As I walk the length of Centennial Hall, a burning sensation is forming in my bladder. A need to pee! I suppress this bodily function too often, but here I am saved! A gender-neutral washroom is midway down this hall, and, as I lock the stall door, I am thankful that this time I won’t be forced to choose between a binary that I’ve never been able to fit into.
It’s an exciting time to be an Indigenous artist.
“What can I drink there?” can be as big a question for sober folks as it is for anyone else, but our take on the answer is a little bit different.
Most of the times when I’ve really, really wanted to drink, it’s not the alcohol that I crave. I’m chasing a feeling of belonging. Drinking seems to magically grant that gift to everyone else, so why can’t I have some, too?
Even when the misogyny isn’t explicit, there’s an underlying vibe that the archetypical cyclist is able-bodied and masculine.
We still live in a world where being yourself as an LGBTQ+ person isn’t always kosher. It’s a gamble to be out, and you don’t always win.
I have decided not to congratulate people on weight loss anymore. It’s just too uncomfortable.
It's one thing to stay sober when life is going well. But how do you stay present in harder times?
Public facilities for public health
It doesn’t sound like a big deal not to see yourself represented in the latest teen drama or popular blockbuster. And in a way, it’s not significant in the way that basic rights are for the LGBTQ+ community. However, it does represent another level of belonging within society that straight people automatically have.
Male ‘period-phobia’: the oldest joke in the book
Stepping back onstage without drunken antics
Portage and Main is our public square
Coming out doesn’t fix everything
There are a lot of ways people have responded to my sobriety in public – some awkward, some less so. One of the strangest responses I’ve had so far is the so-called “are you spying on us?” response.
Despite our characteristic self-deprecation, Winnipeggers love announcing to each other and the world that our city is great.
Happiness can feel like a greased pig we are forever chasing only to land in mud and excrement over and over again. Why do you elude us, happiness? Here, piggy piggy piggy.
In the world of rock ’n’ roll, booze is often seen as central and necessary. Knowing that some musical heroes are sober while creating and performing their work can be hugely inspirational for fans and other musicians.
Six months ago, Errol Greene could feel a seizure coming on. He hadn’t been allowed to take his prescribed epilepsy meds since being brought into the Remand Centre for breaching a probation order on a mischief charge several days earlier.
Paddle Your Own Paddleboard: My Attempt at the Solo Vacation