Elvira Kurt (Lesbian) A Native of Toronto, Ontario Kurt is the star of The Comedy Network's With Elvira Kurt, which is a satirical show about the world of pop culture. She has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has been on several comedy shows on Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, the Comedy Network, CTV and CBC. Kurt has also written for the Ellen DeGeneres CBS Pilot, the Ellen DeGeneres HBO Special, This Hour Has 22 Minutes and several award shows. She has won the Gold and Silver Award for Worldfest International Film Festival, Best Stand-up Comic (2 years) People's choice and has been nominated for several other awards.
Rick Mercer (Gay) Born in 1969 in St. John, Newfoundland Mercer is most known for his performances on CBCs "The Rick Mercer Report", and "This Hour has 22 Minutes", with his most popular segment on the show "Talking to Americans". This segment attracted 2.7 million viewers internationally, making it the highest ranking comedy special in CBC history. Rick Mercer in 1998, wrote and starred in his own sitcom, Made in Canada, which was a satire about the Canadian film and television industry. Mercer has received 20 Gemini Awards, six Canadian Comedy Awards, three Writers Guild of Canada Awards, the 1993 Newfoundland and Labrador Art Council's Artist of the Year Award, the 2003 Banff Television Festival's Sir Peter Ustinov Award and 2004 Governor General's Performing Arts Award.
Lucas Silveira of "The Clicks" (Female to Male (FTM) Transgender) Silveira is a native to Toronto, Ontario and is the lead vocalist of the hit Canadian band the Clicks. The Clicks are the first band to have an openly transgender male leader signer signed by a major recording label, Tommy Boy Entertainment. The Clicks have released three albums thus far; The Clicks (2004), Snakehouse (2007), and Dirty King (2009). Along with the release of these three albums, the Clicks have participated in the multi-artist True Colors Tour in 2007 and 2008 which toured 15 cities in the Canada and the United States.
Trevor Boris (Gay)
Born in 1979 in Ashern, Manitoba Trevor Boris is most well known for his position as one of the stars and producer on MuchMusic's "Video on Trial". He has also starred in numerous standup specials including One Night Standup on LOGO and Comedy NOW on CTV. He has been nominated twice for the Canadian Comedy Award and won COCA Comedian of the year award. Boris has also performed at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, the Cape Town International Comedy Festival in South Africa, the DC Comedy Fest in Washington, and the Vancouver Comedy Festival. Boris has also written for the National Post, the '08 and '09 Juno Awards and was one of the writers for the '07, '08, and '09 MuchMusic Videa Awards. Boris was also named in NOW magazine's Top 10 Comedy Performances of 2006. Boris has also performed in the Windsor Pride Festival (2009).
Anna Paquin (bisexual) Anna Paquin was born in Winnipeg Manitoba in 1982. She moved to New Zealand when she was four years old. She broke out in the film industry with her Oscar winning performance in The Piano in 1993. She has also starred in Fly away Home (1996), Jane Eyre (1996), Hurlyburly (1998), Walk on the Moon (1998), The X men movies as Rouge, Finding Forester (2000), Almost Famous (2000), Trick r' Treat (2007) and many other films. She is currently most well known for her reoccurring role on the HBO series True Blood as Sookie.
Mark Tewksbury (Gay)
Tewksbury was born in Calgary, Alberta February 7th, 1968. Tewksbury joined the National swim team at 16 in 1984, winning gold in the 100m backstroke in the 1986 Commonwealth Games, gold in the 100m backstroke in the 1990 Commonwealth Games, silver in the 1991 World Aquatic Championships, and in 1991 he won gold in the backstroke at the Barcelona Olympics. He was the first Canadian athlete to voluntarily announce his homosexuality in 1998. Since then, Tewksbury was on the board of directors for the 2006 World Outgames in Montreal and served as a CBC Sports' Swimming analyst during the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Tegan and Sara (Lesbians)
Tegan and Sara Quin are twins born in Calgary, Alberta in 1980. Their debut on the Canadian music stage was when they received the highest score in history at Calgary's "Garaga Warz" competition in 1998. Both musicians play the guitar and sing vocals. They released their first low budget recording in 1999 entitled Under Feet like Ours. From this start, the twins career grew and in September 2004 they released their critically acclaimed album which was named one of Rolling Stone's Top 50 Albums of 2005. Their latest album Sainthood was released in October 2009.
Mark Leduc (Gay)
Mark Leduc was born in the East end of Toronto, Ontario in 1962 and died in 2009. With a troubled youth and several run-ins with the law, Mark turned his life around through his love of boxing. He showed his skill in the ring in the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympic games by winning a silver medal for Canada. He went pro after this victory and won the Canadian super lightweight championship in 1993. Leduc was also an activist for gay rights after he came out of the closet in the mid 1990s. He spoke in the gay-rights documentary called For the Love of the Game (1994) and volunteering for Toronto People with AIDS Foundation.
Jay Manuel (Gay)
Born in 1972 in Toronto, Ontario Jay Manuel is one of Canada's most famous model, fashion director and makeup artist. Manuel began his career as a makeup artist but is most well known for his work as Creative Director/ Producer on 12 consecutive cycles of America's Next Top Model. He has also worked on other shows such as Style Her Famous, E!, and Canada's Next Top Model. Manuel is also responsible for "the look" of several celebrities including Tyra Banks, Jennifer Lopez, Pink, Iman and David Bowie.