Enza’s guide to pride



Torstar News Service


Transsexual activist Nina Arsenault will receive the Pride Gala’s Unstoppable award.


If you’ve missed the last two days of Pride events, don’t worry, things are about to get a little sexier. Sexy Pride makes its way once again to the Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St.

Famed porn star turned PhD sexologist Annie Sprinkle sizes up the audience with life partner and visual artist Elizabeth Stephens in Exposed: Experiments In Love, Sex, Death & Art.

It’s a sexy love story based on the lives of Sprinkle and Stephens and how their queer lives have been touched by the events around them. Warning: there is nudity, but the shocking part of it all is there’s some audience participation.

“It’s the true life story of two sexy older broads in love. Expect to be well-loved, titillated, turned on, inspired,” says Sprinkle.

The show runs until Thursday with doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. www.buddiesinbadtimestheatre.com/www.loveartlab.org.

Get ready to be transported back in time to the ’60s. In a Truman Capote black-and-white-inspired theme, the Pride Toronto Gala honours those who have brought significant achievements to queer life.

Justin Trudeau and Sook-Yin Lee will be working as honorary co-chairs while Canada’s top funny lady, Mary Walsh, acts as the evening’s host.

Recipients being honoured include retiring Toronto Centre Liberal MP Bill Graham, who will receive Pride’s lifetime achievement award for his support for the lesbian and gay community.

Royal Ontario Museum CEO William Thorsell, who has led the ROM to an incredible transformation, scores the award for arts and culture.

HIV/AIDS researcher and former co-chair of the International AIDS Conference in Toronto, Dr. Mark Wainberg, will receive the award in the science, medicine and technology category.

Anglican Bishop Michael Ingram, who gave priests the right to marry same-sex couples, will be honoured in the spirituality category.

Matt Hines started her senior year in Northern Secondary as a boy and finished as a girl. Her public transition puts her in the youth award category.

The final award, in the Unstoppable category, will be presented to transsexual activist, writer, instructor, and sex trade worker Nina Arsenault.

After the long night of theatre and gala you can rest your heels at Gladstone’s, 1214 Queen St. W. Hump Day Bump, free at 11 p.m.

Whew. Just four days to go!