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."

Springsteen Cancels North Carolina Concert Over Anti-LGBT Law

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Living

"Some things are more important than a rock show."

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"!

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.

Being True To Yourself Is The First Step To Happiness

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

Society's standards have moved so far from what is truly important, that instead of people trying to be true themselves and accepting their socio-economic circumstances, which isn't bad for many of us, we are working hard to 'fit in' and fit in I did to the point of depression.

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!

Can I Be a Lesbian and Date a Trans Man?

Pega Ren | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Living
Pega Ren

As a sex therapist in private practice, I'm asked all sorts of interesting questions on a regular basis. The following touched on sensitive and important issues deserving of being shared with others. Here's the question. Do you agree with my answer?

Why Same-Sex Parents Shouldn't Take Canadian Policy for Granted

Allison Lee | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Parents
Allison Lee

This week my Facebook news feed has blown up with profile pictures featuring the red equals sign and posts about the SCOTUS hearing. The one that has the potential to grant (or continue to deny) same-sex couples rights that most heterosexual couples take completely for granted. Rights about what happens if their spouse dies. Rights about recognizing non-gestational parents as parents. It is absolutely horrifying to me to think that if The Bean were born in the U.S. rather than Canada that I would not be recognized as his parent. I am also holding my breath. For my friends. For my family. For rights that I usually take for granted, but know many are still struggling to achieve.

Award Created In Memory Of Slain B.C. Transgender Woman

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada British Columbia

A youth leadership award has been created in honour of January Marie Lapuz, a transgender woman who was killed in New Westminster, B.C. Lapuz, 26, ...

What a Wrongful Birth Lawsuit Can Teach Us About Race

Charmaine Nelson | Posted 12.07.2014 | Canada Living
Charmaine Nelson

A lesbian couple was informed that their egg had been inseminated not with the desired sperm of the white, blonde-haired, blue-eyed donor, but with that of the black male, the result of a clerical error. Where the outrage has ensued is with the couple's $50,000 wrongful birth lawsuit.

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.

Dishing With Elvira Kurt

Donald D'Haene | Posted 07.22.2013 | Canada
Donald D'Haene

Elvira Kurt was voted Funniest Female Comedian at the Canadian Comedy Awards and received a Gemini nomination for her one hour comedy special Elvira K...

Militant Toronto Lesbian Activist/Writer Challenges Ontario's First Gay Woman Premier

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 04.17.2013 | Canada
Mitch Wolfe

Susan Cole, the self-acclaimed militant and proud lesbian writer for the Toronto weekly NOW magazine, is one of my favorite Toronto columnists. I enjo...

Inside Out Film Festival: Coming Out of the Gay Film Stereotype

Andrew Murphy | Posted 07.18.2012 | Canada
Andrew Murphy

The Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival has just begun and this year marks a significant shift in queer filmmaking: a movement away from the simple "coming out" story, and away from films that play up gay stereotypes because it really is no longer "fine" if we do it ourselves. Films with LGBT content are becoming just that: films with LGBT content, versus "gay movies."