How Comic and Author Arianne Tong is Celebrating Delight 2021

Pictures courtesy of Arianne Tong.

This Delight Month, FASHION is giving area to native LGBTQ2S+ voices within the artistic neighborhood to share what it means to them — and the way they’ll be celebrating.

Like many of us within the LGBTQ2S+ neighborhood, Toronto-based comic and author Arianne Tong has seen Delight as a possibility to let unfastened and have fun. “Traditionally, the entire month of Delight has been nice, however the one weekend particularly with the parade in Toronto, has been the last word launch,” she says. “To not expertise that during the last two years is fairly disappointing. There’s nothing like Delight weekend — it’s Christmas for homosexual folks. I actually miss it.”

At the least Tong and others have fortuitously been capable of finding connection on-line by a plethora of digital occasions within the absence of enormous, in-person gatherings. And plenty of of those retailers, together with Tong’s weekly popular culture trivia occasion referred to as Query All the pieces, can have a further donation angle within the coming weeks.

The June 23 QE recreation, as an illustration, can be a “Tremendous Queer” model of the evening, and proceeds from participant registration will profit Across Boundaries. “I’m specializing in methods to assist [communities] in a roundabout way,” Tong notes of the give-back initiative; Throughout Boundaries is centred round offering entry to psychological well being and habit providers to “marginalized and racialized communities domestically and throughout Canada.”

Tong additionally faucets Phil Villeneuve from queer tradition collective Yohomo — which is able to host a digital dance celebration June 26 — and his musical bingo ‘do on June 18 as one other must-attend fête this Delight month. 5 {dollars} from each ticket bought will go to Friends Of Ruby, a Toronto-based useful resource for LGBTQ2S+ youth that provides help from transitional housing to artistic programming and psychological well being/wellness providers.

Whereas Tong rides out the IRL emptiness of a few of her favorite festivities just like the hip hop-centric celebration Yes Yes Y’all and Cherry Bomb, the “enjoyable flirty dance celebration for queer girls and pals” (as per the tagline on its web site), she’s discovered a method to boost her digital trivia nights from the consolation of dwelling.

“I’ve mandated costumes and themes. I didn’t actually get into costumes earlier than COVID-19 [but] it’s a superb alternative to jazz up being indoors,” she says, including that current QE occasions have included a “Disney villains” vibe that noticed Tong costume like Ursula from The Little Mermaid.

Whimsical get-ups apart, Tong additionally retains a way of nice expectations regardless of limitations in terms of this month’s Delight actions. “I’m far more pumped for this 12 months than final 12 months,” she says. “There was a thick cloud of despair and never realizing what was happening or for the way lengthy. [But] we’re beginning to be vaccinated, and persons are extra optimistic and looking out ahead to this possibly being the final 12 months the place that is the scenario.”

As restrictions start to ease throughout Ontario and the remainder of Canada, it’s certainly trigger for much more revelry — safely, and largely extra subdued, after all. “I would go to a park and put down a blanket and have a picnic with my girlfriend and have fun being collectively,” Tong says, noting that you simply don’t have to go huge to be proud. “We have to proceed the spirit of Delight, which is to have fun being out and open in public.”

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