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thom vernon is a writer, actor, educator and queer exile. He is performing 'The Drifts Live: the novel onstage' at the United Solo Festival, Nov. 6, 7 based on his novel The Drifts (Coach House Books, 2010). Learn more at thomvernon.com. An American, he lives in Toronto.

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Being Told I Would Die From AIDS Taught Me How to Live

(12) Comments | Posted October 26, 2013 | 4:26 AM

As I was saying in Part 1, I'm bringing 'The Drifts Live: the novel onstage' to NYC (United Solo Festival, Nov. 6, 7 pm) and have been asked a lot about my longevity in show business. There are thousands of people like me, in...

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Stay Interested. Eyes Open. (Part 1)

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 12:21 PM

As I get ready to bring The Drifts Live: the novel onstage to NYC (United Solo Festival, Nov. 6., 7pm), I've been getting asked a lot how I've stayed in show business so long. When people ask that, they also usually want to know which Seinfeld...

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Women are the Bellwether of Global Rights

(2) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 8:34 AM

A chance meeting with a person who works on the religious fundamentalisms project at Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID), in the midst of the local assault on social services has helped me to see more clearly how Mayor Ford's locally proposed cuts reflect global trends.

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What Happened to Aid for AIDS?

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2011 | 10:19 PM

A lot has happened since I began typing. Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Canada's Minister of International Cooperation, announced that Canada will fulfill the commitment it made to the Global Fund in the fight against AIDS. That is welcome news after a too-long struggle to do our part. Wish...

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Occupy Toronto: We Know What We Mean (Even if We Haven't Said it Yet)

(2) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 10:24 AM

I've just come back from St. James Park where Occupy Toronto and the 99% is in full-swing. Entering off of Jarvis/Adelaide, I passed a logistics table, a library, a legal tent, a medical tent, a 'club' for dancing and a sacred space for prayer and sitting....

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Death and AIDS Action at Toronto City Hall

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 5:33 PM

If somehow you have gotten through the last 30 years without HIV/AIDS impacting your life, kudos to you. For the rest of us, it's been different. My sister-in-law, Susan, whose wry grin pushed through a determined exterior, who could get in and out of a grocery store like nobody's business...

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Resisting Ford's TO: Coming Together at Dufferin Grove

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2011 | 5:09 PM

Walking into Dufferin Grove Park on Saturday (Sept. 10, 2011), a bright sunny afternoon, the last thing I expected to see was over a thousand Torontonians huddled over ideas, policy choices and alternatives for the direction of a city under siege. These people couldn't all be here for the

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Toronto's Water: A Reservoir of Ideas and Innovation

(2) Comments | Posted August 17, 2011 | 3:03 PM

Yesterday, I visited Water: the Exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum here in Toronto. The exhibit is educational and tactile. It inspires awe. I was there with my friend, Marjorie Ryerson, whose book, Water Music accompanies the exhibit. In the book, world-renowned musicians (Dave Brubek, Renee...

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Rob Ford's Jig

(2) Comments | Posted August 2, 2011 | 1:35 PM

I have been at this dance before.

Rob Ford, Toronto's recently-elected mayor, danced into office promising to "stop the gravy train" at city hall. Problem is, he and his strategy are still dancing but there is no gravy. After stacking the City Council Executive Committee with like-minded councillors, the...

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