Welcoming the World To Pride
Presented by: Toronto Public Library
In May and June, Toronto Public Library throws its doors wide open to host authors, singers, comedians and drag performers, and showcase thought-provoking discussions on the history and ongoing struggles of LGBTQ people for full equality and rights, including here in Toronto.
FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Singing Out—Pride. Music. Belonging.
Celebrate with two performances by Singing Out, Toronto’s largest LGBTQ Community Chorus.
Thur. May 29, 7 pm
Toronto Reference, Atrium
The Rainbow Railroad: Fleeing Anti-Gay Persecution
Author Kamal Al-Solaylee moderates a discussion with Arsham Parsi (Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees) and immigration lawyer Michael Battista (Rainbow Road) about LGBT persecution in the Arab/Muslim world.
Wed. June 4, 7 pm
Toronto Reference Library, Atrium
Comedy Night at Flying Pony Café
Four of Toronto's hottest young comedians, Catherine McCormick, Brandon Ash-Mohammed, Paul Hutcheson and Danz Altvater deliver the comic goods. Presented in partnership with the Gerard Ashdale Branch.
Thur. June 5, 7 pm
Flying Pony Cafe at 1481 Gerrard St. East.
A Defining Moment for Gay and Lesbian Activism: Toronto in the 1970s
York historians Tom Hooper and Mathieu Brule explore Toronto’s gay and lesbian liberation movement, including the fight for legal, parenting, workplace and privacy rights.
Tues. June 10, 7 pm
North York Central
Pride Comedy Night
Featuring stand-up comedy from Toronto's finest LGBT talent: Danz Altvater, Catherine McCormick, Paul Hutcheson and Dawn Whitwell.
Thur. June 12, 6:30 pm
Stilettos on the Move: A Fashion Show
Join us for an evening of fashion, fun, and flamboyance. Drag performers strut their stuff and reveal the mystery behind their dazzling personas. Space is limited. Free tickets available. Call 416-395-5639 to inquire.
Mon. June 16, 7 pm
North York Central, Concourse
Kamal Al-Solaylee: 2013 Toronto Book Award Winner
The author reads from his award-winning memoir Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes which recounts his journey growing up in the Middle East, coming out as a gay man, and eventually escaping religious extremism.
Wed. June 18, 1 pm
A Night with Sky
Enjoy an evening of poetry with author, professor and drag queen extraordinaire, Sky Gilbert. Learn where Sky’s drag originated and the political ideas behind it.
Wed. June 18, 7 pm
North York Central, Auditorium
Meet the award-winning author of Funny Boy, Cinnamon Gardens and The Hungry Ghosts.
Sat. June 21, 2 pm
St. James Town
50 Years of Toronto Pride
Hugh Brewster, part of the Body Politic collective and one of the organizers of the first Gay Pride Parade in 1972, moderates a panel of gay activists past and present.
Tues. June 24, 7 pm
Toronto Reference, Atrium
The Science of Gaydar: Making Sense of Sexual Orientation from Limited Perceptual Cues
Does “Gaydar” really exist? University of Toronto’s Dr. Nicholas Rule looks at how people form snap judgements about a person’s sexual orientation, and the real-world consequences of those judgements.
Wed. June 25, 7 pm
Two-Spirited People in Indigenous Societies
Jessica Danforth from the Native Youth Sexual Health Network speaks about Two-Spirited people in First Nations communities.
Thur. June 26, 7 pm
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• All ages welcome
• Free to attend event
• Accessible space