTI pride colors.

The crossings were installed by the City of Toronto, which also erected 250 WorldPride 2014 banners across the center of the city’s downtown in partnership with a number of local Business Improvement Area (BIA) groups.

June 2, 2014

‘My Chacha is gay’ is the first book aimed at teaching tolerance and acceptance of LGBTI people to children in Pakistan

A new book by a Toronto, Canada based Pakistani author hopes to teach tolerance towards LGBTI people in Pakistan and beyond.

‘My Chacha is gay’ is believed to be the first ever resource designed to teach Pakistani young people about different family arrangements and tells the story of Ahmed, a little boy who lives in the city of Karachi in Pakistan and his gay favorite uncle.

Ahmed lives with his parents, sister, grandmother and uncle Chacha, and they are often visited by ‘Uncle' Faheem – Chacha’s boyfriend, who is a pilot and lets Ahmed wear his pilot’s hat.

May 26, 2014

Canadian immigration officials have rejected the visa applications of a group of 10 Ugandan LGBTI rights activists out of fear they will try to seek asylum once they are in the country for WorldPride 2014

Canadian immigration officials fear a group of Ugandan LGBTI rights activists want to travel to Toronto to participate in WorldPride 2014 in order to claim asylum and so are denying them entry.

The reasons given for denying them entry visas include a lack of travel histories, being unable to prove they had the money to maintain themselves in Canada, and family ties in Canada and Uganda.

Officials told eight of the activists that they did not believe they had a legitimate business purpose in Canada.

March 31, 2014

Canada’s largest LGBTI festival takes over 25 blocks from 20 to 29 June

Pride Toronto has announced more acts will join this year’s WorldPride festival line up.

Disco group Hercules and Love Affair will join house singer Crystal Waters and British-born electro pop singer Neon Hitch in a line-up of music stars to play electronic, dance and house music as part of the WorldPride 2014 celebrations.

Also performing at the event will be soul diva Deborah Cox, who had a number one hit with Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here, rock singer Melissa Etheridge and country music singer Chely Wright.

March 31, 2014

Canada’s largest LGBTI festival takes over 25 blocks from 20 to 29 June

Pride Toronto has announced more acts will join this year’s WorldPride festival line up.

Disco group Hercules and Love Affair will join house singer Crystal Waters and British-born electro pop singer Neon Hitch in a line-up of music stars to play electronic, dance and house music as part of the WorldPride 2014 celebrations.

Also performing at the event will be soul diva Deborah Cox, who had a number one hit with Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here, rock singer Melissa Etheridge and country music singer Chely Wright.

February 14, 2014

The case of Avery Edison, placed in a men’s prison in Canada, and Piers Morgan’s interview with Janet Mock shows how trans people are finding their voice

Canadian immigration officials caused outrage earlier this week when they placed a woman in a men’s prison. When stated that way, their action is simply incomprehensible. Yet that is what Avery Edison is – a woman. Her British passport confirmed that fact.

February 12, 2014

Avery Edison travelled to Toronto to visit her girlfriend, and after airport staff discovered a visa infraction, she was detained

A British trans woman has live-tweeted her ‘humiliating’ ordeal over being held in a Canadian men’s prison.

Avery Edison, a 25-year-old comedian, travelled to Toronto last Monday (10 February) to visit her girlfriend and was held over a visa infraction.

She was taken to Maplehurst Correctional Complex in Milton, Ontario, a provincial detention facility for men.

According to her tweets, she thought a non-refundable return ticket and a copy of her London lease would have been enough to avoid the predicament but admits it was her fault.