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Articles in the April 2014 Edition
More than Playing Dress Up
Jessica Nigri: the Gateway Drug into Cosplay
If you don’t know who Jessica Nigri is, now is your time to find out. She is quirky, sweet, an utter fangirl – and a well known figure in the cosplay community...
Jack-of-all-Genres
DJ Scotty Thomson Brings his Fusion Beats to the Western Cup Dance
To hear DJ Scotty Thomson tell it, he’s always been a DJ, even before he realized it. Thomson was that guy playing the music at house parties while he...
Cheerlead, Play or Party
Western Cup Offers Weekend of Fun and Community Giving
Three days of sport, dance and fundraising begin Thursday, April 17th in North America’s longest running LGBT multi-sport event the Apollo Friends in Sports...
Nico Archambault
Master of all Trades on Dealing with Bullying, Dancing with Janet and Playing the Objectified Male
If there is one word to sum up what a conversation on the current and past going ons of dancer/actor/choreographer/artistic director/anti-bullying campaigner...
Out of the Choral Box
How YouTube helped bring the Calgary Men’s Chorus to Carnegie Hall
Diversity is a theme common in the performances and music selections offered by the Calgary Men’s Chorus, and a theme that helped draw the attention of...
Emily Expo
From Bullied Teen to Expo Queen
She’s the fiery red head you’ve seen at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo officially as mascot the last three years, but if you’re a faithful...
Parenting Proud
What’s in a Name
As new parents everyday seems to come with an exciting and unfamiliar first, or another a-ha moment. One of those a-ha moments came recently when it was...
Thank God for Fred Phelps’ Death
His son and congregation on the passing of a notorious hatemonger
That scream and wailing you may have read about a few weeks ago, in around March 19th, was the sound of Fred Phelps, the former pastor of Westboro Baptist...
Discussing Community Safety
Introducing Anti-Bullying Advocate, Officer Tad Milmine
Hello again everyone; I hope you have been keeping warm and dry during this recent cold and snowy weather. I am reliably informed that spring is just around...
The Quest for Gay-Straight Alliances in Alberta Schools
Liberal MLA Wants Change
It’s an issue near and dear to his heart, and no matter what the outcome of his gay-straight alliance motion this month, Calgary Liberal education critic...
Pillow Talk with Nate Berkus
‘Design Santa’ on home show, a disastrous home-ec project and his boring conversations with Oprah
Home isn’t where the heart is on American Dream Builders. It’s where the drama is, and it’s where you’ll find Nate Berkus, who hosts the home-renovation...
Gimme some sugar, baby!
Bruce Campbell Chainsaws his Way to the Calgary Expo
Since its inception Bruce Campbell has continued to be one of the most requested names at the Calgary Comic Expo. The actor, who gained cult fame playing...
Deep Inside Hollywood
Brad Pitt’s undead reunion
Remember in World War Z when Brad Pitt figured out how to dispense with those zombies that killed pretty much everyone except Brad Pitt and his pals? Well...
Madame Butterfly
Quintessential Opera Beckons Even the Doubtful of Hearts
Like Swan Lake is to the ballet world, Madame Butterfly is one of those productions that has etched itself into the stone of opera masterworks. Created...
The Passion of Sergius and Bacchus
Gay Marriage in Pre-Modern Times
This month Third Street Theatre’s 2013-2014 Queer Theatre Creation Ensemble presents their original creation The Passion of Sergius and Bacchus. The...
Air Supply
Love Ballad Kings Team up with the Calgary Philharmonics
He has the singsong British voice of a favourite uncle or children’s narrator – like Ringo Star reading the story lines for Thomas the Tank Engine. Graham...
Hot August in Ohio!
Gay Rodeo Saddles up to Gay Games this Summer
The Cleveland and Akron, Ohio 9th annual Gay Games (August 9th to 16th) are roping up some extra excitement this year. This summer the International Gay...
Out of Town
Cleveland and Gay Games 9
The host this summer of the ninth installment of the Gay Games festival, which was established in 1994 (and then known as the Gay Olympics), Cleveland...
Vancouver, BC
“Spectacular by Nature”
It wasn’t long after disembarking from the Victoria ferry that we got ourselves into the thick of Vancouver’s rush hour traffic – and a dense mist that...
Opus Vancouver Hotel
"Uniquely stylish and always fresh," there’s certainly a reason why this boutique hotel was named one of the world’s top 100 hotels in Condé...
Maenam Restaurant
This world-class Thai restaurant brings a dining experience that is authentic to Royal Thai traditions.  Chef Angus An’s menu balances intense fresh...
The Vancouver Lookout
A big and busy city like Vancouver can be tough to explore, but the Vancouver Lookout gives you the opportunity to rise far above many of the tall buildings...
Stanley Park
Stanley Park is at the tip of a spit of land at the mouth of Vancouver Harbour.  For those sick of tall buildings and traffic, it is a refuge where...
Homer St. Café and Bar
Stepping into this restaurant in Vancouver’s Yaletown district, felt like we had been transported to another country...like a Deli somewhere in Europe...
La Pentola della Quercia Restaurant
La Pentola, located on the main floor of the Opus Hotel Vancouver, delivers Northern Italian cuisine artfully crafted by award-winning duo Adam Pegg and...
C Restaurant
With its proximity to the ocean, Vancouver is an ideal home for a world-class seafood restaurant like C.  A founding member of the sustainably focused...
The Vancouver Aquarium
Known as Canada’s largest aquarium, the Vancouver Aquarium is home to some 60,000 aquatic creatures of 800 different species.  While many colourful...
