All good things must come to an end. And so it is with OutWords magazine. This is our final print issue. After 27 years as Manitoba’s only GLBT publication, we at OutWords will shift our focus to digital media. It’s with deep sadness that we’re drawing the curtain on this phase in the history of […]
This spring will see big changes at Outwords That’s when we’ll launch a new, larger and more inclusive Outwords. You’ll find more stories about the people, events and issues you care about; more photos of the queer community; and your magazine will be available for pickup in more locations. Meanwhile, keep checking our website for […]
Outwords board and staff mourn the death of Chris Baur, who was murdered in January of this year at the age of 36. Chris devoted many hours to Outwords and was instrumental in its success for many years.
COCKTAILS UNDER THE STARS RETURNS FOR ANOTHER YEAR
In the half-dozen years it existed, Cocktails in the Trees became one of the most antici- pated events of Pride Week, and for good reason. Staged in a gorgeous home in the heart of Wolesley, the evening of music, scrumptious food and fabulous cocktails never failed to keep guests chatting about the amazing experience for weeks after. Conceived as a humble fund- raiser for some of Winnipeg’s GLBTQ* organi- zations, Cocktails in the Trees had become a must-attend soirée.
PRIDE FEST PLAN REVEALED
The folks who plan the 2014 Pride Winnipeg Festival have laid out an ambitious agenda for this year and are already working on more offerings for future years.
PASSING THE TORCH
This is my last issue as editor of OutWords. As I start to write this I’m not really sure where it will go. For one thing, I’m not accustomed to writing about myself. Yet, it seems appropriate to let readers know there will be changes at the magazine. It’s only natural that a new editor will have fresh ideas that will be reflected in the content and look of the magazine.
There’s no easy way to talk about suicide, but one thing is for sure – not talking about it won’t make it go away. If we’re lucky, we will never feel the soul-killing emotions that drive some people to consider ending their lives. But the odds aren’t good in the GLBT community, especially among youth ages 15-24. There have been many studies on suicide rates for GLBT youth. None are definitive, but they indicate that about 30 per cent of GLBT youth attempt it. That’s roughly four times higher than the average for heterosexual youth.
The black and white photograph of the young woman in the Saturday obit section of the Winnipeg Free Press was remarkably sharp, despite the passage of so many years. You could just see the shoulders of her Royal Air Force jacket, the white collar of her uniform shirt and the knot of her regulation tie. At the moment the shutter snapped, she was wearing her military cap tipped slightly back on her tight, dark curls. It somehow gave her a jaunty look, ever so slightly irreverent, despite the seriousness of the times and the job she was doing – helping Great Britain stay alive day by day so the RAF could carry the battle to Herr Hitler.
WHY ANDERSON COOPER’S REVELATION IS A BIG DEAL – CNN journalist’s self-outing signals a milestone in the battle for equality for U.S. Queers
At the beginning of July we discovered (officially) that CNN’s Anderson Cooper sings in the choir. “Fact is, I’m gay,” Cooper told blogger Andrew Sullivan in an e-mail conversation. Sullivan blogged about it and in what may be a Web speed record, the news went viral in seconds. Cooper outed himself in an almost casual way – he is a performer, after all – but everyone wanted to talk about it.
HUMAN RIGHTS – It is not just the words that hurt
It was 25 years ago this month, but the words uttered in the Manitoba legislature on a warm July day in 1987 still have the power to sting. The government of the day, led by Howard Pawley, wanted to include sexual orientation in the Human Rights Code. The official Opposition fought against it. There was dissent among the government members and it wasn’t certain the bill would pass. And if it did pass, what would Manitobans think of it?