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Where Babies Come From.

Queers are good at making families in all sorts of wonderful ways and it is time we had more books to reflect all these amazing versions of family, don’t you think?

Where Babies Come From is a great Kickstarter campaign resulting in a book to help us to talk about how babies are made with our kids, regardless of how your family went about it. Written by Cory Silberberg and illustrated by the amazing Fiona Smyth (and designed by Zab) I expect it to be pretty good, so I just pre-ordered a book!

Check it out:

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Real life lesbian couples.

Afterellen has revealed the results of it’s Hottest IRL (In Real Life) Lesbian Couples poll and Ellen and Portia topped the list.

Ellen and Portia

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Chely Wright – Wish Me Away.

chely wright

First Run Pictures is supporting out country singer Chely Wright‘s documentary Wish Me Away. Here is the trailer:

I’ll keep you posted on Canadian screening dates.

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Mosquita y Mari.

Mosquita Y Mari

Sundance always debuts queer films that are worth keeping your eye on. I’ve been keeping tabs on Aurora Guerrero‘s debut feature Mosquita y Mari and I am happy to report that it’s just been picked up by Wolfe Releasing.

“The film is a coming-of-age story about the relationship between two young Latina women in Los Angeles. The Film Collaborative will be release the film in theaters this year, with Wolfe handling VOD and DVD in 2013. Orly Ravid at The Film Collaborative brokered the deal.”

Amazing! I cannot wait to see this one. If you’d like to get as excited as I am about this film coming to theaters, check out the trailer:

Mosquita y Mari Trailer from Augie Robles on Vimeo.

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Pretty pink ribbons.

All this talk of films to come, I figured I’d mention an important film that is currently playing across the country. Pink Ribbons is a doc that exposes the corporate underbelly of the pink-washed breast cancer fundraising schemes. The film is by Lea Pool who brought us queer coming of age film Lost and Delirious.

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UK lesbian Band Aid.

Remember Band Aid? The charity supergroup in the 80′s that raised money for anti-poverty efforts?

Band Aid

Well if you’re wondering what Band Aid would look like if it was composed of leading UK lesbian musicians, The L Project has your answer. They released this song and all the proceeds will go to preventing high school bullying.

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Steve Walker

I was sad to hear of the untimely passing of well known Canadian painter Steve Walker. As a closeted kid in the 90′s I remember buying one of his greeting cards on the sly. I kept it in a secret place and would look at it from time to time for inspiration.

Some Family's Values

Now that I look at the image, it seems crazy that it’s one I felt I had to hide. When I revisited his work yesterday, I was also struck by how rare it still is to see images of gay men portrayed in such a gentle and human way.

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Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston

If you haven’t yet heard Rae Spoon‘s cover of Whitney Houston’s I Want to Dance With Somebody then you’re in for a cathartic tear or two.

Really sad to see Whitney go.

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Tiny extra cute moment

I’m suspecting I’ll need to cute overload this moment to help lighten the mood.

Dog and pig

Will a French Bulldog adopting tiny piglets do the trick? I hope so.

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Sloping downwards.

What if there was a webseries about a pair of arguing, entitled, superficial lesbian homophobes – would you watch it? Do you already?

The Slope’s season 2 is out:

Season 2, Episode 1: “Taking Space” from The Slope on Vimeo.

Here’s hoping we go into this weekend ready to laugh at ourselves and all the things we take much too seriously. Happy Friday Everybody!

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  1. Cassidy on Friday 17, 2012

    Sorry to hear about Steve Walker. When I was 16, I had finished high school and gotten a part time job at a gallery on Yonge St where Steve was the star. The scenes he painted really made an impression on me, and the times he would come by the gallery always stood out because he was so friendly, fun and kind. Boo. :(

  2. Editor on Friday 17, 2012

    Thanks for sharing this sweet story Cassidy. I suspect Walker’s work will continue to make an impression on others the way it has on both you and I.

  3. Connie L. on Friday 17, 2012

    Thanks for directing me to such wonderful nuggets. Your online mag is great!
    The Slope, oh my god, how hilarious and brilliant.
    Aaaand…now I finally know who the artist was of this beautiful postcard that I purchased over 20 yrs ago and set in a small frame. Sad to learn that he is no longer with us.
    Keep up the good work Suzy! You have a great eye and can really pick out the meat from the potatoes or vice-versa if you are vegan. :)

  4. Editor on Friday 17, 2012

    Connie L – Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely response. I’m so glad you’re enjoying Queeriesmag and the Things & Stuff blog.