An interactive combination of author readings and conversations between three queer Canadian authors and Gay Straight Alliance Clubs from Secondary Schools in Huron and Perth Counties. The panel will explore some of the different ways that LGBT youth come out, the diversity of LGBT voices, is gay the new cool? the outsiders perspective, and the importance of finding and connecting to an accepting and inclusive community.
Vivek Shraya is a Toronto-based artist whose body of work includes several albums, films, and books. She is a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, a 2015 Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award finalist, and a 2015 recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize Honour of Distinction.
Shawn Syms has written about sexuality, politics and culture for over 25 years in more than 50 publications. He was one of the publishers and editors of the internationally respected LGBT magazine Rites for four years, publisher of Pink Triangle Press’s Canadian Male, and for many years co-wrote Carnal Queeries, one of the earliest advice columns about gay sexuality and relationships.
Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian artist and writer. Her new novel, Saving Montgomery Sole follows Montgomery Sole, a square peg in a small town, a girl with two moms forced to go to a school full of homophobes and people who don’t even know what irony is. Her saving grace – her two best friends, Thomas and Naoki.
Limited number of tickets available to the general public – $10
To book ticket, please contact the Blyth Festival Theatre at (519) 523-9300