Canada Homophobia

Where Do Youth Go When Their Families Reject Them?

Alex Abramovich | Posted 05.17.2017 | Canada Living
Alex Abramovich

Today, May 17th marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT) -- a global celebration of gender and sexual diversity. This year, 2017, the theme is focused on families. We know that family support is critical to the health and well-being of LGBTQ2S young people. We also know that not all LGBTQ2S young people receive support from their families of origin, and that the consequences of family rejection can have a lasting negative impact on youth.

B.C. Christian University's Homophobia Has Nothing To Do With Piety

Joe Killoran | Posted 05.04.2017 | Canada Politics
Joe Killoran

The upcoming Supreme Court of Canada appeal about whether Trinity Western University has the right to establish a law school that bans gays and lesbians promises to be one of the most influential human rights decisions in the history of the court. The debate is a depressing reminder of how reviled LGBT people still are among certain segments of society.

Canada Post Should Never Have To Deliver A Sexist, Racist Paper

Andrew Tumilty | Posted 04.27.2017 | Canada Politics
Andrew Tumilty

Last year the minister responsible for Canada Post issued what a prohibitory order to stop delivery of a disgusting hate rag known as Your Ward News by Canada Post carriers. Defenders of Your Ward News say this is a free-speech issue, and their rights are being denied. They are completely wrong on both counts.

Toronto LGBT Business Owner Discovers Homophobic Graffiti On Garage

The Huffington Post Canada | Joanna Adams | Posted 04.14.2017 | Canada

"This happened to people I love, in the city I love."

Embracing My Polish Heritage Also Means Confronting Its Demons

Nicholas Mizera | Posted 04.04.2017 | Canada Living
Nicholas Mizera

Busy celebrating the best of what Polish culture had to offer, I rarely paused to think about the darker parts of my heritage. But moving out from my childhood home and joining a Polish community during a formative time of my life brought this willful ignorance into stark relief.

Returning To The Caribbean Reminded Me Why I Left My Homophobic Home

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

As much as I craved my mother's warm embrace, the smell of the sea and the happy moments that I did share with my partner in our home, I couldn't help but wonder if my homophobic attackers were still around. And that uncertainty - coupled with the fact that our love is still considered a crime there - was my wake-up call.

6 Ways To Support Students As Acts Of Hate Continue To Rise

Jeewan Chanicka | Posted 03.06.2017 | Canada Living
Jeewan Chanicka

Recently, with rising Islamophobia, a Muslim child was threatened on school grounds by someone wearing a mask. Though schools may see themselves as "neutral," the sense of safety and well-being of many children continues to be hijacked with the ongoing rhetoric of political leaders and increasing hate incidents and crimes.

This Is What Family Means To Us

BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson | Posted 02.21.2017 | Canada Parents
BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson

We are very fortunate that we live in Canada, more so Toronto, where we feel it is a progressive, open, accepting city. It is legal for gay people to live freely, marry whomever they love, and start a family. We are a family, just like any family out there. It is not OK to harass anyone based on their sexual orientation or for any other reason.

Why We Need To Emphasize Diversity In Muslim Voices

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada
Junaid Jahangir

Exclusivist, sexist and homophobic viewpoints sold in the name of religion must be fully challenged and resisted. Diversity allows for the drowning out of extreme voices. This means Muslim students on campus and Muslims in the community must strive for plurality of religious spaces.

To The Kim Burrells Of The World, It's Time To Let Love Win

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 01.10.2017 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

As I watched the saga surrounding Kim Burrell's homophobic sermon unfold over the last week, I made several attempts to speak about it and could not. Why? Because I was afraid of what might have come out of my big lesbian mouth. I was too furious to write and I wanted this piece to reflect the ideals of my rainbow family.

Trump Tower Has No Place In Vancouver's Skyline

Sarah E. Leamon | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah E. Leamon

Quite simply, the values espoused by Donald Trump and his supporters do not align with the values that are held by the majority of Canadians -- and they certainly do not align with the values that are held by the vast majority of Vancouverites. Bottom line: there is no room for Trump in our city.

Grief Brings Up All That I Lost To Live Openly As A Lesbian

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 12.02.2016 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

It's been about a week since my mom broke the news that two of my uncles passed away. Yet here I am in my new home, Canada -- a place where I have found true freedom to be my authentic self, but also a long way from a family that I absolutely love and adore.

