Lgbt Youth

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.

Most Parents Support the New Sex Ed Curriculum - With Good Reason

Marika Morris | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada Living
Marika Morris

The misinformation about the new curriculum rivals the inaccuracies kids get about sex from their friends and our culture. Some parents are convinced that their kids will be asked to touch themselves at school. The actual curriculum stresses respecting yourself and respecting others. If you oppose it, fine. At least know what you are opposing. Parents are entitled to pass on their religious or moral beliefs to their kids, but they are not entitled to pass on their religious or moral beliefs to my child. By trying to force the Ontario government to yank the evidence-based, updated portions of the health curriculum for all Ontario kids, they are trying to prevent the majority who support this initiative from benefiting from it. And that's wrong.

Joshua Ostroff

Mr. Pink: How Jeremy Dias Is Beating Bullies And Saving LGBTQ Kids

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 04.09.2015 | Canada Living

"One of the things that we try to educate about is how tiny kindnesses make a big difference."

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.

This Sweater Actually Is So Gay

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 03.28.2015 | Canada Impact

Ever heard someone try to disparage something by calling it gay? Well, the Gay Sweater Initiative is demonstrating the absolute absurdity of the insul...

How Toronto's Leadership Can Reverse LGBT Ill Will Created By Rob Ford

Lucy Leiderman | Posted 08.09.2014 | Canada
Lucy Leiderman

If marketing is selling a brand to the world, Toronto's leadership on LGBT issues could play an important role in reviving the city's international appeal after the Ford ordeal. LGBT acceptance, both in government and society, is good for our society, but also our economy.

Why Religious People Should Be the First To Support Gay-Straight Alliances

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada
Junaid Jahangir

Recently, the Alberta Legislature voted down a motion that urged the government to support students who want to set up gay straight alliances (GSAs) i...

How Muslim Parents Can Help End Bullying in Schools

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Shahla Khan Salter

Some kids have been targeted by bullies because the hatred towards gays, lesbians, trans and "others" runs so deep in North American society that even appearing different may merit ostracization. Who are we to complain about bigotry against our children if we perpetuate it against others? And so we must ask them, our fellow (otherwise peaceful) Muslim parents, how does the intolerance you teach at home, affect all our youth and our Muslim communities?

How a "New Gay" Celebrates Pride

Will Goldbloom | Posted 08.29.2012 | Canada Living
Will Goldbloom

In 40 years, Pride has evolved from a secluded picnic on Hanlan's Point to a series of diverse celebrations that reverberate throughout this very gay city. I am a 20-something city boy who came out at a relatively early age and received unconditional support from family and friends. In many ways I fit the so-called "new gay" stereotype -- I likely won't be attending the parade on Sunday but I likely will attend a pride event at a west end bar that is as hip as it is gay.

To My Grade 7 Self: Video Targets Teens' Homophobia And Discrimation

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.26.2012 | Canada Living

Part of the difficulty of getting older is in discovering how very wrong you were in your younger years -- and how much you wish you could take back a...