What’s Reeling Out This November

7pm November 17th 2022 BOYS DON’T CRY 844A Princess Street

Our “You’re the Inspiration: Queer Movie Socials” selection by Brad Dies is the 1999 drama Boys Don’t Cry by Kimberly Pierce and starring Hilary Swank.  Swank went on to win an Oscar for her performance as Brandon Teena, based on a real-life trans man and the events that lead to their murder in Nebraska.   This is a brilliant film and it is a deeply upsetting film that contains scenes of violence and rape but it is also vital to tell their stories especially just days before Trans Day of Remembrance 2022.  This is NOT a family-friendly film.  Based on actual events. Brandon Teena is the popular new guy in a tiny Nebraska town. He hangs out with the guys, drinking, cussing, and bumper surfing, and he charms the young women, who’ve never met a more sensitive and considerate young man. Life is good for Brandon, now that he’s one of the guys and dating hometown beauty Lana; however, he’s forgotten to mention one important detail. It’s not that he’s wanted in another town for GTA and other assorted crimes, but that Brandon Teena was actually born a woman named Teena Brandon. When his best friends make this discovery, Brandon’s life is ripped apart.

6pm November 20th 2022 TRANS DAY  OF REMEMBRANCE Kingston City Hall

Please bring a candle and dress warmly. We will meet at the steps of Kingston’s City Hall at 6pm for a peaceful, candlelight vigil where we will remember all who have been lost to violence against Trans lives.
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester’s death, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
“Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people — sometimes in the most brutal ways possible — it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice.”- Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith

7pm November 24th 2022 BORN IN FLAMES 844A Princess Street

Our “You’re the Inspiration: Queer Movie Socials” selection by MaryLouise Adams & Eleanor MacDonald is the 1983 Science Fiction Feminist Fantasy film BORN IN FLAMES by Lizzie Borden. Set ten years after the most peaceful revolution in United States history, a revolution in which a socialist government gains power, this films presents a dystopia in which the issues of many progressive groups – minorities, liberals, gay rights organizations, feminists – are ostensibly dealt with by the government, and yet there are still problems with jobs, with gender issues, with governmental preference and violence. In New York City, in this future time, a group of women decide to organize and mobilize, to take the revolution farther than any man – and many women – ever imagined in their lifetimes.