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Since 1990, The Word On The Street has proudly hosted some of the finest talent in Canadian literature. Our 27th festival is shaping up to be one of our best yet. Check out all of the authors, performers, and storytellers below!
Tim McCaskell is a long-time Toronto writer, activist and educator. He was a member of The Body Politic, AIDS ACTION NOW, Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, and the chair of the Public Action Committee of the Right to Privacy Committee. He is presently a member of the Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure and of the Community Council for the Triangle Program, Canada’s only public school program for LGBTQ youth. He received the City of Toronto Award of Merit for his human rights work in 1996. He is the author of Race to Equity: Disrupting Educational Inequality.
How did a social movement evolve from a group of young radicals to the incorporation of LGBTQ communities into full citizenship on the model of Canadian multiculturalism?
Queer Progress recounts forty years of LGBTQ organizing in Toronto from 1974 to 2014, and charts the evolution of a social movement from its radical beginnings to its incorporation into Canadian citizenship as part of the country’s multicultural mosaic. It argues that this progress has been decidedly queer, as growing disparity under neoliberalism fractured our imagined community along lines of class, race, ethnicity and gender, and political goals shifted from revolution to inclusion.