Our Vision & Goals

Kai Cheng Thom at Naked Heart 2016 (Photo: Mitchel Raphael)

Founded in October of 2015, Naked Heart is often the largest and most diverse LGBTQ literary festival in the world.

To establish a yearly Canadian LGBTQ literary festival that amplifies love, language & freedom.


  • Strengthen literacies and the literary community of LGBTQ people.
  • Create spaces for people to find new work, new opportunities, new friends and new lovers.
  • Increase supports for underrepresented identities, experiences and forms of language.
  • Build bridges between people of different generations and cultures in the LGBTQ community.
  • Use story as a catalyst to resist oppression, explore desire, increase love & heal trauma for anyone whose gender or sexual identity doesn’t fit society’s narrow limits and expectations.

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