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Join us and the fine folx at Glad Day Bookshop as we host the Any Other Way Reading Series. Each Tuesday in July, we'll feature Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer's contributors who are also some of the city's biggest and brightest voices on queer culture - past, present and, and future.



Karen BK Chan is a queerdo from Hong Kong. Her small, middle-class astronaut family emigrated to Toronto in 1987 during the mass exodus before the 1997 handover. Fluent in Cantonese but also someone who passes as Canadian-born, BK loves navigating between communities, stories, and meanings.

Fiona MacCool is retired stand-up comedian, exhausted parent, extroverted shut-in, lounge singer, politics junkie and social media addict. She lives in Toronto with her patient wife and two impatient children.

Rupert Raj has been a Eurasian-Canadian, pansexual, trans activisit since 1971. As a gender specialist/psychotherapist in Toront from 2000 to 2015, he counselled transgender, genderqueer, intersex an Two Spirit people, and as an expert witness, testified at human rights hearings. In 2013, Rupert was inducted into the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, where the 'Rupert Raj Collection' is housed. He co-edited (with Dan Irving) Trans Activism in Canada: A Reader. His memoirs, Dancing the Dialectic: True Tales of a Eurasian-Canadian Trans Activist, will be out this year.

Sly Sarkisova has worked on the margins with folks surviving structural homelessness, systemic mental health neglect and intergenerational traumas for the past sixteen years in Coast Salish Territory and Tkaronto. He centres radical emotional honesty, observation, and empathy in his psychotherapy practice, writing, photography and life. Sly explores identity, resiliency and coping through his writing.

Rahim Thawer is a registered social worker, consultant, post-secondary instructor, and mental health counsellor. He has worked at multiple HIV/AIDS service organizations in Toronto as an outreach worker, resource writer, program coordinator, tester, and counsellor. Rahim continues to work in direct practice settings with newcomer, racialized, and LGBTQ communities. Rahim is an active community organizer with Salaam: Queer Muslim Community and is the co-founder of Ismaili Queers: Advocates for Pluralism.

Jake Tobin Garrett is a writer, urban planner, and park nerd in Toronto. He works as manager of policy and research for the charity Park People and often writes about parks for Spacing Magazine.
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By: Coach House Books