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Justin Trudeau and his government have announced they’ll spend $4.5 billion of taxpayer money to buy the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, despite the high environmental and economic risks, and the Indigenous, Canadian and international opposition.

Kai Cheng Thom interviewed six trans women about their evolving relationships with makeup and their beauty routines

Learn the basics of queer ASL with Nyle DiMarco and Chella Man

“What can a rave review of the Caribbean restaurants and roti shops of ’80s Tkaronto tell us about non-straight and non-cis histories of black communities in Tkaronto?” Check out Maandeeq Mohamed’s Somehow I found you – these notes on Black queer archival practices in Canada are complex, rich, and intriguing. 

“It is a difference that matters, both to me and others, but it isn’t the ending or beginning of my gender. It’s just another moment in learning more about who I’ve always been.” Gwen Benaway’s A Body Like a Home, on SRS and being a woman

The Breakthroughs Film Festival is happening in Toronto on June 15th and 16th – find out more here.

Ashon Crawley on ghosts, nostalgia, the Disney Channel, and blackqueer heartbreak

“Much of today’s upper class is engaged in a frenzy of self-improvement. They want to be skinnier, healthier, younger-looking, smarter, nicer, more loving and, since Trump assumed the presidency, more politically aware too. But were they truly improving? They may eat more vegetables, but this age seems more narcissistic than any before, more beholden to snake oil, and has put many individuals in the grip of an uneasy self-image toggling between unrealistic grandiosity and soul-crushing envy. Nxivm positioned itself as the true self-improvement gospel.” This profile of Nxivm was very enjoyable to read!

RUDE is a new social-justice podcast based out of Montreal – give it a listen!

Jaye Simpson shares reflections and truths from a childhood spent in the foster care system: “We can’t fix a system that’s been designed to destroy us. The only flaw in this system is that some of us survived.”

“I am uninterested in investigating, documenting, theorizing, and inhabiting my own negation—black negation.” Keguro Macharia in the New Inquiry

Is Lyme disease a feminist issue? A review of Porochista Khakpour’s Sick

“The truth is that working on climate change is not a fight: it is an act of love.” Catherine Abreu on the ongoing and heartbreaking work of environmental care.

Did you catch Carly Boyce’s brilliant advice on how to be a good breaker-upper? If you missed it, read it now, then bookmark it for when you need it.

 

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