Canada Homosexuality

Want a Successful Family? Learn From Same-Sex Parents

Marina Adshade | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada Living
Marina Adshade

Different-sex parents, apparently, have a few things to learn about how to run a household from same-sex parents. New evidence concludes that because same-sex couples allocate household chores based on each individual parent's suitability for the job, rather than on gender stereotypes, children from those homes are growing up in happier and more harmonious family environments.

Who Shares Your Values? Trinity Western University, Homosexuality, and a Moral Challenge

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Living
G. Elijah Dann

As we ponder the "religious freedom" of Trinity Western University to enact its "Covenant," the time is ripe to reflect once more on how we arrive at our moral beliefs. The bad news, (but hardly new news), is that TWU wants to also inject into the institutional equation their "moral" policies.

What I Learned About Identity From a Transgender Truck Driver

Bianca Pang | Posted 05.04.2014 | Canada Living
Bianca Pang

The truck driver tells us to trust him (apparently, this was enough for us to believe that he wasn't a serial killer) and opens up the back of the truck. And of course, anytime the back of a truck opens, you're obliged to look in. Sure enough, costumes. An abundance of them, along with heels I made sure to take note of and purchase later on.

Worldwide Homophobia: The Case of Sacred Sex and Trinity Western University

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Living
G. Elijah Dann

Trinity Western University: Their "values" have once again come under scrutiny with their recent desire to have their own shiny law school. The most interesting part of TWU's covenant is the voluntary, obligatory commitment to abstain from "sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman." In other words, no gay fornical kabootling. It's shameful thinking. Especially in Canada.

Is the Homosexual Man's Obsession With Dolls Just a Myth?

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

Did you hear about the Drag Queen Ken-Barbie? It "came out" with three, count 'em, three of Barbie's dresses? Mike, a Barbie-loving, 30-something year-old man who never left home would know all about that. Barbie seems to have turned into something of a gay icon. The coming out process is two-fold: "They disclose their sexuality. They profess their love for Barbie."

My Lost Faith Still Makes Me Furious

Shannon Fisher | Posted 10.10.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Shannon Fisher

Years ago I found out that someone I love is gay. I was instructed to love the sinner and hate his sin. My fidgeting became loud and urgent. How could I be part of a community that knowingly marginalized? I watched his faith circle adjust to the news of his homosexuality. Christianity framed our world in a way that created this need for a period of mourning over something sacred. Personal. None of our goddamn business.

To the Jews in Jerusalem: "Get Out or We'll Start Shooting!"

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 10.06.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

"We say get out, or you're dead!" "We'll give them two minutes and start shooting!" Elias Hazineh, former President of Palestine House spoke these wo...

Two Gay Men Debate Gay Pride Week

Donald D'Haene | Posted 08.19.2013 | Canada Living
Donald D'Haene

My best friend for a quarter century has been "out of the closet" all of his life. Me -- since I was 26. We find we agree on almost everything except Mariah Carey, Katy Perry and gay pride. He calls Pride "a bunch of half-naked gays taking up space on a main street -- why bother?" I say it is one of the most important celebrations a gay or lesbian may choose to partake in.

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...

So, Why Do They Need a Parade?

Trina Read | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada Living
Trina Read

Call me a slow learner, but I suddenly realized why there have to be gay pride parades at all. It does not matter if it is a big city, small city, Canada or the U.S. There are not enough straight people supporting homosexual rights. And I couldn't help but wonder when the day will come that there will be no need for a Pride Parade.

Does Christian Law School Stunt Moral Progress?

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 06.01.2013 | Canada
G. Elijah Dann

Law students and associations across Canada have a bone to pick with Trinity Western University's aspirations to be Canada's first Christian law school. Given that it's controversial and it involves conservative Christians, no surprise it's also about sex. Still less surprise, it's about same-sex. Whenever someone is arguing for something, it's fair and often quite enlightening to look for his or her basic operating assumption. The conservative Christian obsession with homosexuality is no secret, but what exactly is its basis?

God Is No Excuse For Shunning Gays From Boy Scouts

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 04.08.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

The Boy Scouts of America are debating opening their clubs to the gay community. Obviously this has led to controversy. When a religion imposes its view on those who do not believe, or follow a different path, there is discontent. If the Boy Scouts of America open their doors to gay boys, how does that affect the belief in God of the other boys?

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.

The Toronto District School Board Hates Kids

Ryan Doherty | Posted 11.28.2012 | Canada Alberta
Ryan Doherty

As reported earlier this week, the fine folks running The Toronto District School Board have been up to a few things which have led me to conclude that they do, in fact, hate kids, or at the very least have some bad ideas on what to do with them. First on the docket was this little number. Now in the perfect world, an all gay school, or one that allows the "free expression of homosexuality" would be awesome, a big step forward as they say. But here's the problem with it. It is, for all intents and purposes, segregation. Removing a visible minority from the public high schools, and placing them in their very own school. Sounds good, but isn't that what they did in Little Rock, AK circa the late 50's. If I recall history class, there were riots and national guard deployments over that. And also note the idea of having an "inclusive society" generally implies having everyone working together, not in their own little sectors.

I am (a Gay) Canadian

Donald D'Haene | Posted 10.11.2012 | Canada Living
Donald D'Haene

My name is Donald. I am a gay Canadian. But I can talk about subjects that aren't "gay" and for the most part I do. Don't assume all homosexuals are alike or like the same things. And just because you know a homosexual or two doesn't mean you "know" us or me.

An Open Letter: Saying "I Am Gay"

Adam Goldenberg | Posted 02.28.2012 | Canada Living
Adam Goldenberg

I came out to my family 10 years ago this month. It was, without question, the hardest thing I have ever done. For a long time, I tortured myself about my sexual orientation. It took a long time before I could even think that little sentence, the one I used to find so horrible and isolating, the one that goes like this: I'm gay.

Ten Things I've Learned From Bullies

Josh Bowman | Posted 01.31.2012 | Canada Living
Josh Bowman

Bullying is not just the territory of the biggest and strongest. A bully is someone who can create and abuse power in a relationship. Your boss can be a bully. Someone you are dating. The bullying is in the constant threat of violence and the power dynamics at play.

Jamie Hubley Didn't Have to Die

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 12.18.2011 | Canada
Josh D. Scheinert

Before we have another case like Jamie Hubley's on our hands, it's time for Canada to stand up loud and proud and say, "It gets better." Where is Prime Minister Harper's message that it gets better? I don't believe that Harper, his cabinet, the Conservative Party or other Members of Parliament are anti-gay. But I think their silence is deafening.

That's So Gay

Ben Johnson | Posted 11.20.2011 | Canada
Ben Johnson

The word 'gay' gets thrown around so much, there is perhaps a valid argument that most people aren't even fully cognizant that it's homophobic anymore.

Catholic Schools Banning Gay-Straight Alliances: The Buck Stops Here... Literally

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 11.06.2011 | Canada
Josh D. Scheinert

The Catholic school boards take our taxpayer money and use that to create environments that disregard the rights and values that bind us together as a province and nation. As long as we're the ones footing the bill for your little 'God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve' sideshow, there is no debate.