SHOW YOUR PRIDE
Our city councillors may be ambivalent – some of them even hostile – when it comes to Gay Pride, but the NOW team knows they’ve lost touch. Torontonians are profoundly aware that our queer community is one of the world’s most vibrant and inspiring. That’s just one of the reasons why we’re presenting this special Pride Guide. It’s a resource designed to help our readers make the most of this spectacular fete. The festival began as a single- day event over 30 years ago and has ballooned into a nearly month-long celebration. We recognize the historical – and political – importance of official Pride Toronto festivities. They form the bedrock of the annual celebration of sexual freedom and diversity. But they’ve spawned independent events – art, music and parties – that take place all over town. So our events listings include official Pride events plus all the other happenings that energize the fest. Who doesn’t want to party during Pride? We’ve always respected and promoted the political elements of Pride, both now and in the past, but we expect people to have a good time. That’s why we’ve featured a special section on Pride entertaining, including party tips and a hot playlist of the best tracks ever from queer local artists. Of course, food’s always a factor. Check out our complete list of bars and restaurants around the Pride parade route. On a serious – and, yes, political – note, Chaz Bono talks candidly about his new book, Transition: The Story Of How I Became A Man. For those who like to laugh, there’s a conversation with Bitch Salad performer Drew Droege. And we haven’t forgotten our famous Queer Quips, featuring some of Toronto’s smartest Pride celebrants. Everything you need to make Pride 2011 the best ever.