Posts tagged ‘Toronto’

June 7, 2011

Pride Panders to Ancient Gay Stereotypes, Loses Touch with the 21st-century Man and Woman

by Accidental Bear

STEREOTYPES

When Toronto Pride rolls into town, the large attendance always reminds of us just how much the city supports its gay community. Sure, hate crimes still exist, the city recently threatened to pull Pride’s funding, and inappropriate f-words are flung from passing vehicles, but for the most part, Toronto is a safe and relatively easy place for gay men and women to live. Then Tourism Toronto, in partnership with Pride Toronto, launched its P90X parody Pride Pump 2000x, filled with the dainty, over-sexed, workout-obsessed (read: gay archstereotypes). We’re curious as to when an episode of Queer as Folk re-emerged as a gay factory standard. via www.torontolife.com

March 1, 2011

All Eyes On: Steven Beckly (photographer)

by Accidental Bear

I am drawn in to complexity of simplicity in Becklys photographs.

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waving a White Flag in a World of Colour, 2010

BIO:

Steven Beckly is a photo-based artist living and working in Toronto, Canada. His artistic practice explores the complexities of identity, relationships, intimacy, and sexuality in contemporary experience. Blending diaristic, documentary, and cinematographic approaches, his work predominantly employs portraiture infused with biographical elements and idealized fiction. Performance plays an important role in his process, and constructed environments provide the context for his images.

He is interested in reconstructing personal and intimate realities and replaying emotional conditions to transform ordinary moments into universal sentiments. Seemingly fictionalized characters are placed in fragmented and open-ended narratives, creating space for imagined structure, context, and meaning. By exploring the connections between the individual, the collective, and their environments, he continually aspires to portray emotional intricacies that comprise and reveal layers of human experience.

His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography (Toronto, ON), Newspace Center for Photography (Portland, OR), Photo Center NW (Seattle, WA), and the University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA). His images have been featured in major international publications, including Photo Life (Canada), The Photo Review (USA), and Photo World (China). Recently, he was awarded the Director’s Choice Award at the 2010 CENTER Awards (Santa Fe, NM).

Contact stevenbeckly@gmail.com 

75 Via Cassia Dr.
Toronto, Ontario
M6M 5K6
416 666 3144

http://www.stevenbeckly.com/

January 14, 2011

Canada, Doing So Many Thing Better than “US”

by Accidental Bear
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When I grow up I want to be as smart as Canada. Amazing health ( compared to “US”) and offering equal rights to our gay brothers and sisters. Hard lessons take some time to learn and at times you have to beat it in. Canada, please pick up a club and give us a wack!

Same-sex couples mark 10th anniversary

Joe Varnell, left, and Kevin Bourassa of Toronto were the first North American gay men to be legally married.Joe Varnell, left, and Kevin Bourassa of Toronto were the first North American gay men to be legally married. (J.P. Moczulski/Associated Press)Two same-sex Canadian couples who made international headlines and North American history by being the first to be legally married, will renew their vows, along with 50 others, in a 10th-anniversary celebration Friday. 

Joe Varnell and Kevin Bourassa, along with Anne and Elaine Vautour, were the first same-sex couples to be married in Toronto at Riverdale’s Metropolitan Community Church on Jan. 14, 2001.

Since then, same-sex marriage has been upheld as a constitutional right across Canada. It has also become legal in several other countries and states.

But getting to this point has not come easy. There were court battles right up to the Supreme Court of Canada.

“I had no idea how huge this was going to be for so many people. It made a huge difference in the world,” said Anne Vautour.

The couple have buffed up their wedding rings for their big event. “After 10 years they’re looking a little scratchy, so we had them polished,” added Elaine Vautour.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2011/01/14/same-sex-marriage014.html#ixzz1B3x5OAT9