GAY SOCCER PLAYER DAVID TESTO TALKS COMING OUT & MALECALL.CA

Last week I was fortunate enough to sit down with Rannie and speak by phone with professional soccer player, role model, face of Male Call Canada and out gay man, David Testo.

If you follow sports and gay culture you may have heard of David. In November 2011 he made the decision to go public with the most personal information of his life… he’s gay. His family knew, many of his teammates, coaches and opponents knew, but the public did not.That changed last fall and when we asked him why, his answer was like many that we’ve all heard before – the time was right. His family knew, his friends knew, he turned 30 in August and yet he still wasn’t living his life to its fullest. He wasn’t part of the community that he feels he belongs in. He wasn’t being true to himself.

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Reel Asian Film Festival: Passion Pick Flicks To Hold a Birthday Candle To

You know you’re in for a good time when a birthday is involved and the same applies to a film festival.   Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival will be celebrating it’s 15th anniversary starting tonight.  Unlike a human teenage counterpart it’s us that will be spoiled rotten over the course of not just one day but spread across six.

Being as lucky as a waving cat I’ve been able to tear a whole in the movie gift wrapping about to be dished out in the downtown core.  Here are my top picks from talent near and afar.

Not even an image can keep this fellow static and still!  Bashing out a silent beat above is Mr. Kwon.  You might not remember him with his now silver locks but jump back in the YouTube time machine with the dial set back a few millions views & tune in to the 1970’s on TV in Toronto to jog your memory.

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Halloween 2011

In the Toronto, there are two important events in the queer community, Pride, which is like Gay New Years and Halloween which is like Gay Christmas. Church street shuts down to traffic and the people, both gay and straight take to the streets to celebrate. This year for Halloween I went with two different costumes. On Friday night, I attended the PitBull party at the courthouse in my army gear and on Halloween Monday, I dressed as a lumberjack and took to the streets with my Canon 5D mrkII.

The camera is new to my arsenal, and for the longest time, I told myself that video on an SLR was not a feature that I would really want or use. I was surprisingly mistaken. During the evening on Church Street, I shot 45 video clips and zero photos the whole night. Below is a video edited by my sister Kidkulit and shot by yours truly capturing the vibe on Church Street during Halloween Gay Christmas.

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Another Year Another Pride

Another year, another pride and I must say that this was probably one of the better ones that I have experienced in a long time. I got to bump into a lot of familiar and friendly faces, I got to dance up a storm in the 519 Green Space as well as at the Pitbull Pride party (which was amazing) and I did a bit of flirting as well.

It’s all about hanging out with your friends, having a good time and celebrating our diversity.

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5 Years Ago

For the photoblog today, I thought I’d dig something out of the vault. From the Toronto Pride Parade 2006. Shot with my Canon 20D.

10 x 10 Opening and Book Launch

On Thursday, June 30th, I had the pleasure of being a part of an amazing group show featuring the work of 10 queer photographers including myself. We each presented 10 portraits culminating in a body of work which showcased 100 images of queers in the arts.

The exhibit 10x10: 100 Portraits Celebrating LGBT People in the arts is running at the White House studio space at 277.5 Augusta Ave (just south of College in Kensington Market) until Friday, July 8. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m

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