Topline: Kamala Harris and Jaida Essence Hall

Hello friend, here is a tiny sampling of the stories coming your way in this week’s Xtra Weekly ‍ newsletter. Let’s get to it!


With few safe spaces for LGBTQ2 communities and a burgeoning alt-right movement, Hamilton, Ontario, has become a microcosm of other urban centres grappling with hate. Xtra contributor HG Watson explores the anatomy of a city with a hate problem. [Xtra]


Joe Biden called his running mate Kamala Harris a “pioneer in marriage equality.” The pair gave a shout out to LGBTQ2 people in their first appearance together since Biden announced Harris as his running mate for the upcoming U.S. election. Harris has named a Black lesbian, Karine Jean-Pierre, as her chief of staff. Plus, LGBTQ people speak out about life after the blast in Lebanon.


The tea. Drag Race royalty Jaida Essence Hall doesn’t know “‘a single Black queen” who hasn’t experienced racism from fans. Also this week, drag artist Sasha Velour’s Quibi series, Nightgowns, is returning for Season 2.

All these stories and much more in this week’s Xtra Weekly.


Hail the queen .


Want to know more? Subscribe to Xtra Weekly to stay up-to-date with everything in queer and trans news and culture. See you in your inbox!

On occasion, the number of editors and other staff who contribute to a story gets a little unwieldy to give a byline to everyone. That’s when we use “Xtra Staff” in place of the usual contributor info. If you would like more information on who contributed to a particular story, please contact us here.

Keep Reading

Job discrimination against trans and non-binary people is alive and well

OPINION: A study reveals that we have a long way to go to reach workplace equality for trans and non-binary people

The new generation of gay Conservative sellouts

OPINION: Melissa Lantsman’s and Eric Duncan’s refusals to call out their party’s transphobia is a betrayal of the LGBTQ2S+ community

Over 300 anti-LGBTQ2S+ bills have been introduced this year. This doesn’t mean we should panic

OPINION: While it’s important to watch out for threats, not all threats are created equally. Some of these bills will die a natural death

Xtra’s top LGBTQ2S+ stories of the year

The best and brightest—even most bewildering—stories from a back catalogue brimming with insight