Queer My Cal! May 15 to May 21

Dyke March 2011 Photo by Jocelyn Reynolds

We’re here to pack your week and weekend with awesome queer events. So go ahead, get out your planner and start pencilling all of this in! If we’re missing events or you would like to share one with us, please comment and/or email dykemarchto@gmail.com.

Tuesday, May 15
Dyke March Volunteer Meet & Greet

8:00PM to 10:00PM
The 519 Church Street Community Centre
Already on our street team? Let’s say hello face to face and talk about how you can be involved! Thinking about volunteering? Come get some more info! Please drop by and say hello, have some cookies, fill out your volunteer profile sheets, learn about what we have planned and how you can be involved, get some info on Pride, and help us choose the official name for the 2012 ‘street team.’ No experience necessary. We’d love to have your skills and to help you gain new ones! Questions? dykemarchto@gmail.com. We need help with the following for Pre-March: event coordination, photography/videography. baking, outreach and resource building, blog writing, postering, online campaigns and on March day: marshalling, banner carrying, registration, photography/videography, message runners.

Wednesday, May 16
Dyke Discussion Group
7:00PM to 9:00PM
The Centre for Women and Trans People at U of T
563 Spadina Ave, Room 100
North Borden Building
The Dyke Discussion Group is a drop-in group for support, conversation, and social networking for all queer and questioning women and dyke-identified people from both the U of T and wider Toronto communities. The group is an affirmative and supportive safer space where we can chat about and listen to experiences, ideas, and struggles that relate, however distantly, to being a dyke. The group is self-directed, meaning that topics for discussion are brought to the group by each evening’s participants. Topics include, but are certainly not limited to, coming out; homo, bi and transphobia; queer politics and culture; and local queer events and news. The group is collaborative, so participants will also have the opportunity to visit with guest speakers and plan field trips, if they choose. Overall, the group is a place where we can learn from each other, meet other like-minded folks, and share space and energy with a bunch of queers. Questions or ideas? Contact the group facilitator, Laura: ellekrahn@gmail.com

Thursday, May 17
International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia Breakfast w/ Egale Canada & Toronto PFLAG
8:00am to 9:30am
Sutton Place Hotel
955 Bay Street (north east corner of Bay and Wellesley Streets)
Breakfast and admission are free. Please rsvp to rsvp@egale.ca or call toll free 1.888.204.7777 so as not to be disappointed.

International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia Flag Raising
12:30-1:00PM
Podium Roof Courtesy Flag Pole
Toronto City Hall (100 Queen St. W)
Join Toronto PFLAG and Egale Canada for their roster of speakers includin Helen Kennedy (Egale Canada); P.C. Danielle Bottineau; Mr. Luka Amona; Councillors Janet Davis and Kristyn Wong-Tam; and Councillor Gord Perks, who will once again read aloud the Proclamation as we raise the Rainbow Flag at Toronto City Hall. A special messiage from Mr. Brian Burke will also be read.

Apéro FrancoQueer – Journée internationale contre l’homophobie
5:30PM to 8:30PM
Boutique Bar
506 Church Street
You are invited to join members and allies of FrancoQueer, Boutique Bar et Action positive for a special Apéro (Cocktail) to mark the 2012 International Day Against Homophobia. This year theme of the campaign is: Sexual diversity in the workplace, it pays off! The goal of the campaign is to point out the positive aspects of sexual diversity in the workplace as well as its benefits for employers, companies, institutions and workers alike.

Toronto Bisexual Network Monthly Meeting
8:00PM to 10:00PM
The 519 Church Street Community Centre
Toronto Bisexual Network holds its mixed monthly peer support meeting the third Thursday of every month. Social usually follows.

