Your WorldPride Toronto Itinerary
By Chris Jai Centeno
The folks putting on WorldPride Toronto promise the biggest and most diverse arts and cultural programming in the history of the WorldPride organization. Visitors will be greeted with everything rainbow — from chalk-colored sidewalks to flags flying en masse to everything LGBT you can imagine. There's also plays, discussions, dancing, and a who's who of pop music, DJs, and drag performers. Here are the must-see events for the rest of World Pride:
Until JUNE 27
World Pride Human Rights Conference 2014
While presentations and policy talk are not the first thing that come to mind when you think of Pride, the Human Rights conference brings together a fascinating mix of policymakers, journalists, educators and activists into a global dialogue of LGBT rights. Notable speakers include Fidel Castro's niece/trans rights champion Mariela Castro Espin, lesbian former Prime Minister of Iceland Johanna Siguroadottir, and the recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, Frank Mugisha, who is one of the leading voices for LGBT rights in Uganda.
Where: University College, University of Toronto, 15 King College Circle
Cost: $275 plus tax
Thursday, JUNE 26
Starry Night: Love is in the Hair
The higher the hair, the closer a drag queen is to heaven. Fresh off from her Drag Race win, Bianca Del Rio and her fierce competitors Adore Delano, Courtney Act and Darienne Lake star in this production at the Green Space Festival. The star-studded lineup also includes Montreal's circuit DJ drag dame Mado Lamotte and more.
When: 6 p.m.-midnight
Where: The 519 Community Centre, 519 Church Street
Friday, JUNE 27
Trans Pride March and Rally
Trans activists and supporters march down Yonge Street, as they rally and advocate inclusivity in the greater LGBT community. Deaf, disabled, black, queer, femme, trans dyke Kylie Brooks is scheduled to speak.
When: 7-10 p.m.
Where: North Stage, Church Street at Isabella Street