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On Stage
A real-life Billy Elliot

Brett Taylor: A small town boy his peers didn’t understand

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  Billy Elliot The Musical is the perfect project for Brett Taylor as it combines his two passions: ballet and musical theatre. After training in musical theatre in high school and performing in Rainbow Stage’s production of Good News after graduating, Taylor confided in his friends and colleagues, performers Lori Watson and Robert Boge, that […]

On Stage
Butcher review

A gift from your foreign Butcher

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  As I believe you should give yourself the gift of taking in the play Butcher, currently playing at the Prairie Theatre Exchange (PTE), I will not do you the disservice of talking about Butcher. This makes for a difficult review to write. I will say that maybe this is appropriate as Butcher is not an easy play. It’s […]

On Stage
Iceland

A recognized country (play), but whose riches are lesser known

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Nicholas Billon is quickly becoming a well known name in the Manitoba theatre scene. No, he is not a local writer, but he is a contemporary canadien playwright who is gaining notoriety. In fact, he has won the Governor General’s Literary Award for his collection of three plays titled Fault Lines; one of which is Iceland and […]

Music
The Gaylist

Top 10 Playlist

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For this issue, I’ve created a playlist of my top 10 favourite songs. I have a tendency toward indie electro synth pop, usually from Sweden, so that’s mostly what this is. You can listen to the playlist here. It features five bonus songs that I didn’t have room for here! 1. Dragonette “Let The Night […]

Features

Features
Hot and real

Today's queer porn

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You may already know where to find your favourite queer-friendly porn. If not, we’ve done a little digging, and we’ve come up with a list of our favourite sites. Winner of the Feminist Porn Award’s Best Website in 2011, queer filmmaker Shine Louise Houston’s Crash Pad Series (CrashPadSeries.com) aims to show real women and queers […]

Features
Revealing an STI

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You have an STI. So, now what? Medically dealing with it might not be the toughest part. The hardest part could be telling potential partners. There are a lot of misconceptions about many STIs. While the word “HPV” sounds terrifying to some, an estimated 75 per cent of sexually active people will have the STI […]

Features
Between-the-sheets reading

Erotica reviews

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Wild Girls, Wild Nights: True Lesbian Sex Stories Review by Danelle Granger This book of lesbian erotica, edited by Sacchi Green, is a compilation of short stories about hot love affairs, sex bringing lovers closer together, first lesbian experiences and kinky fetishes. It was only a half satisfying read. The first half had shorter stories […]

Features
The Trans Winnipeg Working Group

Supporting and advocating for themselves

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The Trans Winnipeg Working Group was started by Damien Leggett and Merrill Grant in April 2015. They felt it was time to give power back to the trans community and wanted a group for trans people, by trans people. Many organizations are started by cis individuals who, despite having good intentions, will never fully understand how […]

Features
Inclusive Sex-Ed

for children and teens

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When you look back on your childhood, can you remember when you first learned about sex? Maybe you learned through school, or perhaps that more mature friend of yours broke the news on the playground. If you received a comprehensive sex education through both your parents and your school, consider yourself lucky. But did those conversations […]

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Different sexual needs

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What can you do when your partner’s bedroom needs are different from yours? With all the different fantasies, kinks and sexual desires, it is not uncommon for couples or sexual partners to have different bedroom needs. Don’t worry! It doesn’t mean you can’t have great sex. There are lots of things you can do to […]

Features
The ‘B’ is there for a reason

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It’s galling to hear the same people who vehemently opposed the notion that being gay is a choice now attack bisexuals with the same rhetoric. Fifteen years ago, I told my friends and family that I am bisexual. I marched in the parades, advertised in Swerve and did my best to support GLBT causes. I did what […]

Features
Grey matters

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Like many novelists, I was slightly bitter when Fifty Shades of Grey took over the world. Here I was, a reasonably talented novel writer, who had poured countless hours of blood, sweat and tears into properly writing my books (each one took more than three years and several drafts to complete), only to have them sell a […]

Features
Intimacy Without the Sex

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Not all people in romantic relationships have sex. Maybe someone isn’t ready. They might not feel the need to have sex or they might be uncomfortable with their body, be unable to have sex the way people expect it to be or be in the process of learning to love their body. There are many […]

