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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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]


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 […]

Blood Feud

Canada has made changes to be less discriminatory toward queer blood donors, but is it enough?

Maddy Mahoney

Photo by Dieter Meyrl Last spring, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and six other suited-up politicians held a press conference announcing a long-awaited change to Canada’s blood donation system. Given that the change they were making—eliminating the blood donor screening question that deferred men who’d had sex with other men in the last three months—was really […]