This was my motto for the year. I remember seeing it in the early days of January 2018 (soon to be renamed) on Tumblr (pre-censorship of course). I remember feeling a little confusion, and a lot of understanding at the same time. This will be the year.
As a new year approaches, we tend to look back and say how awful the last 12 months were and how exciting the new replacement will be. My first couple weeks of January 2018, I hoped for the same, but felt the negativity of 2017 drag on. Until I grasped TwentyGayteen by its septum ring, and took charge of how I was going to live the year.
I decided I was going to get involved. I was going to start dating – all sorts of people. Throw myself out there! I met some beauties and some busts. I matched with a lot of women who have no effort or attempt to carry conversation, learning some of the frustrations of queer women, and dating. I immersed myself in the queer, local, Toronto scene as much as I could. Learning what the city and community has to offer. Helping out with Pride planning, partaking in an international parade, and even embarking on a journey or two I never would have expected.
This year we saw a lot of representation a in the media. Fictional characters, Rosa Dias, Wonder Woman, both played by bisexual Actresses; Janelle Monae, Kehlani, Brendon Urie, loads of others who came out and made TwentyGayteen even gayer.
My timelines saw a lot of success and happiness around the world. Australia’s yes vote, decriminalizing consensual same sex relations in India, the ability to change your gender marker, or to mark an X on legal documents in Ontario. We definitely still have ways to go, but TwentyGayteen was a huge success in my eyes.
Let’s look back on all the positive, queer and loving goodness of the year, and not let it die as we go into the new one.
I plan to keep #TwentyGayteen alive annually. It will always be our year.
Every Saturday – TIKI DISCO – Saturday Nights after Dinner @ Miss Thing’s! Saturday Nights after dinner in the Coconut Room! Special Guest DJ’s to make you MOVE! No Cover before Midnight Miss Thing’s & Wrongbar same location a Pan Asian restaurant, cocktail bar and huge dance space 1279 Queen St W Queer West Village, Toronto ON at Brock Parkdale.416.516.8677 http://www.missthings.com/ Miss Thing’s is our new restaurant in the front, while Wrongbar remains in the rear. It’s much better than it used to be. Much more interesting of a space with spots for conversation and smaller intimate hang outs. 10 PM
Every Tuesday – Crag Crux Climbers @ Joe Rockheads. Providing queer fun, rock-climbing with 22,000 square of indoor walls. Meets every Tuesday 7:30 pm at Joe Rockhead’s at 29 Fraser Avenue (south of King just east of Dufferin). The group also meets outdoors at Milton area, the Collingwood area, and at Lion’s Head on the Bruce Peninsula. At Easter and Thanksgiving, there’s generally a trip down to the Red River Gorge in Kentucky. All levels welcome; all you need to know is how to belay using a gri-gri and how to tie a figure-eight knot. No club fees: see www.joerockheads.com for gym fees. Queer West Village, Toronto ON
Every Wednesday in the Summer – Toronto LGBT Lawn Bowling @Cosburn Park Lawn Bowling Club. Looking for a fun way to spend your Wednesday evenings this summer? Try lawn bowling, in Toronto’s LGBT-friendly lawn bowling league, one of only a few of its kind in the world! The Rainbowlers Club will have coaches on hand to teach the game, you’ll get to play, and, if you like, you can even register for the entire year for the low price of $100! Can’t come to the open house, but interested in playing? Toronto Rainbowlers 525 Cosburn Avenue, Toronto, CA http://torontorainbowlers.ca/
Every Thursday – Perfectly Queer Scope Radio a division of Ryerson University Radio, A collection of amazing music, old and new, by members of the LGBTQ community! Hosted by Daryl Nicholas. Plays every Thursday 8-9 EST, and replays 8-9 EST on Saturdays. You can also listen to on your smart phone via the App TuneIn or You can listen to it on the internet.http://www.thescopeatryerson.ca/
Every Friday – Beam Me Up! Disco @ Piston. 10 PM Beam Me Up Discohttps://soundcloud.com/beammeupdisco jam that celebrates the underrated and the obscure of funk, jazz, soul, boogie, rare groove, reggae, gospel & proto-house! It’s an evening of tuneful transcendence in the best sounding bar in town, supplied by residents the DJs Patchouli Brothershttps://soundcloud.com/thepatchoulibrothers(f.k.a. A Digital Needle) & DJ Cyclist (Mark in Toronto) https://soundcloud.com/cyclist who go back to back all night! The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. (West of Ossington Beside the Long & McQuade) Close to the Ossington Subway Station, Queer West Village, Toronto ON 416 532 3989 http://thepiston.ca/