Lane name change honours playwright

Ceremony for Sky Gilbert whose work focuses on gender issues

Krisytyn Wong-Tam (left) and Sky Gilbert (right) posses with personalized signs. Henry Chang Li

Toronto Lane was renamed on Oct. 30 in honour of Canadian playwright Sky Gilbert.

Gilbert has written and produced over 40 plays. He has also written several novels and books of poetry. His work centres on sexuality and gender.

Gilbert was joined by Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam, members of the LGBTQ community, and Gilbert’s friends and family at the noon-hour event.

Gilbert said he is grateful for the acknowledgment and sees it as significant.

Sky Gilbert says the lane sign is "appropriately" crooked.

Sky Gilbert says the lane sign is “appropriately” crooked.

“It’s very important that governments and institutions can recognize marginalized people,” Gilbert said. “I am someone that is marginal. I am marginal until the day I die.”

Sky Gilbert Lane is located behind the Buddies in Bad Times theatre, which Gilbert co-founded. The theatre is known for its distinct queer aesthetics and its pro-sexual and anti-establishment production.

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By: Henry Chang Li
Copy editor: Tanya Debi
Posted: Oct 31 2014 12:18 am
Filed under: Arts & Life News