Out in Toronto
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Out in Ottawa: Nov 16–30, 2017

Choice events in the city

Saturday, Nov 18

Manajiwin: LGBTTQ+ Fitness Space

Kind Space and the Odawa Native Friendship Centre try to take some of the anxiety out of exercising in public with this weekly gym space for queer people only. Volunteers are on-hand over the course of the day to provide work out advice to those who request it.

Every Saturday, 5–8pm. Odawa Native Friendship Centre, 250 City Centre Ave, Bay 102. kindspace.ca

Manajiwin: LGBTTQ+ Fitness Space is open every Saturday from 5–8pm at the Odawa Native Friendship Centre. Credit: Courtesy Kind Space

The Elephant Girls Celebrate 100 Performances

History buff Margo MacDonald’s award-winning play is based on a real-life, all-woman gang that terrorized London, England, from around 1870 to 1950. This one-night-only performance of the one-woman play is followed by a celebration of the production’s 100th performance. The venue is accessible (wheelchair users must arrange in advance by calling 613-564-7240).

7:30–10:30pm. Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave. For more info, visit Facebook.

Margo MacDonald stars in a one-night-only performance of The Elephant Girls on Nov 18, 2017 at Arts Court. Credit: Courtesy Andrew Alexander

Monday, Nov 20

Transgender Day of Remembrance

People gather to remember those who have been lost as a result of transphobia, and to bring awareness to the issue of continued violence against trans people. The vigil is followed by a community gathering with refreshments at Lord Elgin Hotel.

6:30–9pm. Canadian Tribute to Human Rights (corner of Lisgar and Elgin streets). For more info, visit Facebook.

Naked Boys Reading: Love and War

Men take off their clothing and read to you — how comforting. This edition of the recurring event that livens up literature with the addition of lovely, lovely nudity features readers Aly, JF, John, Jovan, Max, Richard and Robbie. Burlesque performer Rhapsody Blue is the host for the evening.

8–10:30pm. Live! On Elgin, 220 Elgin St. For more info, visit Facebook.

Naked Boys Reading takes place at Live! On Elgin on Nov 20, 2017. Credit: Courtesy Zac Emery

Thursday, Nov 23

Screening of After Spring: A Film Fundraiser

Bring your funds to help contribute to this film fundraiser put on by Rainbow New Beginnings and Everyone’s Sister, two refugee sponsorship groups. After Spring is a feature documentary produced by Jon Stewart, and follows two refugee families in transition during the Syrian crisis, as well as the aid workers fighting to keep one of Syria’s largest refugee camps running, giving viewers an inside glimpse into what it’s like to try and rebuild lives within the crisis. (The auditorium and washrooms are accessible for patrons in wheelchairs. However, the doors to the men’s room are the old 30″ standard width, and there’s no automated door opener.)

6:45-9pm. ByTowne Cinema, 325 Rideau St. For more info, visit Facebook.

Sunday, Nov 26

Sunday Bear Coffee

Lovely ursine folks gather for tea, coffee, treats, conversation and maybe a few salmon or pots of honey. The Ottawa Bears, an organization all about bearish men, hosts one of its regular, bear-themed gatherings. All the other woodland creatures are welcome to attend as well (not just the bears).

Every Sunday, 3:30–5:00pm. Swizzles, 246 Queen St. oursottawabears.ca

Tuesday, Nov 28

Going Down: A Guide to Cunnilingus

Want to eat someone out? Don’t know where to start? Or don’t know where to take it? Open to people of all genders and orientations, this workshop covers the ins-and-outs of going down on somebody with a vagina, including communication, basic anatomy, and technique. Registration required. The venue is accessible.

6:30–8pm. Venus Envy, 226 Bank St. venusenvy.ca