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Let Alvaro Stay!

30 May

Earful of Queer talks to Craig Fortier of No One is Illegal about Alvaro Orozco.  Alvaro was picked up following a targeted ID check on Friday May 13th and is currently being held at the Rexdale Immigration Holding Centre where he faces imminent deportation.

Alvaro is a  Queer Artist who fled from Nicaragua at a young age to escape homophobic violence.  He has since become an active member of Toronto’s Queer and Arts communities.  In 2007 his refugee claim was denied because he didn’t look gay enough according to the adjudicator.

In this interview we discuss Alvaro’s case, the conditions of the detention centre, the community response and how folks can get involved and support Alvaro.

Alvaro was recently notified that he would be deported this Thursday June 2nd.  He has requested a deferral and his lawyer will be going to the Federal Court of Appeal to argue for a stay on his deportation until his Humanitarian & Compassionate (H&C) application is decided upon.

Update:  With many thanks to the incredible organizing and rallying of various communities, Alvaro’s Humanitarian and Compassionate application has been approved and he is set to be released from the immigration holding centre today (June 1st).

Elisha Lim and the Illustrated Gentleman

16 May

Shabina and Carly chatted with Elisha Lim while they were on a bus to Montreal.  In the first part of the interview Elisha reads Butch #34 and  we discuss butch identity and mixed race identity.  Check out this illustrated documentary Elisha is working on with their sister Thea about mixed race identity.

We also talk about the Feminist Art Gallery (FAG).  Their work, The Illustrated Gentleman is the first to be exhibited at FAG and is up until the end of May.  Check out Elisha’s art blog!

Elisha also has super cute Queer love cards on etsy.

In the second part of the interview we talk about the Sex Appeals, Xtra‘s refusal to use Elisha’s preferred pronoun they, and the summer.

Check out Elisha’s music on myspace and their portfolio on tumblr

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