Saturday, August 15, 2015

Jason Matlo: Making It Big

Working out of his Vancouver studio in the historic Gastown neighbourhood, award-winning fashion designer, Jason Matlo, is keenly aware of how far he has come, not just in the fashion world, but as an out gay man. In a interview with the Westender, Matlo, a winner on the TV series, Making It Big, mused: “It’s a fascinating, fascinating time for the gay community right now; it certainly has propelled forward more in the last year than I thought I was going to see in my lifetime, because I was a gay teen in the 1980s – in Kelowna, to boot,” Matlo laughs. “I never thought I would see the day when it was this open and this accepted.” Already well-established as a designer of chic, retro-inspired women's ready-made and ready-to-wear clothing, plus a stunning line of bridal gowns, Matlo took the leap from selling his clothing lines to retailers to selling direct, a move that resulted in the designer's best sales year to date.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Michael Sam Is Leaving Pro Football

Michael Sam made headlines around the world when he became the first openly gay player drafted for the American National Football League. When he didn't get a permanent contract with any NFL teams in the USA we were excited about having him play for the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes. Now, sadly, he is leaving pro football altogether citing mental health reasons. "The last 12 months have been very difficult for me, to the point where I became concerned with my mental health....Because of this I am going to step away from the game at this time." Michael Sam had a 2 year deal with the Alouettes. He's only 25-years-old and has his whole life ahead of him. I hope he gets the help that he needs.

LGBT Mural Vandalized - Again!

Earlier this week, our local LGBTQ centre, Qmunity was vandalized and now there's a new report that a mural created by Toronto-based artists, Anna Camilleri and Tristan R Whiston, has also been defaced - again! In fact, there have been four separate occasions of homophobic vandalism on this mural. The mural is a celebration of the contributions LGBT people have made in sports but Camilleri says her art is for all people. "I think whoever is vandalizing the artwork has found that the existence of LGBT people objectionable, and is projecting that on to this artwork, which could be interpreted in a lot of different ways.” The artists plan on checking the mural once a week and are considering using other materials that might protect their artwork. A report was filed with the police. To date there are no suspects.