Ann-Marie MacDonald

Ann-Marie MacDonald is a Canadian playwright, novelist, actor and broadcast journalist who lives in Toronto, Ontario. The daughter of a member of Canada's military, she was born at an air force base near Baden-Baden, West Germany.MacDonald won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for her first novel, Fall on Your Knees, which was also named to Oprah Winfrey's Book Club.She received the Governor General's Award for Literary Merit, the Floyd S.

K.D. Lang

k.d. lang is a singer/songwriter known for her stunning voice, androgynous look and brilliant performances. She has been a recording artist for over 25 years, winning four Grammy Awards and countless accolades from critics and audiences worldwide.Born Kathryn Dawn Lang, she was raised in Consort, Alberta, on the Canadian prairie. After winning a childhood singing competition, Lang knew she was destined for a career as a vocalist.

Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes, C.M.

The Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes, C.M. has been the Senior Pastor at the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto for 30 years.

Leisha Hailey

Leisha Hailey (born July 11, 1971) is an American actress and musician. Born in Okinawa, Japan to American parents, Hailey grew up in Bellevue, Nebraska. At 17, she came out as a lesbian before moving to New York City to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she graduated in 1991.With her classmate, Heather Grody, she formed the pop duo The Murmurs in 1991. They enjoyed a cult following in the 1990s, released several albums and toured on the Lilith Fair. In 2001, Hailey and Grody changed their name to Gush. The band split when Leisha began working for The L Word.

Monica Forrester

Monica Forrester is a transgendered woman of colour born and raised in Toronto. She's been a part of the LGBTTQ community for twenty years and has advocated for awareness and visibility of trans women in Canadian society.For the past ten years, she has been working with the 519 Church Street Community to help low-income women sexworkers and to bring more visibility to agencies that trans women access.

Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy (born 23 December 1955, Glasgow) is a poet, playwright, and freelance writer, who currently holds the position of Britain's poet laureate. She is Professor of Contemporary Poetry at the Manchester Metropolitan University and Creative Director of the Manchester Writing School, based in the university's Department of en. She was awarded an OBE in 1995, and a CBE in 2002.Duffy succeeded Andrew Motion as poet laureate on 1 May 2009. She is the first woman and the first openly bisexual person to hold the position, as well as the first laureate to be chosen in the 21st century.

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