NOW Magazine - Pride - - Contents -

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.

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