What to watch:
Award-winning documentary Resisterhood became available to stream on Sept. 22, coinciding with the National Voter Registration Day in the U.S. The film examines America in the aftermath of Trump’s victory in 2016 through diverse stories of six activists—including former professional soccer player and self-proclaimed “Rainbow Warrior” Joanna Lohman, and Mimi Hassanein, an Egyptian woman who experienced Islamophobia after the presidential election but who ran for public office anyway. The documentary urges women and other marginalized groups to “use their voice and vote” for the better of their country.
What to read:
Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh
Nigerian-American poet and author Candice Iloh’s debut novel in verse, Every Body Looking, was released on Sept. 22. The book follows Ada, the daughter of a conservative and religious Nigerian immigrant father and an Afrian-American mother who struggles with addiction while coming in and out of Ada’s life. The book is narrated across multiple timelines as Ada struggles with trauma and memory. Part of Ada’s journey to self-acceptance is coming to terms with her sexuality, reflecting on her restrictive home life while learning how to heal, be free and unafraid to step into who she really is.
What to listen to:
“85’” by LEXXE
Classically trained ballerina and ’80s-style punk pop singer LEXXE released a new single and music video titled “85’” on Sept. 17. The song is inspired by the singer’s first queer love interest and the excitement she felt, almost as if she was “restarting” a lot of her “first times”—a feeling she says is rare in her romantic relationships these days. When working on her latest single, the pop singer told her producer she wanted to recreate that “singing into a hairbrush” energy. The New York-based artist has released music videos for “85’” as well as “Joyride,” two singles on her forthcoming EP, Meet Me In The Shadows, set to be released later this year.
What to look at:
Virtual Bi+ Arts Festival
Toronto’s 4th annual Bi+ Arts Festival, celebrating resilience and joy in the bisexual communtiy, has moved online this year, running multiple events daily until the end of September. The fest includes a burlesque show on Sept. 25, with performances by queer burlesuqe performer Bianca Boom Boom and interdimensinal burlesque performer Cara de Melo alongside others. In addition, there is a virtual market place where attendees can support and purchase directly from artists, authors and creators, running until Sept. 30.