Facebook, with its at-best superficial ways of linking me to my world, has taken me away from greater reflection possible in this blog so…I’m back – on my journey here. The past few weeks I have been involved with the Youth/Elders Project, a joint effort of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, the 519 Community Centre . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: I’m back, breaking my blogging fast
At Grand Valley Institute for Women (GVI), a federal prison in Kitchener, Ontario (in Canada) there has been a recent crackdown against LBTQ2+ prisoners and/or prisoners in relationships amongst themselves. Intimate relationships between prisoners are being attacked by a clique of guards acting without apparent direction or oversight from the Corrections Canada administration. . . . → Read More: Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: ALERT! Guards harassing LBTQ2+ Prisoners at GVI Women’s Prison!
As an American expat unfamiliar with the pop-cultural aspect of Canadian politics, a lot of the jokes in Laureen: Queen of the Tundra went over my head. However, it is to the performers’ credit that this did not distract from their commentary about the fluidity of gender and culture, against the rigidity of modern politics.
. . . → Read More: Art Threat: Montreal Fringe: Laureen: Queen of the Tundra
In 2001, filmmakers Kathryn Xian and Brent Anbe broke new ground with their documentary Ke Kulana He Mahu: Remembering a Sense of Place. The film, which documents the lives, struggles, and aspirations of several queer and trans Kanaka Maoli (Indigenous Hawaiians), also made an important and, at the time, novel effort to explore how the . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Performing Aloha in Queer Times
“Children like me simply don’t exist for them.”
With these ominous words, spoken over a crackling telephone connection, Children 404 draws to a close; its unsettling conclusion signaled by an image of the Russian landscape fading into obscurity, scrubbed out by a layer of broken cloud seen from above, through an airplane window.
The sequence . . . → Read More: Art Threat: A visceral, jarring work: A review of Children 404
It’s rare hearing English in the streets near my house. Less rare is the number of parades that march nearby. The St. Patrick’s parade offered a good dose of both occurrences.
Amid heavy snowflakes, eleven of us flyered on behalf of Québec Solidaire and our candidate, Marie-Ève Duchesne. When I heard a mother speaking to . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension | Articles: Anglos need to break from the Québec Liberals
From a purely organizational standpoint, there are plenty of reasons for the gender binary. The system delineates male and female characteristics as separate and static, ostensibly facilitating a natural and sustainable social order. It readily assigns roles and packages gender identity. It is convenient – when it works.
The problem with the system is that . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Gender Mender: XXY is a cinematic exploration of intersexuality
These two short political satires (above) are from different eras (1986 and 2013, respectively) and tackling totally different issues (colonization/racism and sexuality/homophobia, respectively), but watching the newer of the two, Love Is All You Need totally reminded me of BabaKieuria, a classic that has been long-forgotten in the canons of political cinema.
. . . → Read More: ezra winton: Old and new political satire
Ryan Conrad recently pulled his film from the Frameline San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival because the festival, despite a robust budget and years of protest from filmmakers, audiences and activists, continues to accept money from the Israeli consulate. Conrad joins a growing list of artists who are taking a stand in the cultural commons, . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Friday Film Pick: Things are Different Now
At the recent Montreal Anarchist Bookfair, where another (better) world of incredibly inspiring, provocative and boundary-pushing art and media is on display each year, I stumbled upon Eloisa Aquino and her wares – a series of zines on awesome butch dykes, appropriately called The Life and Times of Butch Dykes. The teeny books are what . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Butch Dykes: A Herstory told in zines
Convicted of the 1983 U.S. Capitol Bombing, and “conspiring to influence, change, and protest policies and practices of the United States government through violent and illegal means”, Laura Whitehorn, an out lesbian and one of six defendants in the Resistance Conspiracy Case, spent 14 years in prison. “OUT” is the story . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: Out: The Making of a Revolutionary
When Tillett Wright began her photographic project, Self Evident Truths, back in 2010 she didn’t expect the groundswell of requests for photographs that she ended up receiving. She originally wanted to shoot 4-5,000 people, but the response has led her to increase her goal to 10,000 people.
