It’s been a landmark year for queers: the US and Ireland both legalized same-sex marriage; Canada said goodbye to Stephen Harper; and Empire came out of nowhere to dazzle gay sensibilities everywhere.
But Toronto has also seen its fair share of LGBT news that affected not only our community, but the city as a whole. With a new year just hours away, let’s look back at a few of the stories that caught our attention in 2015.
It was a busy year for Pride Toronto, but perhaps the biggest announcement was that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau might be in attendance for next year’s parade. Other big news from Pride Toronto this year: Mathieu Chantelois was named new executive director; a men’s rights group planned (and failed) to march during Pride; and Pride plans to be a month-long now, too.
(World Economic Forum/swiss-image.ch/ Jolanda Flubacher)
After John Baird announced he would be taking a break from politics to focus on his personal life, the glass-closet rumours came back in full force. But what really spurred the “is-he-or-isn’t-he” conversation was this leaked memo from the CBC, warning employees not to “retweet or flag” any speculative information regarding Baird’s personal life. Hmm.
The tragic death of trans woman Sumaya Dalmar left her friends, family, and even complete strangers with plenty of questions. The only official statement anyone would publicly hear from Toronto Police was that her death was not ruled as suspicious. Community members gathered at The 519 on March 3 to mourn her loss.
When Ryan Boa was attacked on May 13, the community rallied together to help him get back on his feet and identify his assailant. With a combination of good sleuthing and cosmic karma, the main suspect was arrested — in a different province, and on different charges.
(Goodbye image from: EKG Technician Salary)