Its first season opened barely a year ago, and already the St. John’s Gay Men’s Chorus is putting this province on the map. The Gay Men’s Chorus is a community chorus for LGBTQ men and allies, explains Yohei Sakai, the group’s founder and director. “We don’t do auditions – everyone is welcome,” he emphasizes. Sakai is a graduate student in music at Memorial University, and is originally from Japan. He had been part of gay men’s choruses in his native Japan as well as in Mexico when he moved to this province to continue his studies. “When I came here, Spectrum [Queer Choir] was already here but I noticed that not many gay men were singing, and for me gay men should sing. So I [knew] I had to do something.” After putting out a call on social media, the chorus launched its first season in April 2017, and it…
Including police in the Pride March is not a sign of progress.
The controversy over police presence at the St. John’s Pride parade has revealed more about the politics of solidarity than some of us wanted to know.
Why the debate over off-duty police officers’ uniformed participation in Pride reveals deep divides in the LGBTQ community and the need for a more attentive and collaborative activism around Pride Week.
St. John’s Pride Week festival and parade have grown “exponentially” in recent years and remain important not only as celebrations, but also as platforms for progress on gender equality, say organizers.
Students’ Union praises move, says province’s only university is setting an example for other public buildings and spaces in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Given the federal and provincial elections upon us, politicians’ appearances at community events like the St. John’s Pride Parade are inevitable. But is it sincere, and not just for good public relations and votes?
As unprecedented numbers marched in St. John’s annual Pride parade Sunday, participants past and present reflect on LGBTQ struggles, achievements and the road ahead. (With files from Hans Rollmann.)
Legislative changes are coming that will allow some people in the province to correct erroneously certified gender markers on their birth certificates and other government-issued identification.
Government has more important things to be doing than considering whether to fly religious flags in this day and age.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary’s new recruitment ad backfires in all the worst ways, and undermines a lot of really good work they’ve done recently
The LGB and Trans rights movements have evolved both together and separately. Pride Week is an opportunity to celebrate and discuss the similarities and differences shared by members of each
As the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics get underway people and communities across the province, country and world are raising the Pride flag as an act of solidarity with LGBTQ people and a rejection of Russia’s new anti-gay laws
People turned out in record numbers to march in Sunday’s Pride Parade in St. John’s and celebrate the end of Pride Week 2013.
On Tuesday St. John’s became the first Canadian city to raise the Trans Pride flag as part of its Pride Week celebrations, but the question remains: Are there enough colours in the spectrum to represent all the ways people identify in terms of sexual and gender orientation?