Vivek Shraya

A 6×13 photo mosaic of smiling faces, crossed by a grey banner with bold white text: “What I LOVE about being QUEER.”"

What I LOVE about being QUEER

What I LOVE about being QUEER is Vivek Shraya’s third short film, available on DVD now.

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  • Alex Brown
  • Ali Humza Naqvi
  • Anna Willats
  • Anni Spadafora
  • Asam Ahmad
  • Brendan Healy
  • Caleb Nault
  • Chelsey Lichtawoman
  • Chy Ryan Spain
  • Elisha Lim
  • Farzana Doctor
  • Jelani Ade-Lam
  • Jordan Tannahill
  • Kaleb Robertson
  • Karine Silverwoman
  • Karlene Moore
  • Katherine Friesen
  • Kathryn Payne
  • Lauren Keegan
  • Marilyn McLean
  • Maureen Hynes
  • Nedal Sul
  • Rachna Contractor
  • Rinaldo Walcott
  • Roy Mitchell
  • Ryan G. Hinds
  • Sarah Fobes
  • Shushan Araya
  • Sze-Yang Ade-Lam
  • Tegan Quin
  • Tenniel Hanson
  • Tim McCaskell
  • Trish Yeo
Release date:
Running time:18′23″
Aspect ratio:16:9
Closed captioning:English
Sound mix:Heather Kirby

Filmed entirely in Shraya’s Toronto apartment last October, What I LOVE about being QUEER is a candid and raw look at queerness. In some scenes, the hum of Shraya’s refrigerator or soft giggling can be heard off in the distance. It all makes for an honest, yet familiar account of being queer… Shraya’s intimate, yet humourous approach is a welcome change of pace.

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  • Luststreifen - Queer Film Festival Basel


  • Camp fYrefly (Edmonton, AB)
  • Reel Desires: Chennai International Queer Film Festival (India)
  • OUTEast Queer Film Festival (Halifax, NS)
  • Chennai Rainbow Film Festival (India)
  • Peterborough Public Library
  • Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance Summit (Toronto, ON)
  • Queer As Folk Norrköping Film Festival (Sweden)
  • Radical Self-Care and The Decolonized Mind Conference (Portland State University, OR)
  • WILABQ Exhibit (Toronto, ON)
  • Carlton University (Ottawa, ON)
  • London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (UK)
  • University of Alberta (Edmonton, AB)
  • University of Victoria (Victoria, BC)
  • McGill University (Montreal, QC)
  • Bangalore Queer Film Festival (India)
  • Reelout Film Festival (Kingston, ON)


  • Dare to Stand Out Conference (Sudbury, ON)
  • Ryerson University (Toronto, ON)
  • McMaster University (Hamilton, ON)
  • University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON)
  • Rebels WITH a Cause Film Festival (Toronto, ON)
  • Brock University (St. Catharines, ON)
  • Reel Pride Film Festival (Winnipeg, MB)
  • Downtown Dayton LGBT Film Festival (Dayton, OH)
  • University of Ottawa (Ottawa, ON)
  • Vancouver Queer Film Festival
  • Queer West Film Festival (Toronto, ON)
  • Project Acorn (Ottawa, ON)
  • George Brown College (Toronto, ON)

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About the book

Tumblr: What do you LOVE about being QUEER?

There are so many reasons to love being queer. We want to hear—and share—yours. Tell us in a sentence or two what you love about being queer, attach a photo of yourself, and we'll post it to the official WILABQ blog.