Canada Homophobia

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.

Orlando Shooting Gave Pride Month A Whole New Meaning: Partygoers

CP | David Friend, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.18.2016 | Canada

Orlando resurrected concerns about violence in the local community and the value of "safe spaces.''

Orlando Shooting Leaves LGBT Muslims In 'Precarious' Place: Activist

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada

The attack and its aftermath has underscored the confluence of homophobia and Islamophobia.

Orlando Massacre A Reality Check For LGBTQ Community

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

We have become so complacent, thinking that because we got a few laws on the books that somehow we have achieved freedom and protection. Well, the shooting in Orlando has reminded the world that no gay person -- no lesbian, bisexual or trans person -- is free from homophobia.

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.

A Letter To The Bishop Blaming Gays For The Fort McMurray Fires

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

Instead of focusing on the "stories of Sodom and Gomorrah" and using that in the same conversation about a horrific incident that has left many homeless here in Canada, you should go and find your heart because your comments are shameful and distasteful.

Assault Survivor Makes Powerful Gender Statement In Fashion Shoot

The Huffington Post Canada | Al Donato | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Style

He proves wearing a dress is never an invitation for violence.

Is Canada Finally Ready To Embrace Transgender Rights?

Todd Hauptman | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Todd Hauptman

Today marks a day to stand against discrimination and for respect of all people, it is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. The Trudeau government is expected to introduce legislation to include "gender identity" in the Canadian Human Rights Act alongside race, sexual orientation, and gender.

Is This The Sign Of A Less Homophobic Jamaica?

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

When one thinks of Jamaica, two things immediately come to mind and it's not Bob Marley and Usain Bolt this time around. Rather, it's dancehall music and homophobia -- two things which are one and the same. So it was quite shocking when Jamaicans and residents from other Caribbean islands learned that the son of Mr. Ninja Man, a popular dancehall artist, was gay.

Joshua Ostroff

This Tiny School Paved The Way For Canada's All-Gender Bathrooms

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Parents

"Some people fit into girl and boy, and some people don't. And that's OK, because they're still people."

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

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

The truth is my life was already planned out. I wanted my partner and I to build a future together in my country of birth -- Antigua and Barbuda. We already had a nice apartment, a four-legged son, we both drove and had great jobs. All that was missing was "acceptance"!

Target Of Homophobic Valentine Gets Very Different Note From PM

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Alberta

"Know that your friends outnumber the haters by the millions."

Manitoba NDP Star Wab Kinew Faces Calls To Be Dumped As Candidate

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Politics

The comments made fun of fat women and called a sport "gay.''

The Moment George Clark's 'Revolution' Stopped Being Funny

Duncan Kinney | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Duncan Kinney

George Clark is pretty easy to laugh off. But when March 8 rolled around, I found myself on the Alberta Legislature grounds with a crowd of a couple hundred overwhelmingly white people gathered for George Clark's glorious revolution. And while it started out as funny, by the time it was over it had gotten a little scary.

This Year's Oscar Nod To "Carol" And Lesbian Love

Ron Levy | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Living
Ron Levy

This Sunday, the 88th annual Academy Awards will air. One film that will garner considerable attention at the ceremonies will be Carol, which earned an impressive six Oscar nominations in categories that include Best Adapted Screenplay. The movie is an adaptation of The Price of Salt, a 1952 romance novel by Patricia Highsmith, which was written at a time where lesbian fiction could be deemed obscene and seized by the authorities if the women were not portrayed as misguided, making choices that led to a bad end.

Edmonton Student Finds 'Hate Message' On Workplace Valentine

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 02.15.2016 | Canada Alberta

"YOU ARE NOT GETTING SHIFTS FOR A REASON"

To Those Bothered By The 'Gay Agenda' At Super Bowl 50

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

Coldplay, along with Beyoncé and Bruno Mars, gave one of the best performances the halftime show has ever seen with the simple yet powerful message, "Believe in Love." This fueled a reaction that is quite common to members of the LGBT community. To put it gently, the homophobes went to work all across the virtual world.

Stop Hosting Hateful Speakers In The Name Of Religious Freedom

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

University is a place where students can freely exchange ideas but equally feel safe to do so. Students should feel safe in the knowledge that whether they identify as religious, gay, atheist, etc. or as any intersection of these, they would not be subjected to derision and scorn.

LGBT Muslim Leaders Offer Hope For The New Year

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

Against overwhelming odds, LGBT Muslim leaders refuse to let go of hope. They offer vulnerable LGBT Muslims safe spaces, much needed community and a sense of belonging, all that they are denied in mainstream Muslim spaces.

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.

No Home For The Holidays

Alex Abramovich | Posted 12.23.2015 | Canada Living
Alex Abramovich

The holiday season is truly a magical time of year. It is a time for giving, reflection, and appreciation. Many individuals and organizations come together and show thanks by donating what they can to those in need. Unfortunately, the holidays will not be magical for everyone, especially not for a high proportion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and 2-Spirit (LGBTQ2S) youth who have experienced familial, societal, and institutional rejection. The holidays can be an especially lonely time for many, particularly for those without a safe place to call home.

The Life Of A Transgender Woman In The Caribbean

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

Transphobia has ingrained itself subtly in the entire system across many Caribbean countries. Magistrates do not impose harsh enough penalties on people who commit hate crimes against trans people. We don't even have hate crime laws here on our books.