Scene: Cipher Cabaret
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Scene: Cipher Cabaret

WHERE: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre – The Chamber, 12 Alexander Street

WHEN: Wednesday June 24, 8 p.m.-11 p.m.

WHAT: Through their touching and intimate performances, performers at this year’s Cipher Cabaret navigated the queer, transgender, and two-spirited experience for those curious and willing to listen. Hosted by human rights activist and curator Kim Katrin Milan, the PWYC event at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre featured eight notable artists and speakers, including: dance duo Body Waves, Asian-American transgender poet Kit Yan, and Catherine Hernandez, whose LGBTQ-focused children’s book, M is for Moustache, was a recent subject of controversy at Toronto schools.

In this year’s show, the eight performers explored their lives of intersectionality and defined what being queer in the 21st century means to them. From Tiq Milan’s transition story, to Yan’s poems of heartache and loss, to #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Patrisse Cullors’ spoken word piece of the same name, we are reminded that Pride is more than just one huge, gay party (although parties are fun, too), but also about finding ourselves and celebrating the nuances of who we are.