FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT
The resources on this site have been compiled to provide you with comprehensive information about LGBTQ2IA+ events, magazines, publications, musicians, artists, television shows, films and other resources that you may find useful in connecting with local and international communities.
Calgary Outlink is a peer-support hub for the LGBTQ2IA+ community. We do not assume responsibility or liability for any third-party content. Please feel free to contact us if you notice an error, would like to provide feedback, or if you would like to add to our ever-growing list of LGBTQ2IA+ cultural resources.
YYC LGBTQ2IA+ Culture
Calgary Gay History Project – Researcher Kevin Allen’s project to document and profile the experiences of LGBTQ2IA+ people historically in Calgary. “I am curious about what life was like for gay people in Calgary in the middle of the last century. This project also has an oral history preservation agenda; I hope to document stories from LGBTQ elders in Calgary whose stories should be recorded before they are lost.”
Check out their website: https://calgaryqueerhistory.ca/
Calgary LGBT Travel Guide – LGBT-inclusive events, festivals, attractions, activities, arts, sports, entertainment, nightlife, day trips, shopping, restaurants, accommodations, and travel services in the Calgary region.
Check out their website: https://www.visitcalgary.com/story/lgbt-travel-guide
Fairy Tales Calgary’s Queer Film Festival - Over the last 20 years, Fairy Tales, Calgary's Queer Film Festival, has grown from a fledgeling, volunteer-run off-shoot of The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, to become one of Canada’s largest LGBTQ2A+ film festivals. “Building community and providing a platform for queer artists, activists and educators is a big focus of our festival. By bringing together local and international voices, we’re able to have diverse conversations that allow for education and connection.” (James Demers, Executive Director of Calgary Queer Arts Society)
Check out their website: https://www.calgaryqueerartssociety.com/fairy-tales-calgarys-queer-film-festival/
Femme Wave - Femme Wave is a feminist arts festival that takes place on Treaty 7 territory and the traditional territory of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), Nakoda (Stoney), and Tsuut’ina, also known as Calgary, Alberta. Founded in 2015, it is a collective-run organization with board and committee members of diverse and varying backgrounds. The festival takes place annually across multiple inner-city venues and has enjoyed considerable growth since its inception.
Check out their website: http://www.femmewave.com/
Gay Calgary Magazine – Free digital and print YYC publication that is inclusive of the LGBTQ2IA+ community and provides news and an extensive LGBTQ2IA+ community resource directory.
Check out their website: http://www.gaycalgary.com/
Sled Island - Since 2007, Sled Island's thoughtful, eclectic programming and independent spirit have fused to produce a one-of-a-kind festival experience. Each June, the five-day music and arts festival brings together a community of more than 250 bands, comedy, film and art as well as over 30,000 attendees in more than 35 venues, earning rave reviews from attendees, artists and media across the globe. Everyone has the right to feel safe and included at Sled Island regardless of age, ancestry, colour, family status, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, mental disability, physical disability, place of origin, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or source of income.
Check out their website: https://www.sledisland.com/
Canadian LGBTQ2IA+ Art
Canadian Art - Queer Curating, from Definition to Deconstruction - https://canadianart.ca/features/queer-curating/
Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency - the first intergenerational artist-in-residency program for LGBTQ2 visual artists in Canada. The residency offers studio space, travel support and free room and board to juried applicants for the duration of the two-week residency. Residents also receive mentoring and studio visits from critically acclaimed artists and curators. Please pass along this information to LGBTQ2 artists in Canada, of any age, whether established or emerging, whom you think might be exceptional candidates and who would benefit greatly from this programme.
Check out their website: https://queerartistresidency.ca/
Queeries - Queeries is a weekly column by CBC Arts producer Peter Knegt that queries LGBTQ art, culture and/or identity through a personal lens.
Check it out at: http://www.cbc.ca/arts/topic/Tag/Queeries
Celebrate Canadian queer and trans artists in our new series Queer (Self) Portraits -https://www.cbc.ca/arts/celebrate-canadian-queer-and-trans-artists-in-our-new-series-queer-self-portraits-1.4170047
The year in queer: An A-Z guide to the LGBTQ arts and culture watershed that was 2017 - https://www.cbc.ca/arts/the-year-in-queer-an-a-z-guide-to-the-lgbtq-arts-and-culture-watershed-that-was-2017-1.4391025
What is queer identity in 2018? These artists are looking to the past to understand the present - https://www.cbc.ca/arts/what-is-queer-identity-in-2018-these-artists-are-looking-to-the-past-to-understand-the-present-1.4584839
North American LGBTQ2IA+ Publications & Media Platforms
The Advocate – American publication with editorial focus on news, politics, opinion, and arts and entertainment of interest to lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) people.
