Canada Homophobia

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.

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 08.05.2016 | 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"