From Tears of Weeping to Tears of Joy
Openly Transgender Pastor Megan Rohrer Celebrates Installation with Pop Praise
On February 22nd San Francisco’s Grace Lutheran Church installed Pastor Megan Rohrer as their new pastor. The well attended service, dubbed the Beatles...
Eat for Your Life!
Tasty fundraiser grants opportunity to dine out and give back
A Taste for Life, a dining benefit that helps out a designated charity, will be giving proceeds to The Sharp Foundation during its fifth annual run in...
It’s a Sad World After All
A Great Big World Duo talk crying, Christina and being queer
You’re still crying, aren’t you? And that’s OK. We all are. That’s just the kind of reaction "Say Something," the sleeper hit by A Great Big...
Safety Under the Rainbow: A History
The birth and growth of services for LGBT experiencing domestic violence
While attending the Women and Mental Health Conference in 1991, and hearing about the issues of domestic violence in the gay and lesbian communities, the...
Flash Gordon
Sam J Jones, saving the world on screen and off
The reception was fuzzy and clarity drifted in and out for the voice of actor Sam J Jones, better known as cult icon Flash Gordon. He was speaking to GayCalgary...
Phi Phi O’Hara is “Bitchy”
The RuPaul’s Drag Race Star Pop Rocks
Phi Phi O’Hara’s new song takes ownership of the title she won on television’s popular drag competition show. Written and produced by Zach Adam and Heather...
Driving Solo
Out artist Raph Solo Chases Love
In his book, The Memoirs of Angel King, Raph Solo detailed his personal journey towards self-acceptance, revealing a failed attempt at re-orientating his...
Kiss & Tell
Kylie Minogue on starting over, Sia’s sex songs and Australia’s ‘backwards’ gay marriage ban
Kylie Minogue knows the power of fate, determination and survival. That along with her many celestial-pop confections (and, let’s face it, lots of gays)...
Queer Eye
Western Canada Fashion Week (www.wcfw.ca), Edmonton Photos by Farley FooFoo Next Drag Superstar at Evolution, Edmonton Photos by Farley FooFoo HOMO-CIDAL...
A Couple of Guys
News Releases
OPINION: Arizona – The Pink Dollar Wins? http://www.gaycalgary.com/n1276 NEWS: A Re-Think Of HIV And Its Treatment http://www.gaycalgary.com/n1277 Poetry...
Ms. GayCalgary April 2014
April Storm
April Storm has been performing in drag for around 11 years, ever since participating in a High School fundraiser that required her to dress up and perform...
FIND OUT!
LGBT Community Directory
GayCalgary Magazine is the go-to source for information about Alberta LGBT businesses and community groups—the most extensive and accurate resource of...
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Online Articles this Month
From The GLAAD Media Reference Guide
Examples of Words are OK and Not OK to be used in regards to the LGBT Community
There is a lot of discussion over the use of the words "she-male" and "tranny" on the reality TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race. Seeing that...
Aliens Exposed
Classic film cast reunion a highlight of Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo
The groundbreaking 1986 film Aliens remains one of the most iconic films of the era. The announcement that the entire cast including icon Sigourney Weaver...
Dancing Queens Return
Mamma Mia returns to Jubilee Auditorium
The current touring production of Mamma Mia playing until Sunday, April 20th marks the 4th time in 9 years that the show has played in Calgary. With a...
The Internet Is For?
Forte Musical Theatre Guild explores relationships in an internet age
Forte Musical Theatre Guild is one of Calgary's best independent theatre companies. Since launching 5 years ago under Joe Slabe with But This Is My Day...
A Musical Affair To Remember
Il Divo + Broadway = a magical night
Combining pop and opera into their act, Il Divo has for a decade been reworking songs by everyone from Tony Braxton to Leonard Cohen to Broadway show tunes...
Editorial Cartoon
Fred Phelps
Creep of the Week
Gov. Rick Snyder
The Michigan marriage trial, officially known as DeBoer v. Snyder for plaintiff April DeBoer and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, has wrapped up in the courtroom...
The OutField
Referees are (LGBT) people too
However, referees – particularly those in powerful positions – tend to be older and "conservative," according to Powell. "The people who...
Editorial Cartoon
Ugandan HIV Funding
Creep of the Week
Franklin Graham
There are a lot of things about the right-wing universe that don’t make a lot of sense to me. The fanatical obsession with the unborn paired with the callous...
Hear Me Out
George Michael, Nickel Creek, Christina Perri, Karmin
George Michael, Symphonica Those personal woes, the drugs, the health problems – the toll all that’s taken on George Michael’s voice must be immense...
Editorial Cartoon
Mark Regnerus
Creep of the Week
Bill Schuette
In 2004 when voters passed the so-called Michigan Marriage Amendment I had been "married" for a little over a year. My wife and I had a wedding...
Deep Inside Hollywood
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin
Nine To Five fanatics, are you ready to have your day made? Sure you are, and Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are about to do it. The two have signed on for...
Editorial Cartoon
NYC St. Pattys Day
Creep of the Week
Hobby Lobby
It's really amazing that in 2014 Americans are still fighting over birth control. As in whether or not contraception makes Jesus cry, and whether or not...
Hear Me Out - Queer Classics
Cyndi Lauper, Elton John
Cyndi Lauper, She’s So Unusual Essayist Jancee Dunn (co-author of Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir) sums up the influence, reach and enduring relevance of Cyndi...
Screen Queen
Pink - Live from Melbourne, Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, Blue Is the Warmest Color, Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Pink: The Truth About Love Tour: Live from Melbourne There she goes, that Pink, raising the bar all the way up to the ceiling of a sports arena. The...