Inside Out Opening Gala Party
10:00PM ’til late
OCAD University
100 McCaul Street
Tickets: $10 General Public/$8 Members
Free with your Opening Gala screening and party ticket
Join Inside Out as we kick off the Toronto LGBT Film Festival and celebrate the best in LGBT cinema from around the world. Spectacular divalicious performances include – Yury Ruzhyev (YURA): Yury has toured with Viva Cabaret show all around North America, Caribbean and Europe, including sold out shows at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, the Gladstone Hotel, FLY, Royal Alexandra Theatre and shows on off-Broadway. DJ Shane Percy: Best known as creator and co-DJ of Grapefruit, Toronto’s #1 monthly gay dance party, Shane Percy is one of Toronto’s favorite DJs. Other successful events spearheaded by Shane include CandyBar, Future Disco, and most recently, the smash hit gay night Pop★Machine. Shane is also the resident DJ at Toronto’s hugely successful Pitbull parties. For more info on Inside Out: http://www.insideout.ca

Help Fluffy Get ‘Pegged!
10:00PM to 2:00AM
1602 Dundas Street West Bar
The Darling of Parkdale, Miss Fluffy Souffle has an opportunity to continue her takeover of Canada and travel to the far-off land of Winnipeg to host Steers & Queers. You know Winnipeg needs some Fluffy, just like Fluffy needs to get ‘Pegged. You can help make it happen! The event is FREE! Money will come from bar sales (so drink your precious little faces off), limited edition Fluffy Souffle buttons, a Fluffy dress-up station and whatever else we can think of to make this night a blast. DJs Sigourney Beaver + Secret Agent will be playing your faves old + new all night long. Not in town? Not available? Want a button & to help out? Go here: http://kalebrobertson.ca/2012/05/help-fluffy-get-pegged/ You can make a Paypal donation & for donations of $10 or more get a button mailed to you with a special note from Fluffy!

Friday, May 18
Inside Out: Toronto LGBT Film Festival (until May 27)
See screening times and descriptions at www.insideout.ca

SlutWalk Toronto 2012 Prep Day (BYO art supplies)
6:00PM to 10:00PM
The 519 Church Street Community Centre
It’s getting to be that time again- are you excited yet? We’ve seen so many great signs in the past year – clever, poignant, empowering, angry, compassionate…time to make some more for SWTO 2012. Let’s get expressive. Come on down to The 519 ‘s Grand Ballroom to make signs, posters, help us paint banners, share art materials and connect prior to the rally on May 25: https://www.facebook.com/events/275379902539008/?ref=ts
ART SUPPLIES ENCOURAGED!!
Please bring: -Bristol Board
-Cardboard
-Construction paper
-Paint sticks, other things that can be used for sign handles
-Wood glue, craft glue, duct tape
-Paints, markers, other mediums
-Anything you want for your sign/poster/banner!
If you have a tarp or roll of plastic to help us cover the ground so we can get creative, please bring this. We’ll have a Pay What You Can box if you’d like to help us out as we continue to work on SlutWalk Toronto 2012, but donations are not mandatory. If you’re interested in volunteering for SlutWalk Toronto 2012, please contact us at volunteer@slutwalktoronto.com.

OUT – Friday Night Live @ the ROM
6:00PM to 11:00PM
Royal Ontario Museum – 100 Queen’s Park
$9 Cover (Students $8, ROM Members free entry).
Food and drinks start at $5. Visitors must be 19 years of age and provide ID.
In partnership with Inside Out Film Festival, enjoy a special sneak peek of this year’s festival films and experience The Great and Fabulous Display of Realness, a performance intervention by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Plus, join us in c5 Lounge for a specially ticketed cocktail and cabaret event featuring local star, Christian Jeffries. Call 416.586.7928 for cabaret reservations. Make history at the most unique social destination in the City. Drinks and DJs amongst the ROM’s dinosaurs, and unique encounters throughout the Museum. Adults Only. Savour foods created by Fidel Gastro’s sandwich revolution leader Matt Basile, Micha and Jackson Kennedy of JK Frites, Local Liege Belgian waffle maven Valerie Bain of Waffle Bar, and c5’s Celebrity Chef Corbin’ Tomaszeski. All food and drink items start at $5 each. Dance your way through the ROM’s collections to the sounds of the city’s hottest DJs, presented by ElectriCITY Events. Galleries close at 9:30 pm, but the party goes on. Last call is 10:15 pm. Young Empires DJ Set Featuring DJ Ella D vs. Augustas. Buy tickets now at www.rom.on.ca/fridays

