Trans cheer: Cannes festival gets trans theme

Football is king in Toronto, same-sex marriage is allowed in Ontario – and a pride carnival is coming to Moscow What a difference a season makes. In May, a small children’s television show was…

Trans cheer: Cannes festival gets trans theme

Football is king in Toronto, same-sex marriage is allowed in Ontario – and a pride carnival is coming to Moscow

What a difference a season makes. In May, a small children’s television show was poignantly edited out of Canada’s TV schedules in the nation’s capital, Toronto. At the time, the update of the classic Blue’s Clues featured Kevin and Shirley’s interaction with Justin, a trans fan who had started to identify as a boy and wished to have rainbow stripes painted on his pink truck. It is unknown whether these two events are related, but recently Toronto hosted a “Blue’s Clues” Pride carnival to mark a big win for the LGBTQ community and raise awareness of suicide by young trans people.

Chicago, Chicago – or SoHo, for those more familiar with the neighbourhood, saw its first Pride parade this weekend, with over 500 activists participating, including actors Sophia Bush and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. They were joined by Chicago police officers, hip-hop artists, politicians and many fellow residents, as well as plenty of costumed party-goers. There were, of course, people marching in drag, and a trumpet player rapping in silver tulle; the parade can be viewed live here.

Comedian Ben Schwartz had a standup gig in Montreal this week. Photograph: Elen Donnelly/EPA

In the US, the nation’s capital opened two new LGBTQ venues in August, opening the Pink Taxi at 609 8th Street, NW and the Purple Crenshaw at 1800 7th Street, NW. The venues play host to LGBTQ DJs, live performances and queer film screenings.

It’s music and dance week in Winnipeg, so for the rest of the week, we round up some queer festivals: it’s Catwalk for Men at the Main Street Beauty Gallery at 61 Main Street, the Pride Winnipeg and with Downpour of Ship at the Upstart Lounge at 481 Main Street and West Central Karate at the Fred and Betty Johnston, then on 13 November there’s Strictly Soul Dance. In Montreal, it’s LGBTQ festival Week

Travel news

Just as travellers look forward to warmer climates, railway travel seems to be on the up. Through Rail Canada, which runs intercity routes across the country, now offers short trips via overnight carriage in Ontario. Existing experiences include Canadian ski country, the Great Lakes area, Ontario whisky country and rural Ontario towns such as Algonquin and Algonquin Heights.

This report appears in the autumn edition of the Independent Traveller magazine, on sale from Tuesday.

Stay for free on Paris’s Left Bank

For a break in Paris, with no hotel bill, we recommend the Bâtard Marriott Paris. A stay for two includes breakfast, movies and concerts and free entry to Madame Marmot’s Fine Art Galleries, but there’s no dress code (you can just wear jeans). Some of this idea came from visiting the Matterhorn Spa hotel, in the Swiss Alps. Rooms for two start at €243, call +33-1-4587-0855 for reservations.

Covering six EU cities, Do Europe is the first holiday guide app that collects, organises and publishes the best available hotel reviews and reviews from guests. Many hotels and bed and breakfasts are posting reviews directly through the app – so if you’re travelling to a city or region where you’re a local, try ToFindWhatWell.

Montreal, St Petersburg and Moscow are going to be snowed in this winter. Get ready with Queer Station at the Amica-Stadt der Berliner Kunst, a collective of four independent dance spaces curated by the International Alliance of Dance and Environment. This weekend see DjangrzYakrayal performing Perrurer. From 7-10 November, SaschaBoyz Barazki and the Bearded Pandas perform Salt Just – The Flight of the Skunk, and from 11-12 November we’ll see Double-Crossing Belly Dancers and Cats on the Batsk. Some shows are sold out, but most are. To book go to queendistrict.com.

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