Check out their website: https://www.advocate.com/
Bitch Media - Bitch Media’s mission is to provide and encourage an engaged, thoughtful feminist response to mainstream media and popular culture.
Check out their website: https://www.bitchmedia.org/
Gay Living - Canada's source for LGBTQ lifestyles featuring news, entertainment, fashion & style, food & drinks, travel and destination. Celebrating all of Canada's queer communities!
Check out their website: http://gayliving.ca/
HIV Plus Magazine – American publication aimed at people with HIV and people who care about them by providing resources on HIV prevention and treatment. “Health publication for people who are more than a status.”
Check out their website: https://www.hivplusmag.com/
IN Magazine: Celebrating Canada’s LGBT Lifestyle – Canadian magazine that seeks to “inspire gay men and lesbians to live life to the fullest, expand the gay and lesbian community by valuing diversity and individual choice, celebrate Canada, and provide readers with compelling news, information and entertainment.”
Check out their website: http://inmagazine.ca/
INTO: A Digital Magazine for The Modern Queer World – “The original premium content publication aims to enhance the world's awareness of LGBTQ+ lives and issues through the distribution of high-quality news, information and entertainment not found elsewhere.”
Check out their website: https://www.intomore.com/
Check out: “'There's No Rulebook': Letters To Trans and Gender Nonconforming Youth From Those Who Have Been There” - https://www.intomore.com/culture/theres-no-rulebook-letters-to-trans-and-gender-nonconforming-youth-from-those-who-have-been-there?utm_medium=facebook_into&utm_source=organic&utm_campaign=into&utm_content=traffic
Out Magazine - Gay & Lesbian Travel, Fashion & Culture - Gay and lesbian perspectives on style, entertainment, travel, fashion, arts, politics, culture, music, film, celebrities, and the world at large.
Check out their website: https://www.out.com/
them. – “ them. chronicles and celebrates the stories, people and voices that are emerging and inspiring all of us, ranging in topics from pop culture and style to politics and news, all through the lens of today’s LGBTQ community.” (http://www.condenast.com/press/conde-nast-launches-them-the-first-project-from-the-companys-new-incubator/) (Varying 18+ Content)
Check out their website: https://www.them.us/
Xtra – Canadian in-depth coverage of the issues important to LGBT people and a commitment to exploring the many ways in which our diverse communities express themselves. Coverage includes international and Canadian news, opinions, arts and culture coverage, and in-depth local community coverage of Vancouver and Toronto. They also have an international travel guide for the LGBT community.
Check out their website: https://www.dailyxtra.com/
Check out their travel guide: http://www.dailyxtratravel.com/gay-travel-destinations
12 Musicians to Discover During LGBTQ Pride Month - https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/pride/8458815/lgbt-musicians-gay-pride-month
Billboard’s LGBTQ 2018 Anthems - check it out at: https://www.billboard.com/photos/7825688/modern-lgbtq-anthems-troye-sivan-ariana-grande-hayley-kiyoko
INTO – New Music We’re Into Playlist (Apple Music & Spotify) – Our Top 30 favorite queer new releases in music. Updated regularly by @boychoy.
Check it out at:
MTV Top 10 LGBT Community Music Artists 2018 - http://britishlgbtawards.com/top-10-music-artists-2018/
Music’s Unsung LGBTQ Heroes: 25 of music’s most underrated trailblazers across the queer spectrum - https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/musics-unsung-lgbtq-heroes-629374/
The Ultimate A-to-Z Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Musicians and Bands - https://hornet.com/stories/lgbtq-musicians-encyclopedia-ultimate/
LGBTQ2IA+ Television & Films
The 20 Best LGBTQ Movies of the 21st Century - https://www.indiewire.com/2017/08/best-lgbt-movies-21st-century-gay-lesbian-1201869538/
The 30 Best LGBTQ+ Films of All Time - https://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/features/30-best-lgbt-films-all-time
53 Queer TV Shows To Stream On Netflix - https://www.autostraddle.com/best-lesbian-tv-shows-to-stream-on-netflix-this-winter-317853/
150 Best LGBT Movies of All Time - https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com/guide/best-lgbt-movies-of-all-time/