Yes Yes Y’all – May Edition!
Doors at 10:00pm
Annex Wreck Room
794 Bathurst Street
$6 on the door, 19+
Cheap dranks 10pm-11pm
HOLY EFF, THE FRANDISCOS ARE PLAYING Toronto’s biggest, baddest , freak nastiest queer hip hop/dancehall/rnb jam. We got your long weekend on lock. Dear YYY FAM: It’s that time of the month again!! We’re back and we’re bringing THE FRANDISCOS along for the ride. We said..”hey boys..do u mind droppin some rap and dancehall and shi and they said “sure, NO PROBLEM” get to know them here: As The FranDiscos, DJ/producer brothers Jonathan and Andrew have earned a sizeable following over the past few years. They’ve come up playing a variety of venues, building audiences as residents at nights like Finally Fridays (Shallow Groove), the Pop With Brains bi-monthly showcase at the Rivoli and their super-tight live-to-air netcast heard Mondays 7-10pm on Dubplate.fm. Two is better than one, simple. Everyone needs a duo like this to filter the shit boredom breaks with the insertion of a fresh mixer. Andrew and Jonathan FranDisco notably are dubbed as vinyl-authenticators, but aren’t shying from the CDJs.

Toastr
Doors at 10:00PM
WAYLA Bar
996 Queen Street East
$5 cover, 19+
Toastr is back! Kick off your long weekend with the ladies of Toastr (and their friends)! Tunes. Chicks. Booze. DJ Sticky Cuts on decks. The fun starts at 10:00pm! Arrive early to avoid the line!!

Saturday, May 19
Inside Out: Toronto LGBT Film Festival (until May 27)
See screening times and descriptions at www.insideout.ca

Cherry Bomb: ARE YOU READY?
9:00PM to 3:00AM
Andy Poolhall
489 College Street
Free before 10PM, $7 after, 19+
Cherry Bombers are you ready for another slammin’ episode of your favorite party?? We are so ready for summertime, cool cocktails, hot patios and steamy dancefloor action! Your dj dream team Cozmic Cat & Denise Benson are back in the mix… tag teamin’ seriously fun non stop party beats from the past present and future.. what are u waiting for? dust off your fav kicks, pick out your lucky outfit and get your hair did. Get ready cos here it comes! http://CherryBombToronto.com/

Dancehall Queens
10:00PM to 2:30AM
Cold Tea
60 Kensington Avenue
Free, 19+
SHAKE THAT ASS. Dancehall Hip Hop Reggay
DJ’s: SIGOURNEY BEAVER & JOE BLOW
ZERO COVER.

Sunday, May 20
Inside Out: Toronto LGBT Film Festival (until May 27)
See screening times and descriptions at www.insideout.ca

Trans and Women Sundays at Bike Pirates
12:00PM to 6:00PM
Bike Pirates
1292 Bloor Street West
Since November 2008, Sunday afternoons at Bike Pirates have been open exclusively to trans folks and women. On this day ,access to the space, including access to all parts, sale items, and library, is reserved for individuals who identify as women or transgendered. (Small and accompanied children are also allowed.) The goal of Sundays is to try to address the difficulties many women and trans people encounter when trying to access cycling by creating as safe a space as possible for learning, socializing, and empowering our selves and each other.

Inside Out`s Transplanetarium Party
10:00PM ’til late
Henhouse
1532 Dundas Street West
Free admission, 19+
There’s nothing like a great party on a Sunday night of a long weekend, celebrating the best of trans shorts! With DJs Nik Red and Kaleb Robertson, projections by Syrus Ware. FREE ADMISSION – This is the after party for Inside Out’s Transplanetarium screening earlier in the day at TIFF Bell Lightbox. http://www.insideout.ca/torontofestival/program/transplanetarium

Monday, May 21
Inside Out: Toronto LGBT Film Festival (until May 27)
See screening times and descriptions at www.insideout.ca

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About Dyke March Toronto

Mission: The 2015 Toronto Dyke March works to create dyke-centred spaces because we need — and demand — more visibility within the Pride Toronto Festival. Goals: Our goal is to organize a political and celebratory march, created by and for dykes across the spectrum. We need to create our own space to be political and visible. Dyke visibility is important because we are not fully represented in the Pride movement or in mainstream society. The Dyke March celebrates our diversity and demonstrates the power of our communities. We hope the Dyke March leaves you with the energy to take action, a sense of community, and an appreciation for your own unique dyke glory! Values: The Dyke March values collective organizing to give dykes who are historically oppressed a platform. These include, but are not limited to, trans folks, Indigenous folks, folks of colour and folks with disabilities. We see this as necessary to create social change.
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