212-4-bringing-the-community-together Editorial

Bringing the Community Together for 20 Years

September, 2014

Twenty years ago, GLBT* people were barely recognized or protected by law. By 1990, “homosexuality” was decriminalized, “homosexuals” were removed from the inadmissible classes under the Immigration Act and Quebec’s Human Rights Code included sexual orientation—that’s about all of the laws that covered GLBT* people. Socially, things weren’t much better. It was during all this […]

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Swerving Through Two Decades

A look back at 20 years of Outwords

September, 2014

Swerve turns 20 this year! What is “Swerve” you ask? Swerve is the magazine you are reading now. We call it “OutWords.” Twenty years ago, in an era when homophobia was the norm, a collective of gays and lesbians went through many marathon sessions discussing direction, purpose and mission statements in order to form a […]

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Photo from Cock by Giovanni Navarro On Stage

Cock and Bull

A different theatre experience for Winnipeggers

September, 2014

Cock focuses on a man in a relationship with another man. When they break-up, he falls in love with a woman. That relationship fails and he goes back to his original lover, but feelings for the woman remain.

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Celeb-Loved DJ Loves Winnipeg

Tracy Young will celebrate OutWords' 20th birthday

September, 2014

  DJ Tracy Young had the music under control at Madonna’s wedding. You may have heard her remixes of P!nk, Cher and Lady Gaga songs on the radio. She no longer bats an eye at being asked to take the DJ booth at huge celeb parties. Her name is well known with the A-list crowd […]

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The Connecting Force

Synonym Art Consultation promotes local art in unique spaces

September, 2014

Andrew Eastman and Chloe Chafe are a charismatic duo. They grew up together in Riverview and worked together at Bistro 7 1/4. While at the restaurant, they realized they shared the same goals and dreams. “We found love,” Chafe said with a laugh. “We were a really good team. It just kind of made sense.” […]

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Getting the Word Out Since 1994

September, 2014

There’s an adage that says, “You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been.” This year is OutWords (initially launched as Swerve) magazine’s 20th anniversary. As the voice for the GLBT* community in Manitoba, it is a time to stop and acknowledge those who have come before us and paved the way […]

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Columns

Now & Then

September, 2014

Twenty years ago, those working on the first issues of OutWords, then called Swerve, were in their 20s, 30s, 40s and a few beyond. We didn’t have the social media technology of today to contact like-minded seekers nor as many avenues to voice our concerns and opinions. But we did have a community church on […]

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Making Connections

Bridging racial divisions in the GLBt* community

September, 2014

GLBT* rights have come a long way, and we know there’s still a long way to go. Yet some things are continually overlooked, like the glaring gap in conversation and action around race. “It’s a major problem,” says Uzoma Asagwara, a Winnipeg woman who identifies as black. The intersection of gender and race is a […]

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A Trustworthy Tool for Trans Education

Trans advocate and educator reviews Trans Bodies, Trans Selves

September, 2014

Academic literature about trans people is often written by folks who don’t have the lived experience, so I’m usually skeptical when something new lands on my desk. There are times I’ll need to close a book, take a Tylenol and go for a walk. Reading Trans Bodies, Trans Selves was different. The first thing going […]

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8 Ways Michaela Di Cesare On Stage

My Mother is Magic 

Michaela Di Cesare explains 8 Ways My Mother Was Conceived

September, 2014

Each character speculates about different possible ways: sexual assault, an 88-second tryst, too much excitement from kissing. But the true scenario is never revealed. The truth of the matter died along with Mika’s nonna when she passed away from cervical cancer at a young age.

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The Naked Woman Nan Fewchuk and Grant Burr On Stage

The Naked Truth

Fem Fest play lets it all hang out (in the best way possible)

September, 2014

Before the play, I asked the babe I was going with if she had any idea what we could expect. “It just says fake nudity,” she said. I paused. “What the hell is fake nudity?” “I have no clue,” she said. “I’m intrigued. Maybe, like, pasties.” Fortunately for us, it was a little different than […]

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Who Says We Don’t Recruit?

OutWords invites new board members

May, 2014

OutWords welcomes new board members to help guide Winnipeg’s venerable queer mag, being reinvented by a new generation of enthusiastic volunteers. If you’re interested in sharing your wisdom, contact info@outwords.ca well before our September 30, 2014 annual general meeting. We would especially appreciate offers from people with experience in journalism advocacy finance advertising publishing law […]

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Local News Briefs

September, 2014

Transgender Students WINNIPEG – Paul Olson, president of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society, is encouraging Manitoba to develop a policy related to transgender students in light of Vancouver’s revised policy to accommodate them, according to the Winnipeg Free Press. He is advocating for a strategy that comes from the school board, rather than having schools deal […]

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National News Briefs

September, 2014

  Compiled by Katy Mackinnon New Trans Policiy in Catholic Schools VANCOUVER – A human rights complaint from Tracey Wilson, an 11-year-old transgender girl, has prompted a new policy to address gender in Catholic schools, according to CTV News. The complaint was filed when the Catholic school Wilson attended refused to comply with her request […]

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Come as your are

September, 2014

It’s no secret that fashion trends loop around, but the ‘90s comeback has been one of the most successful in the last few years. From rebellious punk-rock plaid and Nirvana tees to rap culture and oversized everything, the ‘90s never quite left. Those who are trendsetters today grew up or lived through this glorious decade and […]

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For the Love of the Stage

Take a chance on FemFest 2014's diverse lineup

September, 2014

For the 12th year in a row this September, FemFest will provide women in theatre the opportunity to showcase their talents. Presented by local theatre company, Sarasvàti Productions, FemFest 2014: She’s Got the Power aims to create a supportive environment for women where issues important to them can be discussed. The festival features readings, workshops, […]

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212-29c-gimli-beach-experience Columns

Temporary Getaways

A roundup of some of the best urban escapes around the world

September, 2014

Every City Has Its Gay We often wonder if life is better elsewhere, or how living in Winnipeg compares to living in other cities. This column is an ongoing exposé looking into what makes Winnipeg, among other cities, great choices for a gay man to live his life. This month, we are motivated by the […]

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The Back-To-School Playlist

The Gaylist 

September, 2014

I’ll try to help make it easier to say goodbye to summer. Maybe you’re in need of a fling with a sexy classmate? Or maybe you’re planning to wear the quintessential schoolgirl outfit on your first day back. My favourite thing about the new school year is the promise of learning something, especially when it […]

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3 to See: Culture Days

Winnipeg's fifth fest celebrates contemporary art in the community

September, 2014

By the end of September, we will probably all need an escape from work or school as summer officially loses its cool. So prepare to lose yourself on a weekend are binge; Culture Days happens Sept. 26 to 28. In Manitoba, this will be the fifth anniversary of Culture Days – a budding festival that […]

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