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What to do in Ottawa – April 29 – May 5

Welcome to our weekly roundup of events in Ottawa. Let us know if we missed anything and we’ll add it on!

If you’re looking for PTS events click here to visit our spiffy community calendar!

Monday, April 29

HIV 101 5:30 PM : The Living Room
Contact Leslie at the AIDS Committee of Ottawa for more details.

Ageism Challenged: Building Inter-generational Communities 8:00 am – 5:00 pm : Dominion-Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper St.
Join this conference to discuss ageism in the queer communities, our attitudes and how to change them.

Tuesday, April 30

Gay Men’s Social 5:00 – 8:00 pm : The Living Room
Contact Nick at the AIDS Committee of Ottawa for more details.

Shout Sister! Ottawa Centre 7:00 – 9:00 pm : St. Barnabas Church, 70 James Street
No audition required. Join your sisters to sing some popular tunes and have fun.

Wednesday, May 1

Seniors night out 7:30 – 10:30 pm : Burgers on Main (BOM), 2nd Floor, 343 Somerset Street West
A twice monthly gathering for 50+ LGBT as part of the Seniors Pride network.

Thursday, May 2

Gay ZONE 5:15 – 8:00 pm : Centretown Community Health Centre, 420 Cooper Street
A place for gay men to access healthcare, programs, discussions and yoga!

Femfessionals Ottawa Launch event 6:30 PM : Mambo, 77 Clarence Street
The launch of a new group for women professionals to meet, talk and learn. Featuring guest speaker Barbara Mireault. Tickets $35.

Shout Sister! Ottawa West 7:00 – 9:00 pm : Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Avenue
No audition required. Join your sisters to sing some popular tunes and have fun.

Friday, May 3

Saturday, May 4

Queer Women meetup at Tucker’s Marketplace 10:15 AM : Tucker’s Marketplace, 61 York St
Join Queer Women Ottawa’s meetup group for a delicious brunch and great conversation. $16.99 for brunch.

Muslims for Progressive Values presents Ijtihad, a documentary 2:00 – 4:30 pm : Ridgemont High School, 2597 Alta Vista Dr.
Watch a documentary in which muslim scholars discuss a future for Islam free of misogyny and homophobia, followed by a discussion. $5 recommended donation, free for youth.

Femme Family Tea Party 3:00 – 4:00 pm : 1015 Wellington st. West
Discuss life, love and issues with fellow femmes. Group meets first Saturday of each month.

Sunday, May 5

Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus spring concert 3:00 – 5:30 pm : First Baptist Church, Laurier Ave West
Enjoy the Gay Men’s Chorus spring concert. Tickets: $20.

Ottawa Integrity meeting 7:00 – 8:00 pm : Church of the Ascension, 253 Echo Drive
A monthly gathering for LGBT Anglicans for a celebration of the Eucharis

Women for Sobriety Meeting 7:00 – 8:15 pm : 1390 Prince of Wales Drive, fourth floor
A weekly self-help meeting for women recovering from addiction.

Did we miss something? Just let us know in the comments section and we’ll add it in.

This week in queer web content // April 18, 2013

  • Rob Watson explains why a “satirical” article about a couple putting their lesbian teen up for adoption isn’t really much of a joke at all.
  • MIT recently hosted a QUILTBAG Game Jam to encourage professionals and amateurs alike to make games with queer characters and themes. Check out the results!
  • Speaking of games, developer Dani Landers and trans gamers talk about using game characters and avatars to explore their gender identities prior to coming out.
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What to do in Ottawa: April 6-13

Good Saturday everyone! This list is coming to you a bit later than usual. If you’re looking for something to do this week, fear not! Here are a list of queer things happening in and around Ottawa.

If you’re looking for PTS events click here to visit our spiffy community calendar!

Saturday, April 6 (Today!)

Rideau Speedeaus Swim-EAU-thon
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Piscine Pelletier, 325 Chemin d’Aylmer
Third annual fundraising event for Rideau Speedeau swim club’s community partners, PTS and le Bureau regional d’action SIDA (BRAS). Free.

Ottawa Frontrunners Saturday morning run
9:00 AM 11:30 AM: Lisgar entrance of city hall / Dantessa
Meet the LGBT running group every Saturday morning for a 5, 7 or 9 km run followed by breakfast at Dantessa.

Women’s Badminton
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Jack Purcell Community Centre
Join the women of the lesbian outdoor group for weekly games of badminton. Birdies are provided, but please bring non-sole marking shoes and a raquet. $5 drop-in fee.