Features
The Sex Men

A look at promiscuity in the gay community

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It is frequently said that gay men have more sex than anyone else on the planet. Could it be true? Certain experts claim that men, whether gay or straight, are designed to be sexual without the need to be wooed or romanced. They are pretty much ready to dive right in and do the deed […]

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Sex lies and being trans

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One thing most people in the GLBT community share is a coming out process. The challenges faced by each can be similar, but there are marked differences for trans folk and their sexuality. Let’s look at a gay man for example. When you’re out, you’re out. Your family, friends and co-workers know that you prefer […]

Features
Queer Polyamory

Dreaming the road to freedom

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Among the many ways to do relationships, polyamory stands out in many people’s minds as an ideal version of perhaps unattainable freedom. But for polyamorous people, it’s a practical kind of freedom that exists in a context of deep intimacy. Most polyamorous people stress the importance of communication, knowing limits and needs, and hashing out […]

Lifestyle

Lifestyle
At home with…

Lynne Robidoux Burndorfer and Linda Burndorfer

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Walking into Lynne Robidoux Burndorfer and Linda Burndorfer’s home, it’s hard not to be jealous. With high ceilings, gorgeous deco and a huge backyard, it’s a dream home created by a couple with a dream relationship. “I make every room my room, honey,” says Lynne. Then she laughs. You want to believe her, but it’s […]

News

What's Happening
March 15 news briefs

What's up in the GLBT community

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Local Clinic specializing in gay men’s health opens in Winnipeg’s Exchange District A new clinic specializing in gay men’s health opens Friday in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. The aim of Our Own Health Centre is to offer a safe space for gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men to access health care. The clinic is […]

News
March 1 news briefs

What's up in the GLBT community this week

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National  How trans people could help free the nipple When Courtney Demone posted topless photos of herself on Facebook and Instagram in September 2015, she wasn’t sure what the reaction would be. Read the full story at DailyXtra. Capilano Pride Week undeterred by UBC flag burning A rainbow flag greeted students stepping off the bus […]

News
Feb. 22 news briefs

What's up in the GLBT community this week

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Local Diversity quotas at University of Manitoba ‘a good plan,’ students say Evan Wiens, an LGBT activist and political science major at the University of Winnipeg, agrees with Yellowback. Wiens did not have any openly gay teachers in school.   Read the full story at CBC. NDP Daryl Reid not running for re-election And another one bites […]

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Trans stories from Winnipeg

Blogger tells the stories of young trans men

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My Identity Winnipeg, a blog by Riley Chervinski, takes a look at the stories of young trans men in Winnipeg. “I didn’t really know what I wanted to get out of it,” said Chervinski about starting the project. Initially, she was looking for traditional transition stories, but during her first interview, she realized there were […]

News
Feb. 16 news briefs

What's up in the GLBT community this week

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Local Manitoba LGBT women report homophobia in health-care system, study says Almost all lesbian and queer-identified women who participated in a Manitoba study reported experiencing homophobia or transphobia when accessing health-care services in the province.   Read the full story at CBC. LGBT curlers vie for Canadian Gay Curling Championships in Winnipeg WINNIPEG — Teams from […]

News
Feb. 9 news briefs

What's up in the GLBT community this week

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Local Pride Winnipeg announces 2016 festival theme: Be Authentic  Pride Winnipeg announced the 2016 festival’s theme — Be Authentic — on Thursday. “It’s a message of empowerment in telling folks to be authentic, be them and not worry about social pressures that are trying to conform them into areas that’s just not them,” said Pride Winnipeg president Jonathan […]

News
Feb. 3 news briefs

What's up in the GLBT community this week

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Local Women, students celebrate right to vote at museums in Winnipeg The centennial milestone of women’s right to vote in Manitoba is being celebrated at two Winnipeg museums, with about 100 students getting the chance to meet prominent women, including former prime minister Kim Campbell.   Read the full story at CBC.  Winnipeg chic It was a hot summer’s eve […]

News
News briefs – Jan. 26

What's up in the GLBT community this week

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Local Gay University of Winnipeg Student Told to Die Hazim Ismail just wants the messages to stop. The gay international student studying at the University of Winnipeg has been inundated with hundreds of messages decrying him for being gay, with death threats topping the list.   Read the full story at ChrisD. National Conservative group […]

