A guide to local favorites in Church-Wellesley Village
- By Mai Nguyen
- Photos by Chris Donovan
There’s no such thing as a single gay neighborhood in Toronto, but if you had to point to one, it would be this segment of Church Street. The village’s birth came about after the 1981 bathhouse raids that galvanized the gay and lesbian community. As gay- and queer-owned businesses have expanded to other parts of the city over the years, the village remains an inclusive space with establishments like the 519 Community Centre. In the hot, sticky summers, the street bursts to full bloom during Pride Month.
Meet Mai Nguyen
Mai has lived in Toronto since 2006. Before that, she lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Vancouver, B.C.; and Halifax, Nova Scotia — which has kept her from developing the center-of-the-universe complex that Torontonians sometimes get.
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