Keint-he Winery & Vineyards Wine Event
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM: After Stonewall, 370 Bank Street
Sample wines from the Prince Edward County winery, and order bottles. RSVP to After Stonewall.

Soirée Communauté Mixte(Gais+Lesbiennes)
9:00 PM – 12:00 AM: Légion Royale Canadienne, 231 Blvd Maloney Ouest, Gatineau
Mixed social dance in Gatineau. Shamane & Alex, DJ Luc Lecompte perform. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Swim-EAU-thon after party
9:30 PM – 12:00 AM: FarmTeam Cookhouse & Bar, 683 Bank street
Celebrating the annual fundraising event by the Rideau Speedeaus swim team. DJ Rsquared spins. Suggested donation: $10-$20

Sunday, April 7

Déjuner mensuel des filles/Monthly girls’ breakfast
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Tutti Frutti, 325, blvd Gréber, Gatineau
Join the Lesbian Outdoor Group for a weekly brunch. To reserve a seat contact Sylvia in advance (details on website)

Sugar Shack Outing
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Vanier Museopark, 300 White Fathers Avenue, Vanier
Join the Ottawa Frontrunners for a trip to the sugar shack! Menu $6 and up.

Gay Ottawa Volleyball: Drills ‘n Skills
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM: University of Ottawa Montpetit Hall, 125 University Drive
Practice your volleyball skills with GOV – Ottawa’s gay volleyball league. $5 early registration at, $10 at the door.

Monday, April 8

LGBT Seniors Bowling
6:30 PM – 7:00 PM: West Park Bowling, 1205 Wellington Street
Join members of the Ottawa Senior Pride Network for a night of bowling! 50+. $3 per game.

Tuesday, April 9

Ottawa Frontrunners evening run
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM: City Hall Lisgar Entrance, 111 Lisgar Street
Join Ottawa’s lgbt running group for weekly 5, 7 or 10 km evening runs followed by coffee. Free

Qball softball registration for the 2013 season
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Centretown Pub, 340 Somerset Street W
Join Qball, Ottawa’s GLBT Softball league this season. Mixed league. Registration fee $100

Wednesday, April 10

8th Annual & Day of Pink Gala
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Government Conference Centre, 2 Rideau Street
Anti-bullying conference with Rt. Hon. Michaelle Jean, Jian Ghomeshi, Stephanie La Rochelle, Mark Tewksbury and others performing. Free. RSVP to for seating.

Rideau Speedeaus swim/natation
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: University of Ottawa, Montpetit Hall, 125 Université Privée
Rideau Speedeaus swim team meets for swim practice. Prices vary.

Thursday, April 11

Occupy Love: Ottawa Screening and Panel Discussion
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street
Film screening of Occupy Love followed by a panel discussion featuring Clayton Thomas-Muller of the Indigenous Environmental Network and Ben Powless, member of Occupy Ottawa

Shout Sister! West
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Avenue
Choral singing that focuses on women relaxing and having fun singing. No audition required. Free.

Friday, April 12

Pre-Fixxx Ladies’ Social
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM: The Lookout, 41 York Street
A weekly night out with members of the Lesbian Outdoors Group. Free

Saturday, April 13

Carole Pope live
8:00 PM – 10:30 PM: The Brass Monkey, 250A Greenbank Road
Canadian music icon Carole Pope of Rough Trade performs with Pia Ashley and Pink Pearl Dragon. Tickets available at Vertigo Records $25 or at the door $30

Jamie Anderson in concert
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM: Luneta Bistro, 665 Bronson Avenue
Local queer performer. $10

Tone Cluster: The Seventh Annual Show Tune Showdown
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Ottawa Little Theatre, 400 King Edward Avenue
Summon your inner Broadway diva! Tone Cluster, a queer choir, will hold a Broadway-musical-themed concert and a friendly showtune competition which will include audience participation. $25 advance at

Did we miss something? Just let us know in the comments section and we’ll add it in.

Parliament passes Randall Garrison’s Transgender anti-discrimination bill

Good news out of Parliament this evening.

Randall Garrison, MP for the Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca riding in British Columbia, sponsored private member’s bill C-279. The bill amends the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Canadian Criminal Code to include ‘gender identity and gender expression’ as part of the long list of illegal discrimination in Canada.

According to the Globe and Mail, the vote passed by quite a narrow margin: 149-137, which included a yes vote from 16 Conservatives. Prime Minister Harper and most of the Tories voted no to the bill, with varying expressions of reservation and objection. One positive of this bill is that it removes the need for Transgendered individuals to fight discrimination on the grounds of sex or disability. Neither of category fits the description for Trans discrimination.

