Canada Homophobia

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.

Conservative Muslims Must Stop Backing Preachers Of Hate

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

If it is not right to host Islamophobic or white supremacist speakers, then it is not right to host Muslim supremacist, homophobic and transphobic speakers. Indeed, all zulm (oppression) is connected. Muslims overwhelmingly condemn ISIS. However, according to Muslim human rights activist, Shafiqah Othman Hamza, it is not enough to quote Qur'anic verses on peace while ignoring the systemic persecution and discrimination of minorities.

Constructive Self-Criticism Can Stop The Vicious Cycle Of Hate

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

A vicious cycle of hate seems to have been engendered where hatred of the West feeds the hatred of Islam. The way out of this hate is by looking within instead of pointing fingers at others. Some people do not care for such a nuanced understanding. They look for simplistic answers to complex problems.

The Love That Dares Speak Its Name

Ron Levy | Posted 11.02.2015 | Canada Living
Ron Levy

Throughout most of history, homosexuality or lesbianism was so taboo that it was kept well hidden from public view. No wonder such forms of carnal or romantic pleasure were referred to as "the love that dare not speak its name." In reality, however, society was anything but mute on the topic.

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!

Conservative Muslims Must Lead the Dialogue With LGBT Muslims

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 10.25.2015 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

How can Muslim LGBT lead the dialogue if a majority amongst them segregate their lives from conservative spaces? The importance of dialogue within conservative Muslim communities cannot be over-emphasized. Such a dialogue will have to be part of a much-needed internal critique, for outside solutions may be rejected as anti-Muslim bigotry.

We Must Remember Homeless LGBTQ2S Youth During Pride

Alex Abramovich | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Impact
Alex Abramovich

The month of Pride is a time for LGBTQ2S individuals to not only say who we are; but to also celebrate and be proud of who we are. Pride month is meant to remind us that we are real and that we matter, however, not all members of our community are seen; not all are celebrated; many are silenced and marginalized, made to feel that they are not real and that they do not belong.

This Homophobic Lebanese Singer Should not Be Playing Canadian Shows

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

According to the open letter of protest by HELEM Montreal, an LGBT rights group focusing on the Lebanese and Arabic-speaking community, three restaurants in Canada are hosting Mohamad Eskandar, a Lebanese singer noted for his homophobic and sexist songs.

There's No Room for Homophobia at Queen's Park

Jonathan Crombie | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Crombie

A cabinet minister who said something racist or homophobic would almost certainly be fired. The same should hold true for a shadow cabinet member. If the Conservatives at Queen's Park are serious about being a queer-friendly party, symbolism and slacktivism will not cut it. They should discipline MPP Monte McNaughton for his repeated homophobia, and for breaking caucus policy, which is ostensibly in favour of the new sex-ed curriculum. It is important to note that McNaughton is no backbencher; he has the critic portfolio of international trade. He should be striped of his critic portfolio.

Muslims Struggling With Their Sexuality Should Not Judge LGBT Muslims

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 05.01.2015 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

Some Muslims who struggle between their sexuality and faith internalize the opinions of conservative Muslim scholars. The only way they can address such cognitive dissonance is by accepting their struggle as a test from God.

It's About Time Canada Stood Up for Homeless LGBT Youth

Alex Abramovich | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Impact
Alex Abramovich

On March 11, 2015, Toronto City Council finally approved funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and 2-spirit (LGBTQ2S) youth transitional housing. Although I am extremely disappointed that LGBTQ2S youth homelessness has been inadequately addressed for so many years, I am grateful that there is more understanding and awareness of this social justice crisis. I am also grateful that more organizations are now committed to developing campaigns and programs for LGBTQ2S youth experiencing homelessness.

Will Firing This Homophobic Cab Driver Stem Hate or Fuel it?

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Impact
Junaid Jahangir

This Sunday, a Yellow Cab driver in Edmonton left a drag queen stranded in below freezing temperature at 2 a.m. Realizing that his customer sat in the cab dressed in drag, the driver bluntly told him to "get out." The taxi company has fired the cab driver. But should the cab driver lose his job over this incident? What if he is merely a product of the culture shaped by fear based morality that teaches hate towards the LGBTQ community? Would firing him stem homophobia or fuel it?