Canada Lgbt

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.

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.

LGBT Muslim Youth Deserve The Love Of Both Their Families

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

LGBT Muslim youth deserve the unconditional love of their families and their larger, faith-based families. They should not have to deal with homelessness or estrangement from their families irrespective of any theological differences on same-sex marriages.

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."

The Change Room Project May Alienate LGBT People

Andrea Mrozek | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Living
Andrea Mrozek

The Change Room Project will come down this month. Kind folks never needed it, and unkind folks won't heed it. It's a project that wanted to draw attention to vulnerabilities, but in so doing, actually isolated people more.

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"!

Let's Make The NDP Convention About Equity

Kennedy Stewart | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Kennedy Stewart

Enshrining an "equity mandate" would build on the tremendous work we have already done and make the NDP the most progressive party in the world when it comes to this issue. Trudeau certainly enjoys talking the equity talk, but by passing this motion the NDP will move miles ahead in walking the equity walk.

Joshua Ostroff

Game Uses Romance To Tackle Gender Issues. It's Super Effective!

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 03.15.2016 | Canada Parents

Toronto game developer aims to level up the LGBTQ conversation.

4 Ways Youth Should Not Spend A Night Away From Home

360⁰kids | Posted 02.29.2016 | Canada Impact
360⁰kids

It can take less than 10 seconds for a youth to become homeless. In York Region, homeless youth, more often than not, do not fit the stereotypical profile. Unlike urban centres, these young people are often homeless not just due to poverty. They stem from middle-class families and end up on the street for a variety of reasons.

Liberals May Pardon Men Convicted Of Homosexuality Charges In 1960s

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.28.2016 | Canada Politics

Gay men were convicted of "gross indecency'' and "buggery'' before Canada decriminalized homosexual acts between consenting adults.

Homophobic Valentine Could Be Probed As Hate Crime In Edmonton

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada Alberta

"They said it is a hate crime."

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"

LGBTQ Kids Deserve Respect No Matter Where They Go To School

Progress Alberta | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Impact
Progress Alberta

We know that LGBTQ students still face a difficult situation in schools and there's ample evidence to back this up. Recent research shows that 64 per cent of LGBTQ students in Canada don't feel safe at school and 70 per cent of all students say they hear anti-gay slurs and remarks EVERY SINGLE DAY.

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.

LGBT Tories Organize To Change Party Policy On Same Sex Marriage

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.22.2016 | Canada Politics

The party's need to rebuild after the fall election provides an opportunity to get rid of a policy that's offensive, they said.

Manitoba's First Openly Gay Politician Retiring After 16 Years

CP | Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.27.2015 | Canada

He watched opposition politicians vote against his right to adopt children and enjoy spousal benefits.

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.

Let LGBT Muslims Speak For Themselves

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

Recently, American Muslim activist Linda Sarsour broached the issue of LGBT Muslims, among other issues on the Al Jazeera program UpFront. She raised the concern of creating spaces to bring LGBT Muslims closer to Islam. Those involved in the discussion were cissgender males, one of whom equated same-sex unions with drugs and alcohol on the basis that both are considered sins. If the objective was to create safe spaces for marginalized LGBT Muslims, then the discussion failed.

Holiday Cheer In The Face Of Homophobic Fear

Ron Levy | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Living
Ron Levy

Prior to the 1970s, house parties were an essential element of the homosexual social scene. Photographs of these private affairs are rare. The few that are available in archival collections memorialize a history of forced seclusion. One of the most tantalizing photographs I've come across in my research of Canadian LGBT history is of a trio of men attending a Christmas party in 1956. Standing in front of a decorated tree, a young man with a then-stylish pompadour delights in opening his gift while another man, who has his arm around him and another gentleman, looks on.

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.

How Canada's LGBT Became Human Under The Law

Ron Levy | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Living
Ron Levy

December 10 is celebrated internationally as Human Rights Day. It is therefore an ideal time to reflect on how Canada's LGBT were once so feared and loathed that -- until surprisingly recently -- discriminating against them was both common and legal.

Caitlyn Jenner Is A Trans Fantasy

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

As a friend to many trans men and women, I can tell you that this rewarding and glamourous journey of Caitlyn Jenner the world continues to watch, is far from the reality of the trans community.

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.

Remember The Human Cost Of The Military's Anti-Gay Past

Ron Levy | Posted 11.06.2015 | Canada Living
Ron Levy

Every November 11, we honour those who risked or lost their lives defending their country. Rarely acknowledged in these annual commemorations are those who served honourably but were nevertheless dishonoured because of their sexuality.

LGBT Anti-Discrimination Law Rejected In Houston, Texas

CP | Juan A. Lozano, The Associated Press | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada

Supporters of the ordinance had said it would have offered increased protections for gay and transgender people, as well as protections against discrimination based on sex, race, age, religion and other categories.