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Outexpressions Newspaper - History

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Outexpressions Newspaper: Daily events for culture queers.


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History of the Paper

Outexpressions began as a hand printed Zine with 300 subscribers in 1995 and hand delivered to friends in Queer West Toronto Ontario. In 1996 it became The Inside Story Newspaper (Published on a Listserv.). In 2003 became part of Gay West Community Network web site.

The paper was donated to the QueerWest.org in November 2008. At a Special General Meeting of the Board of Directors, a vote was taken in May 2009, to accept the donation and changed the name to Outexpressions Newspaper.

The Board decided it would be run it as a social enterprise of QueerWest.org, in recognition of the organisations broader national focus. Any advertising revenues generated by OuteXpressions would support the Non profit and its services to the community. The entertainment pages garners 40,000 page views a day. Outexpressions Newspaper somewhat like Gay Life, a publication of the Community Center of Baltimore Maryland,

Meet the Publisher

Michel F. Paré lives Little Portugal, in Toronto’s west end. He is an active member of Toronto’s LGBT community, since 1972 and regularly organizes art shows, gallery tours by bicycle, film festivals, spoken word events, and music concerts across the city. Michel holds Masters in Information Science and Philosophy U of T and worked for several years in the media industry, but left to learn new skills as a back end web content editor, for Energy Probe Research Foundation and the Green Beanery web sites, before retiring. Former member Board of Directors; Fort York Food Bank, where he helped organize benefit events, raising thousands of dollars for Toronto homeless and less fortunate. He is one of nine founding members of QueerWest.org, the parent non-profit organization for the festivals and founder of Queer West Film Festival. Recipient of two Community One Foundation Rainbow Grants: Queer West Fest (2008) and for ShOUT UnConference Series for Young Adults (2010) . In his spare time out of kindness, hosts adult refugees in his home for past nine years; who stay one to three years or more, creating and maintaining a safe nonjudgmental atmosphere of peace and mutual respect.

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Last updated: November 1, 2017.

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