Powerful in Red

Red isn’t a colour for the faint of heart. It’s a bold banner, a statement of pride and personality.

Korben White has plenty of both.

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Sixteen now, and graduating from Archbishop Sancroft High School in Harleston, Norfolk, Korben has known he wanted to wear a gown to prom since he was twelve.

And this year, he did.

On prom night, Korben stepped out of the car to be greeted with a round of cheers from his classmates and teachers.

To say Korben is fortunate in his family and friends is a massive understatement.

Korben has been lucky enough to be surrounded by people who encourage him to be himself, to have a mother who believes that “Every child should be given the opportunity to explore who they are, and to find their way with supportive and loving parents.”

If only everyone was so lucky the world would be a happier place.

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#Uncoupled

Neil Patrick Harris is doing okay. From Doogie Howser…

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To Barney Stinson…

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To Michael Lawson…

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Michael who?

You don’t know him yet, but you will.

In Uncoupled, the new Netflix show streaming July 29, Harris plays Michael, a New York real estate agent attempting the dating scene again at fifty after being dumped by his partner of seventeen years.

Yes!

Doogie, Barney, or Michael, Neil Patrick Harris is worth powering up your PVR!

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The Umbrella Academy

I spent way too much time on my couch this week, blitzing through seasons two and three of the The Umbrella Academy.

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A mix of science fiction and superhero genres, the Academy is a roller-coaster ride of action, sibling rivalry, and conflicting timelines. In a collage of decades, the show revisits the styles, social attitudes, and music of eras gone but not forgotten…

In addition to the loyal fan following, fierce reviews, and Emmy nominations, the Academy has earned a brass plaque, pat on the back, and shout out for the way it handled a personal life situation that impacted the show.

When Ellen Page

Transitioned to Elliot

The creative minds behind the Umbrella Academy got out their laptops and Voilá! Elliot’s character, Vanya Hargreeves, becomes Viktor Hargreeves. A few lines of sensitive writing, and the show moves on.

No big deal.

Because it’s not.

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Pride: 2022

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This weekend is all about Pride, and after a Covid-19 imposed hiatus of two years, Toronto’s ready to celebrate.

Last weekend, Disney’s Lightyear opened worldwide…

Almost worldwide.

The animated movie was banned in Bahrain, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria and UAE.

Why?

Because of a same-sex kiss that lasts about as long as a blink.

Oh, the horror. That growing minds should be exposed to the idea that affection and love can exist between two people.

So, yes, let the Pride flags fly this weekend. Let the sun shine, the music blare, and people of every persuasion dance and hug and kiss in the streets.

Let Toronto shout out loud and proud for all people who can’t.

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They’re Back!

Ladies, Gentlemen, and all those who are both, neither, or undecided. Everyone, the show you’ve been waiting for. Back on the small screen for the first time in seventeen years.

The Boys from Babylon.

Okay, fine, it’s not exactly them. Neither Stuart Alan Jones or Brian Kinney will be strolling into your living room.

Queer As Folk has a new cast this time around, new characters, and a new location.

Goodbye, Manchester and Pittsburgh. Hello, New Orleans.

Will the new version carry the torch or tarnish the legend?

Let’s find out. 

Showcase June 26, 9 p.m. (In Canada)

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Phantom of the Opera

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The first time I saw Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom, I wasn’t impressed. I didn’t see what all the fuss was about. Of course, I didn’t see much. From my seat buried in the back section of the orchestra, the falling chandelier was barely visible.

The Phantom music was everywhere in 1989, or it certainly seemed that way. Despite any real effort on my part, I became familiar with the songs and contrary to the old adage, familiarity did not breed contempt.

The next time I saw the Phantom—and every time since—I was entranced.

How do you improve on a classic?

What if the Phantom doesn’t end with Erik fleeing through underground tunnels? What if Christine were Christian?

Questions Joel Abernathy asks and answers with his book, “Masquerade: An MM Phantom of the Opera retelling.

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I’m not usually a fan of ‘retelling’ versions of beloved stories, but Joel handles the transition well, keeping the original flavour while adding a touch of spice. His Christian, while as young and sheltered as Andrew’s Christine, is more than a myopic, sentimental wuss.

With his sequel to the Phantom, “Love Never Dies,”

Andrew wrote Erik a happy ending of sorts, giving him a son, but having Christine die in his arms. Joel skips the heart-wrenching and goes straight to the happy ending which is fine with me.

Now, when I hear Andrew’s “Think of me

I think of Joel’s “Masquerade.”

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Safe

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Now that Canada has banned conversion therapy, we’re safe, right?

No more zealots claiming to “help.”

Sorry.

Thanks to Covid-19 and its many restrictions, online therapy has become an accepted forum. A helpful tool for many, but who are you talking to you?

A psychologist, psychiatrist? Someone with any kind of degree in counselling, or are sitting across from your laptop talking to a so-called life coach?

With no blanket ban on conversion therapy in the United States, American life coaches like Rich Wyler, are offering conversion therapy to Canadians.

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Virtual conversion therapy is a potential grey area and a problem for the two-month-old Canadian law.

“It is challenging to hold someone liable for these kinds of criminal offences when they’re operating from outside the country using online mechanisms.” (Wayne Mackay, professor emeritus, Schulich School of Law)

As with all things online—

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Conversion Therapy

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Just in time for the holiday season, a gift for all…

Conversion Therapy is Banned.

This past week, an unexpected motion by Conservative MP Rob Moore had the House of Commons erupting into cheers and hugs. The motion to fast-track the Liberal government bill banning conversion therapy, to skip the routine debate and vote, was adopted—unanimously.

Handshakes all around as the Prime Minister crosses the floor to thank the opposition for its support.

With not one squeak of protest, the bill is on its way to approval by the Senate. As Conservative MP for Thornhill, Ontario, Melissa Lantsman says in her tweet…

And some days are a long time coming!

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Superman: Son of Kal-El

Jon Kent’s a lot like his father, the original man of steel, Clark Kent. Same dark hair, rock-hard jaw, and penchant for saving the world.

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Jon’s got the speed, the strength, the x-ray vision, and the girl.

Uh, no. Not the girl.

Jon’s got a guy. Or, he will have…

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In the upcoming, November 9th issue of Superman: Son of Kal-El, Jon starts a romantic relationship with reporter, Jay Nakamura.

If you’re wondering where Jon falls on the queer spectrum, the DC comic-book superhero has been tagged with the bisexual label.

Jim Lee, DC’s chief creative officer and publisher, says, “We couldn’t be prouder to tell this important story.” I’m sure he is, but I’m guessing he knows how well the Japanese Yaoi comic books sell.

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