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Our Son Will Play With Dolls Whenever He Damn Well Pleases

BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson | Posted 08.19.2016 | Canada Parents
BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson

He loves his little baby just as much as he loves his trains. I think people need to stop over reacting with the whole dolls are for girls and trucks are for boys thing. Just let your kid be who they are, play with what they want to play with. In the end, they will grow up to be the person who they were meant to be.

I Am A Fat, Gay Man – And I Finally Love My Body

Frank Colosimo | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living
Frank Colosimo

I crushed on guys who were "out of my league." I saw others get attention while I was ignored or rejected. I felt bad about my body, which was mostly fat, with little or no visible muscle. My face was pretty and my mannerisms were soft, leaving me pretty low in the hierarchy. So I took action.

Alberta's LGBTQ Students Have The Right To Own Their Narrative

Robbie Kreger-Smith | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Robbie Kreger-Smith

Today in Alberta there is a debate about parental rights v. the rights of LGBTQ kids. It centres around the obligation of a school teacher to whom a student discloses their orientation or gender identity to tell that student's parents. I was fortunate that my parents were supportive and understanding. Not all kids are so fortunate.

Springsteen Cancels North Carolina Concert Over Anti-LGBT Law

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Living

"Some things are more important than a rock show."

Imagine Spending Christmas Without Family Because You're Gay

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 12.23.2015 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

As we speak, there are thousands of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender folks from across the world who are not able to spend Christmas with their families this year. They have been beaten, cursed at and made to feel like they do not belong, leading them to say goodbye to their family and friends.

Holiday Cheer In The Face Of Homophobic Fear

Ron Levy | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Living
Ron Levy

Prior to the 1970s, house parties were an essential element of the homosexual social scene. Photographs of these private affairs are rare. The few that are available in archival collections memorialize a history of forced seclusion. One of the most tantalizing photographs I've come across in my research of Canadian LGBT history is of a trio of men attending a Christmas party in 1956. Standing in front of a decorated tree, a young man with a then-stylish pompadour delights in opening his gift while another man, who has his arm around him and another gentleman, looks on.

Caitlyn Jenner Is A Trans Fantasy

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

As a friend to many trans men and women, I can tell you that this rewarding and glamourous journey of Caitlyn Jenner the world continues to watch, is far from the reality of the trans community.

Marlon James Is A Ray Of Hope For The Caribbean LGBTQ Community

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

After being chastised by my own country of birth for coming out as a lesbian in April of this year and speaking out against the discrimination and harassment I had endured, I began to think that our Caribbean LGBTQ community would simply have to crawl back into our holes of pain and isolation and with muzzles over our mouths. That was until Marlon James!

This Conservative Muslim Scholar Does Not Represent My Islam

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 09.19.2016 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

Muslim scholar Yasir Qadhi recently posted a video on LGBT issues in "modern Islam." He views the issue of same-sex relationships primarily through the lens of "urges" and the singular act of "anal intercourse" between males.

The Law Society of Upper Canada Is Attacking Charter Freedoms

John Carpay | Posted 08.05.2016 | Canada Politics
John Carpay

The Law Society of Upper Canada -- now with the Court's approval -- won't recognize TWU's law degree solely because the person who earned that degree decided, while studying law, to join others in a religious community where people share a personal commitment to traditional marriage. Lawyers have the freedom to advocate for, and practice, their moral beliefs about sexuality. This reflects a basic respect for fundamental Charter freedoms. So why should it be any different for those seeking to enter the legal profession?

This Gay Palestinian Refugee Needs Our Help

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Impact
Junaid Jahangir

John Calvin is gay. He's a refugee from Palestine, who may soon be deported for being born into a family with ties to Hamas. Calvin grew up in a Muslim household that idolizes Hamas. He was indoctrinated to follow that path. Yet, he chose to abandon it.

As a Gay Tamil Man, I Won't Be Shamed

TamilCulture | Posted 04.24.2015 | Canada Living

The intersection of Tamil and Gay seems to signal malfunction. Whether we judge ourselves or are judged by our families or communities, the anxiety and fear caused by discrimination is real. We allow social shaming to dictate the way we feel about a situation, and obsess about what others think.

