for her fall 2014
the l word and boxing
Hate The Name, Not The Film
While it may share the same name as the TV show about glamous Los Angeles lesbians, the comparisons between The L Word and The L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin end there. Disregard the bad name and hunker down for an evening spent watching an amazing documentary that takes a look at down-to-earth lesbians from Mississippi, dealing with the influence of organized religion, bigotry and more. It’s a 90-minute look at small-town politics and real-life consequences as the women struggle to carve out a world for themselves. The film aired on Showtime, for a schedule visit www.sho.com.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
While this book was originally published in 2012, it’s been thrust back into the spotlight recently after the Cape Henlopen School Board in Delaware cancelled its entire summer reading list for incoming high school freshman rather than keep this YA novel about a gay teenager coming of age in Montana on it. Written by Emily M. Danforth, the novel follows the story of Cameron Post as she comes to terms with her own homosexuality, navigates through a conversion therapy program meant to “de-gayify” herself and her defiance. Show a bit of defiance yourself and check out this book the school board doesn’t want its kids to read.
Connect, Celebrate, Collaborate
Bringing together a wonderfully diverse mix of LGBTQ community members, labour advocates, politicians, business professionals and allies, the sixth annual Egale Gala will celebrate the year’s inspiring accomplishments and advancements in LGBTQ equality, while renewing their support for the work yet to be done. Set for Sept. 12 at the Ritz Carlton Toronto, the event supports Egale Canada Human Rights Trust, Canada’s only national charity promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) human rights through research, education and community engagement. More details at www.egale.ca.
In the Ring
Looking for ways to get fit in a safe, welcoming environment? Check out the Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club, set up to provide a safe and positive space for women and trans people looking to explore the sport of boxing. With a variety of classes and various membership options, there’s something for everyone – even aspiring coaches. www.torontonewsgirls.com
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