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The Law Society of Upper Canada Is Attacking Charter Freedoms

John Carpay | Posted 08.05.2015 | 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 05.26.2015 | 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
TamilCulture

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.

MAKE IT RAIN-BOW

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. ...

Billionaire's Gay Daughter Responds

AP | Posted 01.29.2014 | Canada Living

The daughter of a flamboyant Hong Kong tycoon whose offer of a massive dowry inspired a movie wrote an open letter on Wednesday asking him to accept w...

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...

Love Actually: The CBC and the Catholic Church

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 05.12.2013 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

------------------------------------------------------------ I believe in discovery and technology and innovation and science. My profession -- wh...

Militant Toronto Lesbian Activist/Writer Challenges Ontario's First Gay Woman Premier

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 04.17.2013 | Canada
Mitch Wolfe

Susan Cole, the self-acclaimed militant and proud lesbian writer for the Toronto weekly NOW magazine, is one of my favorite Toronto columnists. I enjo...

Alberta Must End Funding of War on Gays

Kathleen Smith | Posted 03.15.2013 | Canada Alberta
Kathleen Smith

There is no arguing that the Roman Catholic Pope is the very portrait of homophobia, and although some would argue that he has a legal right to spread his message of hatred, the question must be asked in Alberta why our government is so willing to fund a school board that supports this hatred, this outright advocation for gay genocide.

Jodie Foster's Closet is None of Your Damn Business

Kathleen Smith | Posted 03.16.2013 | Canada Alberta
Kathleen Smith

To those who expected Foster to announce publicly that she is gay, the speech was likely a disappointment. Certainly celebrity news opportunists like Harvey Levin and Perez Hilton were deleting hastily written posts for their websites when Foster said little more than "I'm single" as her big announcement. The subsequent outcry from some in the LGBTQ was perhaps far more surprising than Foster's refusal to publicly come out.

What I Learned at the Rocky Horror Picture Show

Natalie Karneef | Posted 02.20.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Karneef

After a four-hour trek through downtown to find coloured fishnet stockings, a garter, and plastic water pistols in an outfit that reveals more skin than I do at the doctor's office, we are on our way to the Late Night Double Feature Picture Show. I begin to get very nervous when remember that I am not wearing pants.

Coming Out Changed My Life

Cory Ashworth | Posted 01.30.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Cory Ashworth

At 15, being called Fagboy on the football field happened. Ironically enough, it was a straight kid with immaculate gaydar who gave me that name in high school. I was thankful that the moniker never lasted more than that year, but those words 'Fagboy' have stuck with me ever since. It would take a few handfuls of girlfriends, over two decades of denial and seven full years of hiding on the other side of the planet -- in China -- before I learned to let go of my fear, my shame and the idea that being gay was wrong.

What is the True Measure of a Man?

Donald D'Haene | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Donald D'Haene

One of my childhoods was happy. The B&W movies projected on our small TV screen, more often than not, contradicted the drama I was living in my own home movie reels. But there were exceptions. In fact, the images of our television's B&W movies were very real to me. Sidney Poitier was one of those images, and thankfully, he made repeat appearances.

On National Coming Out Day, I'm Proud to Be Gay

Donald D'Haene | Posted 12.11.2012 | Canada
Donald D'Haene

Because today is National Coming Out Day, I was reminded of my own journey. Almost two decades ago, I came out of that supposed "closet" publicly and purposefully for when I finally figured out I was gay, I wanted to shout it to the world. I eventually found the label "gay" something to be proud of. The gay label is just one small part of the big picture. But take it away and I wouldn't be me.