I was busy over the course of the summer talking to people in Toronto about the current state of our city’s “gay village“. It has been a hot button topic for a couple years now with little consensus. With equal rights in Canada, including same-sex marriage, and a younger generation of LGBTQ people no longer feeling threatened in the streets or in mainstream bars and nightclubs, I wanted to explore whether or not we still need queer neighbourhoods or queer spaces.
So I ventured out to get a variety of opinions from prominent queer people in Toronto including former The Grid columnist Paul Aquirre-Livingston (who wrote the polarizing article “Dawn of a New Gay” in 2011), city councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, former 1 Girl, 5 Gays cast member and party promoter Michael Yerxa and many more. As a number of notable businesses in Toronto’s own Church and Wellesley Village closed their doors during filming this summer and Toronto prepares to host World Pride in 2014, this documentary asks: Is the village dying?
The documentary will air as part of OUTtv‘s new doc-series “Outspoken” on Thursday, November 28th at 8pm ET/9pm PT and repeat throughout the week. Check OUTtv’s website for more details. Also watch out for the documentary at a festival near you. Details TBA.