I wrote a piece for The Toronto Star on a beloved figure within the city’s 2SLGBTQ+ community, Patricia Wilson.
A recent institutional review at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre has led to staffing changes at the queer institution — a restructuring that has not come without controversy. Beyond measured statements from both parties, there are few details on what motivated Patricia’s departure. I’m reluctant to say anything other than that community organizations need to evolve to meet the needs of changing communities and that Wilson has always been central to that project.
Controversies aside, I still felt compelled to celebrate Patricia’s contributions to (and legacy within) the community – a bit of a follow-up to the piece I wrote on her in 2014 for Xtra. She certainly had an impact on my life, and has remained a supportive voice on my journey.
Cheers, Patricia. I have no doubt you’ll continue to impact the lives of many wherever you go next.