“I basically decided to photograph anyone in . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Tillett Wright’s million shades of gay
For this week’s Friday Film Pick I’m choosing two very different, seemingly unrelated docs that are available for online viewing. Girl Inside is an intimate portrayal of a male transitioning to female, and because the film is available for streaming from Canada’s TVO broadcaster, it is likely unavailable to non-Canadian residents.
With that in mind, . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Identity, Oppression, Resistance
Ontario’s Liberal party – struggling on so many fronts these days – nevertheless made history yesterday in selecting Kathleen Wynne as their new leader, and by extension, the new Premier of the province. The second woman to head the Ontario Liber… . . . → Read More: Pample the Moose: Canadian Queer History in the Making – Kathleen Wynne
Ontario’s Liberal party – struggling on so many fronts these days – nevertheless made history yesterday in selecting Kathleen Wynne as their new leader, and by extension, the new Premier of the province. The second woman to head the Ontario Liberals, Wynne will become the first woman to be Ontario’s Premier. And more excitingly for . . . → Read More: Pample the Moose: Canadian Queer History in the Making – Kathleen Wynne
I’ve been a monumental fan of Hedwig and the Angry Inch since John Cameron Mitchell’s transexual punk rock musical first hit the small screen over a decade ago. I’ve introduced dozens of friends to the East Berlin queen, confused dozens of strangers by performing bluegrass-styled covers of Midnight Radio, and tracked the multi-talented . . . → Read More: Art Threat: John Cameron Mitchell creates Sigur Rós music video about gay bullying
Rae Spoon (Photo: JJ Levine)
In his remarkable 2009 text, Cruising Utopia, José Esteban Muñoz fixates on the ways in which queer bodies exist outside of and subvert what he calls “straight time.” Straight time, for Muñoz, is what tells queers that “there is no future but the here and now of . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Finding (Queer) Time – Book review: First Spring Grass Fire by Rae Spoon
Invocation of the Queer Spirits (Governor’s Island) – AA Bronson
There is always a certain magic to be found in the moment of queering. As bodies are opened to unsanctioned desires and sensations, tense moments of wonder unfold before them. Static charges crackle and spark as genders and sexualities are peeled away . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Invocation of the Queer Spirits – Book review: Queer Spirits by AA Bronson and Peter Hobbs
It is an extreme act of bravery and commitment to put on a queer film festival in many parts of the world, where the cultural politics of film festivals play out in ugly and often violent manifestations of hatred and ignorance. Homophobia is rampant the world over, but in countries like Russia the fear . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Russian LGBT Film Fest pushes ahead despite attacks – A conversation with the founder of the Side By Side Festival
Windi Earthworm was an institution of the radical anglo left in 1980s Montreal. A crossdressing openly gay street musician who took it upon himself to educate the public about the Vancouver 5, the genocide of Indigenous peoples, the destruction of nature, and the miseries of life under capitalism, Windi was a frequent performer at . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: Windi Earthworm, Ragged Clown
Canadian filmmaker and activist John Greyson is no stranger to controversy — whether haranguing Justin Bieber to pull concerts scheduled for Israel, supporting queer film festivals in hostile environments, or scuffling with TIFF over the erasure of occupation in special programming, the prolific auteur has seen his share of messy cultural politics.
Yet . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Some kind of monster – Film screening cancelled amid unsubstantiated copyright fears
[Forward: When I saw that Arsenal Pulp Press had these two books on hand I immediately thought of Tyler. A thoughtful writer, Tyler had the pleasure of meeting Thomas Waugh last summer, and I knew he’d have an interesting perspective on both Out/Lines and Lust Unearthed. He certainly delivered. The following article is . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Thomas Waugh flirts with fantasy while fucking reality – An analysis of Out/Lines and Lust Unearthed
Gay news website Unicorn Booty published this beauty of a photo mosaic, featuring Rick Santorum’s headshot composed entirely of gay porn.
It may not be the most artistic political portrait out there, but you’d be hard pressed to find one more appropriate. If you want to zoom in for the full monty, . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Rick Santorum’s gay porn mosaic