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Progressive politics, ideas & culture

May-June 2023

Birds of a feather

From stages to council meetings, this Vancouver drag queen advocates for Indigenous representation and gender-affirming care

Tova Gaster

Photo Courtesy Oliver McDonald The Scarlette Ibis, wearing burgundy curls, a red leather corset, and matching heels, strode across the pub floor to the buoyant electro beat of Kim Petras’s “Slut Pop.” She briefly disappeared as she hit the floor in a confident roll. If she wobbled slightly on the rebound, the crowd only cheered […] More »
May-June 2023

Clearing Hurdles

Ottawa drag performer’s scholarship fund is an homage to her childhood

Erin Gee

Photos by Katie Zeilstra Photography When Derek Brougham was a member of the University of Ottawa’s varsity track and field team, they regularly searched for scholarships for queer athletes. No matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t find a single one. Brougham, who uses both he and they pronouns, is no longer on the team. […] More »
May-June 2023

Cripping the Script

Queer and disabled people are changing the narrative around masculinity— and making it their own

Tobin Ng

Michelle Peek Photography courtesy of Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology & Access to Life, Re•Vision: The Centre for Art & Social Justice at the University of Guelph. Fashion spaces have long excluded people who aren’t straight, white, cisgender, able-bodied men. But for many disabled folks, the field also represents opportunity—a place where it’s possible […] More »
May-June 2023

Stars and the City

How to identify your Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte placements

Yasmine Dalloul

 Let’s talk about the four main characters of Sex and the City. We love them despite the out-datedness of the show’s plotlines, the lack of diversity in its original cast (followed by the cringe attempts of wokeism that we had to sit through in the first season of And Just Like That…), and of course, […] More »
May-June 2023

Occupational Hazard

Coming out at work is still a major challenge for queers across the country

Ben Burnett

When Sarah MacLeod started working for a software company in Charlottetown, P.E.I., they weren’t sure if they wanted to come out to their colleagues. As a member of a small team, they mostly worked independently, and felt comfortable keeping their queerness relatively private. At that point, about 10 years ago, the company wasn’t focused on […] More »
May-June 2023


Jenny Heijun Wills

 Illustration by Lilian Sim The ropes at the bottom of my macramé pot-hanger are frayed. Not on-purpose frayed. Just unravelling. The fern, the one I planted only a few months ago, is growing more on one side. It greedily reaches for the window even though the sunlight is inconsistent. Today is the first day that […] More »