July, 2013 / Author:

Meg Crane

Giving our thanks when they’re due

This issue of OutWords is all about community, which is very fitting as OutWords has seen the community come together to support LGBT* initiatives a fair amount in the past few months.

Our first annual Out for Words fundraiser was held at Red River College’s (RRC) Paterson GlobalFoods Institute’s Annex on June 1. Many local businesses and artists generously donated items for a silent auction. DJ Brendon Rurak graciously spent the evening pumping out tunes while servers brought around delicious appetizers created by RRC culinary arts students. Over 140 people showed up to enjoy the evening with us. It was amazing to see so many people come out to support this magazine and we are excited for next year’s event, which we hope will be held on the rooftop patio of the same location. If you weren’t fortunate enough to take apart in the fundraiser, make sure to get tickets for next year.

Out for Words was a part of the Winnipeg Pride Festival, where nearly 40 events associated with the celebration took place during the week. OutWords staff managed to get out to many of the events to take photographs, some of which can be found in this issue (page 34).

OutWords had a booth at The Forks after the Pride parade and we were grateful to the Pride organizers for putting us close to and facing the stage. We got to see the amazing performances while chatting with all you lovely people who dropped by to say hello and pick up copies of the magazine. 

We were also able to attend Brandon Pride, where we handed out magazines and got the chance to speak with community members and readers a little further away from home.

Pride brings the LGBT* community together for a celebration at the beginning of a season when many different communities come together. Winnipeg is full of festivals in the summer, such as the Fringe Festival, a preview of which can be found on page 23.

Summer is also a time when the young ones scamper off to camp. On page 14 you can find some great information about LGBT*-friendly camps for your child. 

To change things up, in this issue fashion editor Jefre Nicholls created a lesbian fashion spread, which can be found on page 16, and I spoke with several women to find out if they think there is such a thing as lesbian fashion. Can women really be identified as lesbians by their fashion choices, or is it a little more complicated? Read the article on page 20 to see what a few Winnipeggers think.

Also this month, OutWords was lucky enough to catch up with Wes Funk, a Saskatchewan author who writes about LGBT* characters living in prairie communities (page 21). We also got the chance to sit down with the past president of Reel Pride, David Wyatt, who won an award for all the hard work he has done for the festival (page 24).

Communities are coming together to do amazing things and I hope you take time this summer to celebrate what the communities you belong to have done for you.

– Tweet us at @OutWords or write us a letter telling us of your favourite community celebration moment this year!

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