This is fresh news, and I expect to see a lot of debate in the media about the bill. I think it is safe to say that all of us at PTS are very happy the bill passed and look forward to the positive changes that will occur for Trans Rights.

This Week in Queer Web Content // March 21, 2013

Image by DeviantArtist InkySnowFox

Image by DeviantArtist InkySnowFox

QWOC Media celebrates ten awesome bisexual women of colour.

A Trekkie writes about why J.J. Abrams should include a gay character in Star Trek.

Virginia only just struck down its anti-sodomy law.

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has declared that requiring trans people to undergo surgery in order to get their gender legally recognized constitutes torture.

A Republican Senator changed his mind about marriage equality in response to his son coming out as gay.

The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association produces maps that track gay rights and state-sponsored homophobia around the world.

Arizona lawmakers have introduced a bill that could see trans people prosecuted for using the washroom of their choice.

The Kangjiashimenji Petroglyphs are carvings in a massive red-basalt outcropping in the remote Xinjiang region of northwest China. The artwork includes the earliest depictions of copulation in the world, and features some diverse expressions of sexuality and gender.

A statistical analysis of support for gay rights in the United States reveals some interesting demographic trends.

Many prominent women’s colleges bar trans women from being considered for admission, despite having little justification for doing so.

Shockingly, the new Pope is not big on gay rights. We are all very surprised. He does, however have a history of endorsing same-sex civil unions, but not marriage  — making him the first Pope to demonstrate any willingness to discuss or compromise on the issue.

Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, unreservedly endorses marriage equality.

Companies in Bangalore are including more gender options on their recruitment forms, adding “Other” and “Not Specified” into the selection.

This week in queer web content // March 12, 2013

Jarrah Hodge analyzes the Government of Quebec’s anti-homophobia ad campaign.

For the first time in her 61-year reign, the Queen of England has expressed soft support for gender equality and gay rights.

A recent study shows that the children of gay couples are thriving.

A woman reflects on growing up gay and atheist in an evangelical community.

An update on the emerging frequency of gender-neutral bathrooms on Canadian university campuses.

Notch discusses the genderless world of Minecraft, and why people assume the default genderless avatar is male.

Tokyo Disney hosted its first gay wedding. Mickey and Minnie were on hand to celebrate, but the government of Japan does not recognize same-sex unions.

[Content note: the article contains excerpts from homophobic entertainment reviews from the 1940s.] Harlem’s iconic Ubangi jazz club — once famous as an anti-segregationist venue, and the home of butch sensation Gladys Bentley and her chorus of gay men —  is being demolished to make room for a new apartment building.

Folks around the web have mixed feelings about the straight student who proposed to his girlfriend during his drag performance in Arkansas, where gay couples cannot yet legally marry.

[Content note: suicide] In a tragic interplay between issues of civil rights, immigration and unemployment, a multi-national gay couple struggled to stay together despite their Canadian marriage not being recognized in France or the United States. After unemployment and the resulting lack of a work visa threatened once again to separate them, both men ended up taking their own lives.

This Week in Queer Web Content // March 4, 2013

A man is in custody after Mississippi’s first openly gay mayoral candidate was found murdered and his body dumped alongside a river.

The Canadian International Development Agency has come under fire for funding a religious group to do development work in Uganda — where the interference of North American evangelists has contributed to fostering homophobic sentiment and legislation — despite the fact that the group is publicly opposed to homosexuality. And as it turns out, this is not an uncommon scenario.

Massachusetts high schools are implementing rules to respect the rights of trans students.

Exciting new developments in the story of Batwoman, who was the first lesbian superhero to headline her own mainstream comic book series.

An Emerson College fraternity has raised more than $16000 to help one of their members pay for his top surgery, which highlights the hurdles facing trans people trying to access medical care.

A queer man muses on issues of consent in behaviour between friends.

The New York subway system has experienced a rash of incidents in which anti-gay evangelical preachers lecture crowds of commuters trapped on board. One gay man, though, had clearly had enough.

This Week in Queer Web Content // Feb 5, 2013

This Week in Queer Web Content is a roundup of blog posts, articles, and news items that caught our eyes and may be of interest to the rest of the PTS community. If you have anything that you think I should read, please don’t hesitate to share in the comments!

  • Queer Inquiries is a neat new podcast that covers topics such as discovering queerness, coming out, queer sex, masturbation, and the impact of TV and film on our understanding of ourselves.

This week in queer web content // October 30, 2012


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