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April 30, 2015

'I was there making this pilgrimage for the thousands of gay Muslims who were too scared to go to Saudi Arabia'

Gay Muslim filmmaker Parvez Sharma risked death by filming his pilgrimage to Mecca for his new documentary.

A Sinner in Mecca had its world premiere Wednesday night (28 April) at the Hot Docs festival in Toronto.

Security has been beefed up for the three sold-out screenings as Sharam has already received hate mail and death threats and the film was denounced by the Iranian state media as a 'Western conspiracy' to legitimize the 'despicable sin of homosexuality.'

April 26, 2015

Toronto's annual water polo tournament is dominated by New York City's finest.

Riding high on the success of their recent promotional video – a celebration of gay sport in all its glory – the Toronto Triggerfish, reportedly the largest LGBTI water polo club in the world, have delivered their biggest ever annual tournament.

Ten teams and over 100 players desceneded on the University of Toronto's impressive swimming pool complex to thrash it out.

April 26, 2015

Toronto's annual water polo tournament is dominated by New York City's finest.

Riding high on the success of their recent promotional video – a celebration of gay sport in all its glory – the Toronto Triggerfish, reportedly the largest LGBTI water polo club in the world, have delivered their biggest ever annual tournament.

Ten teams and over 100 players desceneded on the University of Toronto's impressive swimming pool complex to thrash it out.

April 20, 2015

Inspired by Hasselhoff, Oprah, and RuPaul, this is gay sport as you have probably never seen it before.

Everyone loves a musical parody video, and the Toronto Triggerfish (reportedly the world's largest LGBT water polo club) has pulled out all the stops as they promote their upcoming annual tournament.

'The whole thing took about a month to produce...' explained Shih-Ming Yao, director and star of the video. 'I'd like to say that there was a rigorous casting process, but to be honest we found a role for everyone that wanted to be in it.'

April 5, 2015

The Chinese restaurant that delivers great food with a spectacular view.

Whether you love it or hate it, there is no denying that The Shard – the tallest building in London – is so tall that spectacular views are guaranteed.

You can pay to go up to the viewing platform, but a much smarter approach is to head to Hutong.

Hutong is a Chinese restaurant on the 33rd floor of The Shard.

It was a Bank Holiday Monday and my friends Ming and Terry were in town from Toronto. I'd booked a table at Hutong for dim sum.

March 30, 2015

The adult film star on his life on the road – from London to Toronto

Where is home for you?
The British West Indies. My mum and dad live here. Home is where the family is. It has the most beautiful beaches ever – it's what it's known for. I also live part-time in Toronto, and San Diego is where all my friends are!

Give us some Toronto tips…
Definitely go to The Village, and Church Street. It's basically the gay village. There are lots of great restaurants and clubs. My favourite club there is Fly – Queer As Folk was filmed there.

March 24, 2015

Knitters are calling it the world's first actual 'so gay' object

If you were to describe this sweater as 'so gay', you'd be right.

The world's first proclaimed 'gay object' is a sweater knitted from the donated hair of more than 100 LGBTI people.

Making its debut during Toronto Fashion Week, it was created in order for people to stop using gay as an offensive slur.

'The idea for the sweater was born from a desire to educate and encourage everyone to use "gay" the correct way,' said Jeremy Dias, director of the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD), which commissioned the sweater.

March 13, 2015

Check out the blockbuster multi-million dollar budget

The first ever 'Canada Pride' is to be held in Montreal in 2017, following the success of Toronto WorldPride in 2014.

The 10-day celebration will take place from August 11-20, and will include sports events and an international conference on LGBT rights, plus an array of gigs, parades and parties.

The inaugural event will boast a budget of $2.3-3 million dollars, according to dailyxtra.com.

January 6, 2015

They were still charged for the ride

A gay couple were left shocked and angry last week after they were kicked out of Uber cab in London for kissing and cuddling.

Corey Watts and his boyfriend Jordan Sloan boarded the taxi near Covent Garden around 8pm Thursday (1 January) on their way to a friend's house.

After traveling only a few minutes, the driver stopped the cab and asked them to get out and still charged them for the ride. They were later refunded.

Uber has launched an investigation into the incident and the driver has been suspended.

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.

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.