Pride at the Gaystone is back!
You might have seen the rainbow street signs in the windows of businesses along Queen Street that let you know you’re on Queer St. West! It’s a great reminder of the LGBTQ+ culture of the neighbourhood (thanks to the wonderful WQW BIA for those signs), and a signifier of this neighbourhood’s history as a hub for Toronto’s queer community.
It takes a village to bring that community to life. From the queer owned businesses, to the bars and shops that create safe spaces for everyone to be themselves, to the performers and organizers behind the the events that shape Queer St. West’s identity, we’re grateful to be surrounded by so many absolutely amazing people.
With that in mind, Pride Month has now officially started! That means that there will be lots of great places to go and things to do around the neighbourhood, and what better time to get familiar with and support local businesses (many of them queer owned & operated!) that act as community hubs this month (and every month).
You can visit our friends at the The Beaver. They’re literally three doors down from us, and the community behind the Beaver makes amazing things happen all the time. They’ve got quiz nights, dance parties, DJs and a patio out back; and all their events always create a safe space for the queer community to hang out. It’s a must stop for a drink and a dance this June.
Why not get a haircut at one of our local barber shops too? The team at Town Barber are also doing their part to make Queen St. West a community hub, and we appreciate this sign outlining the rules!
Speaking of this clear messaging, Sweaty Betty’s is a great dive bar with a cozy back room and relaxing patio. It’s a much visit; the queer-owned destination is perfect for catching happy hour and mixing and mingling without pretension. The pride flag and sign out front lets guests know exactly what kind of great space this is 🙂
It’s not just about bars either. The Theatre Centre is a performance hub that puts on shows that are political, forward thinking, and representative of diverse communities. This beautiful building also features a cozy cafe where anyone can come in and work, read, and enjoy an afternoon out on Queen West.
Queer owned and operated, The Gladstone is also excited to announce its schedule of Pride Month events for June 2018! From screenings of RuPauls Drag Race to the annual Steers & Queers: Night of 1000 Dollys, we can’t wait to be part of Pride on Queen West again!
And What if you want to see and do everything, everywhere at once? Well glad you asked! The Nuit Rose Art Crawl is the perfect way to do just that. On June 16th, art lovers can explore exciting galleries from Queen St. to the Village. Check out their full listings here.
Happy Pride Month 2018, Queer St W.!