Pride without the prejudice

CAROLE POPE

THE ANTI-DIVA / MUSICIAN

Q: The Pride Parade is to Toronto as…

Beaver is to Canada.

Q: Name three items I should bring to have a great time.

1. Girl 2. Beer 3. Water

Q: What’s your favourite part of Toronto Pride Week?

Walking along Church Street because it’s like being engulfed in a giant love fest.

Q: What’s Anti-Diva, your book-turning-movie, about?

Sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll.

Q: What can we expect from your show at Pride Week?

Sex, sarcasm and killa music.


NIK RED

TOP TORONTO DJ

Q: What food would you associate with Toronto when it’s not Pride Week?

Crème brûlée. Why? It’s kind of sophisticated and crusty on the outside, but once you enter the middle and have a taste, it can be quite sweet.

Q: What is the ultimate Pride song?

“(You Make Me Feel) Mighty Real” by Sylvester.

Q: Who is your favourite gay performer?

RuPaul has been bringing it and consistently delivering for the past 20 years.


SOFONDA COX

DRAG QUEEN EXTRAORDINAIRE

Q: What’s it like to dress up in drag?

Should more of our readers try it out? It’s an exhilarating experience when you look this good! But seriously, drag is about creating the alter ego that you’ve always desired. Try it at least once; you might surprise yourself. But be warned: it’s highly addictive.

Q: Is T.O. a hard place for a drag queen?

Not for me. I’ve always been welcomed with open arms — not to mention open legs!


LEX VAUGHN

LOCAL COMEDIENNE

Q: What does Pride Week mean to you?

New meat to cruise, great cash grab for gay artists and more shocking ways that corporations can make themselves seem gay for a week.

Q: What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever seen at Pride Week?

A TD Bank “mist shower” and TD tattoo parlour, all in one stop.

Q: Describe Pride Week in three outstanding words.

Flaming, rambunctious, steamrolling. 


JONATHON BURFORD

FLOAT DANCER

Q: What’s your go-to dance move on the float?

It’s called the House of Lords shuffle: a little bit vogue, a little bit robot and a lot disturbia.

Q: What’s the best accessory to have on the float?

Water gun full of vodka. Everyone wins.

Q: What’s the must-attend event this year?

The west end for downtown gays; the beer gardens and Prism for tourists.

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