News
News briefs – Jan. 19

What's going on in the GLBT community this week

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Local Lack of resources hampering LGBTQ-inclusive education in classrooms, study finds The vast majority of teachers in Canada want to make LGBTQ-inclusive education more accessible in the classroom, but a lack of leadership and resources is hampering the process, a new study finds. Read the full story at CBC.ca. National Church Street student residence near […]

What's Happening
News briefs – Jan. 12

What's up in the GLBT community this week

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Local Jim Rondeau, Manitoba’s First Openly Gay Politician, Looks Back On Career WINNIPEG — The early 2000s were not that long ago, but seem like a different era to Jim Rondeau. Back then, Manitoba’s first openly gay legislature member sat on the government’s backbench and watched opposition politicians vote against his right to adopt children, enjoy […]

What's Happening
Jan. 5 news briefs

What's going on in the GLBT community this week?

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Local Year In Review: Canadian heritage exhibition of pride It was easy to spot Alyssa Richard. She was the one with the flowing rainbow cape billowing brightly around her as she stood before a white backboard at the Red River Heritage Fair proclaiming to all the world she is a member of the LGBT community. […]

News
News briefs – Dec. 29

What's up in the GLBT community this week

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National Supporting Toronto’s LGBT seniors “I just do what I got to do to survive,” says 59-year-old Eustace (who asked Daily Xtra not to use his real name for safety reasons), a gay man currently living in Canada. Eustace has been living in Canada since 2006, when he says he left Guyana in fear of […]

What's Happening
Dec. 22 – News briefs

What's up in the GLBT community this week

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Local Manitoba appoints first transgender judge Kael McKenzie Kael McKenzie was appointed to the bench this week by an independent judicial nominating committee. He worked for a private practice and as a Crown attorney before getting the new job.   Read the full story at CBC. National Justin Trudeau to be first prime minister to […]

News
News briefs – Dec. 15

What's up in the queer community

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Local University of Winnipeg student fears deportation after being outed as gay Disowned by his own family for being gay, Hazim Ismail says living in Canada has been a relief since fleeing Malaysia three years ago. But the University of Winnipeg student fears he’ll be sent back home if he doesn’t raise the remainder of […]

News
Dec. 8 – News briefs

What's up in the GLBT community this week

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Local Canadian LGBT groups step in to help Syrian refugees Last week the Canadian government announced that they had made provisions to accept and resettle LGBT asylum seekers who were escaping persecution. Homosexuality is illegal in Syria, with a penalty of up to three years imprisonment for those who are found guilty. Read the full story […]

What's Happening
Nov. 24 news briefs

What's up in the GLBT community this week

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Local Winnipeg’s Trans Day of Remembrance to honour victims Trans Day of Remembrance is held on Nov. 20 of every year to memorialize transgender people who were murdered in the previous year, and Winnipeg will be having their own event. Read the full story at Winnipeg Metro. Manitoba raises transgender flag to honour victims of […]

News
Nov. 10 news briefs

What's up in the GLBT community this week?

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Local Transgender student safety policy passed by Winnipeg School Division Winnipeg’s largest school system is on its way to becoming safer for transgender students. On Monday night, the Winnipeg School Division passed unanimously a motion to create a policy tailored to the needs of transgender students.   Read the rest of the story at CBC.ca, National […]

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News Briefs

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A feather for each spirit WINNIPEG, Manitoba – GLBT people will now and forever have a role to play at Western Canada’s largest aboriginal festival. At this year’s 10th anniversary gathering, two eagle feathers were placed on the ceremonial Eagle Staff in honour of the role that two- spirit people hold in indigenous society. The ceremony […]

Opinions

Opinions
Hot Topic Debate

How do you feel about V-Day?

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For OutWords‘ new feature, the Hot Topic Debate, we want readers to tell us what they think about hot topic issues. Three of our contributors gave us their opinions for our first edition of the feature, but we want to hear from you as well! Leave your thoughts in the comments below or read scroll […]

Editorial
OutWords has a new Editor

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As you may know, OutWords has been undergoing some major changes. The newest is that it has a new editor. I was excited to take on the challenge of editing Winnipeg’s GLBT magazine, but quickly disheartened by how hurt some members of the community have been by the publication. When a writer went to cover […]

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