Are Canadian Trump Supporters Creating A Divided America At Home?

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

Somewhere deep inside I knew he would achieve this goal, but I didn't expect it to completely uncover the true face of America that many have long ignored and continue to ignore. Trump not only won over the hearts of many Americans, but he pulled all the champions of hate and division out of their holes.... I fear that this Trump "movement" will slip its way into Canada and fuel the fire in those who have long remained quiet or polite about their shared vision for a divided community of people where only some lives matter and deserve basic human rights.

My Home Country's Religion Doesn't Justify Denying LGBT Jobs

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 10.04.2016 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

It is no secret that state policies in this country continue to be influenced by the church. The very constitution is built on the fundamental beliefs of Christianity. So how can a government say it protects members of the LGBT community when this type of blatant discrimination is being encouraged and spread through the media?

It's Ridiculous We're Still Shaming Men For Wearing Skinny Jeans

Nicholas Mizera | Posted 10.03.2016 | Canada Style
Nicholas Mizera

For those of you who grew up in a later era (or, perhaps, haven't fully caught up with the rest of Canadian society since those heady days), let me remind you why critics urged guys to burn their tight denim and labelled men who wore the style as less-than: skinny jeans were feminine, and feminine -- for guys -- means "bad." Substitute any other vaguely feminine trend, from floral prints to makeup for men, and it's the same story. But we've made so much progress since then, right?

Thank You CTFF For A Revolutionary LGBT Love Night

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

When I was approached about being one of the hosts for the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival's LGBT Love screening, I said yes without hesitating simply because I am a proud Caribbean lesbian and LGBT activist living in Canada who loves everything queer. (When you see my outfit, you'll understand.)

Trump And Clinton's Divided House Threatens Their Entire Country

Glen Pearson | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

When civilized society feels OK about demonizing others in the name of tolerance, you have a problem that doesn't necessarily require Donald Trump to become president to alienate much of the population. When the politics of resentment comes from the Left, the Right, and even the Centre, the road to democratic decline appears like an open freeway.

Montreal Puppet Show Plays Song Called 'Prison Bi***' To Children

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada

Apparently it was, "the result of a series of small mistakes."

I Left The Caribbean To Find Safety As A Lesbian In Canada

The Huffington Post Canada | Kait Howell and Stephanie Sannuto | Posted 08.26.2016 | Canada Living

“I don’t want to be added to the list of LGBT members who have been slaughtered."

Canada Would Gladly Take Omar McLeod From Homophobic Jamaica

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 08.19.2016 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

I don't know about you, but if I just created history for my country on a world stage and my fellow citizens reacted by calling me derogatory names that could potentially put my life in danger, I would seriously think about moving to another country. Sadly, Jamaican athlete Omar McLeod was not so lucky.

Hate Speech Is Trash And Should Be Treated As Such

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 08.16.2016 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Like it or not, Canada is a country that celebrates freedom of expression. Section 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states that "Everyone has freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication." That "Everyone" includes people who say objectionable, false, foolish, misguided, or even ugly things.

Heterosexism Is Losing Ground To LGBT Acceptance In Islam

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 07.18.2016 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

Post-Orlando, mainstream Muslim groups have begun to express open solidarity with the LGBT community. Muslims and LGBT communities have even broken bread together in Toronto and Dublin. This societal shift bolsters Kugle's affirmation of LGBT Muslims, which the guardians of "Abrahamic morality" perceive as threatening.

Straight Muslim Allies Must Stand Tall Against Bullies

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

The aftermath of the dastardly Orlando gay bar shooting brought many LGBT Muslim voices to the forefront in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Halifax, and in various places across the United States. Equally significant were the voices of straight Muslim allies.

Cybernetics Will Alter Our Understanding Of Transgender Rights

Brett Caron | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada Living
Brett Caron

The penultimate upgrade for humanity would be a perfect synthesis of human and machine -- superior to an entirely biological human, but possessing the same mind in this new hybridized frame. So what does this have to do with transgender people?

Taking Pride In Creating Authentic Spaces For LGBTQ2S Homeless Youth

Alex Abramovich | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Alex Abramovich

Homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia remain rampant in most institutional settings, including schools, healthcare facilities, and shelters and housing programs. LGBTQ2S youth remain largely overrepresented in the homeless youth population, with estimates as high as up to 40 per cent of homeless youth identifying as LGBTQ2S.