Let Men With Same Sex Lovers Donate Blood

Jonathan Crombie | Posted 11.30.2014 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Crombie

Over a year ago, Canada lifted a 30-year-old prohibition on gay men donating blood. However, Canada Blood Services still includes a ban on blood donations from any man who has had sex with another man in the past five years. That is why the Young Liberals of Canada want a policy that is based on evidence, because no single, loosely defined group should be discriminated against based on generalized statistics, perceptions or prejudices. A blanket ban on sexually active MSM is not merely discriminatory; it's unsafe.

Our Date With the Trashiest Drag Kings, Queens and Weirdos

Zack Russell & Kayla Lorette | Posted 10.26.2014 | Canada
Zack Russell & Kayla Lorette

It wasn't until Fay Slift's turn as Tracy Turnblad that I felt my nausea float back. With three wonderful back-up dancers including the very funny Fluffy Souffle, their number from Hairspray was pure beautiful trash. The back-up dancers sprayed litres of hairspray on themselves and the audience. Have you ever been high on hairspray? It's surprisingly heady, a bit like champagne... the champagne of gasoline?

World Pride 2014: Celebrating Freedom For All

Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada Impact
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir

My wife, Jónína, and I are proud to have been asked to participate in WorldPride 2014 by sharing our views and our own personal story. Jónína and I have reason to be thankful. But our joy is mixed with sadness. For it is difficult to enjoy a life of freedom, tolerance and full human rights while hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions, of our brothers and sisters in other countries have to fear for their lives every single day.

A Snapshot of Queer Culture: Fan The Flame at AGO

Sophie Hackett | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Living
Sophie Hackett

One of the first depictions of gay life in a mainstream magazine was published by Life in 1964. In the half-century since those barely discernible gay men appeared in Life, the interplay between increased visibility and increased social acceptance for members of the queer community has been extensive.

Canadian Olympian Comes Out, Says He Was A 'Basket Case' Going To Sochi

Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada Alberta

Competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi was meant to be a dream come true for Calgary native John Fennell. But reality was quite different...

It's Time We All Think Outside of the Gender Box

Leah Morrigan | Posted 06.21.2014 | Canada Impact
Leah Morrigan

Buying into gender differentiation means that a profit-driven media can easily hook you into buying gender-differentiated products because they know you believe it to be true.


The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada

Just last week, a fourth-grader came up with a Canadian gay pride coin that went viral. Looks like the Bank of Canada was way ahead of her. ...

Being Gay Isn't Why I'm Depressed

Arthur Gallant | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada
Arthur Gallant

More than once as a young person (and even in adulthood) I've encountered professionals who believe my sexual orientation is the cause of my depression. I've also encountered professionals old enough to be my grandparents who suggest my sexual orientation is a mental illness in itself. It is why I remain skeptical to this day of seeking treatment; especially with a professional I've never met before.

Coming Out Of The Closet.. On YouTube

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 10.15.2013 | Canada British Columbia

It's hard to reveal something personal about yourself to those you care about, let alone the entire Internet. But that's just what Michael Gorlick ...

How Accepting Is Canada?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.10.2013 | Canada Living

Most Canadians believe homosexuality should be accepted in society, but a divide exists on a global scale, a recent poll has shown. The survey cond...

The "Sisterhood" of my Travelling Pants

Donald D'Haene | Posted 08.01.2013 | Canada
Donald D'Haene

Travelling is an interesting exercise for a writer. It's not like I hope something interesting will happen; it just does. As usual, I always have my ...

Evil Exists, But It Will Not Always Triumph!

Donald D'Haene | Posted 06.17.2013 | Canada Living
Donald D'Haene

I knew several things. That I would finally meet my sister. And finally, confirmation of what I had known for two decades: my sister was also sexually abused by our father. Knowing something to be true and finally staring truth in the face is overwhelming. I would never feel the same as I did before that Wednesday morning.

Winnipeg Singer Pro-Human Rights, Anti-Gay Pride?

HuffPost Canada Music | Jason MacNeil | Posted 04.05.2013 | Canada Music

A R&B singer from Winnipeg has drawn criticism for performing at a human rights conference for youth after refusing to play at Pride Day event in 2012...