Canada Lgbt

Fellow Gay White Men: Our Experience With Police Isn't The Norm

Aeryn Pfaff | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Living
Aeryn Pfaff

Since Black Lives Matter Toronto's sit-in during Pride 2016, many of you have shown woeful levels of misunderstanding of where our community as a whole sits with the police. I've heard several of you say that the police don't pose a threat to LGBT people, because we've made "progress." "The bathhouse raids were 35 years ago. Everything is fine now between LGBT people and the police!" is how the argument goes, as if conflict between police and LGBT people is a thing of the past. What you mean to say is that your battle for your rights (which did not include an agenda for LGBT people of colour) was already hard fought decades ago.

Love Is What Makes A Family, Not A Mom Or A Dad

BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Parents
BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson

Allegedly, we are denying our son the right to a mother. Does Milo have a mom? No he doesn't. Does he have two loving parents that will do anything in their power to make sure he is loved, safe, happy, healthy, accepting, tolerant, kind (OK, this list can go on, but I'll stop there)? Will he grow up being less of a person because he doesn't have a mother? No he won't.

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.)

I Made My Wedding Dress For $150

Catherine Hernandez | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Living
Catherine Hernandez

I am a proud queer radical brown woman who was a single mom for several years, feeding and housing my child on a combination of arts worker wages, home daycare earnings and hustling. So the idea of ever spending thousands of dollars on a dress to wear for only one day of my life seemed preposterous, most especially when I could use the cash to fund my daughter's education. So I made one myself.

Pride 24/7, 365

Brian Gervais | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Alberta
Brian Gervais

It is essential that business and Albertans alike continue to vigorously champion LGBTQ rights across the country and around the world.

Alberta Petition Asks Province To Cut Funding To Anti-LGBT Schools

The Huffington Post Alberta | Sarah Rieger | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada Alberta

Pastor Brian Coldwell says he won't let "gay activists" in his schools.

Some Alberta Schools Given A Failing Grade On LGBTQ Policies

The Huffington Post Alberta | Sarah Rieger | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada Alberta

Some of these policies deserve to end up in detention.

Our Son Will Play With Dolls Whenever He Damn Well Pleases

BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson | Posted 08.19.2016 | Canada Parents
BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson

He loves his little baby just as much as he loves his trains. I think people need to stop over reacting with the whole dolls are for girls and trucks are for boys thing. Just let your kid be who they are, play with what they want to play with. In the end, they will grow up to be the person who they were meant to be.

Canada Should Set An Example For The World On LGBTQ Rights: Trudeau

CP | Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.14.2016 | Canada Politics

"There is still a lot of work to do.''

Thousands Attend Small Manitoba City's Very First Pride Parade

CP | James Turner, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.09.2016 | Canada Impact

"I expose my life so that others can know that they are not alone — they too deserve a happy, fulfilling life."

These LGBT Prides Worldwide Prove Pride Has Always Been Political

The Huffington Post Canada | Angelyn Francis | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Living

A protest at Toronto Pride led by Black Lives Matter has blurred the lines between party and protest.

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?

These Fashion Stereotypes About LGBTQ People Are Out Of Style

Huffington Post Canada | Al Donato | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Style

It's not trendy to be ignorant.

Mischaracterizing Faith As Hate Gets Us Nowhere

John Carpay | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada British Columbia
John Carpay

In a free society, the government does not try to force the "traditionalists" or the "progressives" to abandon their beliefs and practices. A free society allows TWU to form and maintain its own religious community, with its own rules and practices, which no person is compelled to join

Influential LGBTQ Music Videos You May Have Forgotten

CP | David Friend | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Living

RuPaul's "Supermodel" is THE BEST.

Surrey Shows Its Pride At 1st-Ever Parade

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada British Columbia

“This is the year for Surrey coming alive with LGBTQ community."

The LGBTQQIP2SAA Acronym, Explained

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada Living

It's gotten a lot longer over the years.

Mashrou' Leila Is The Band You Didn't Know You Loved

Dana Wagner | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada Music
Dana Wagner

An openly gay frontman, an Armenian violinist, a drummer, guitarists, poets, and composers -- Mashrou' Leila is either nothing like you'd expect of Lebanese musicians, or everything. And they're playing in Toronto for Pride this year.

Canada's Shortened Ban On Gay Blood Donors Still Fails LGBTQ

Ida Mahmoudi | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Ida Mahmoudi

Antiquated policies like the ban against men who have sex with men (MSM) bring into question just how progressive health and social policies are. The MSM policy mandates that even if MSM are healthy, they must abstain from intimacy for a pre-determined period in order to donate their blood to those who need it.

These 25 Photos Of Toronto Pride Show The Parade's Evolution

Huffington Post Canada | Al Donato | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living

Toronto Pride has come so far!

What Black LGBT Pride Means To Us

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

For as long as I can remember, being black and gay was like the biggest crime one could commit in my community. It didn't matter where you were born, the culture was one that saw black churches openly bashing homosexuality and parents disowning their children, leaving them on the streets to survive however they could. Fast forward to 2016, and the black LGBTQ community is growing by the minute and more and more black gay men and women are embracing who they are without apology. Here's what pride means to us.

A Young Person's Guide To Their First Pride

Kids Help Phone | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Kids Help Phone

With Pride festivals kicking off around the country, we sat down with Kids Help Phone Counsellor Shannon to talk about what it's like for a young person to attend their first Pride festival, what issues they face, and the types of conversations they should have with friends, family and allies.

What Happens When A City Council Refuses To Fly A Pride Flag

Huffington Post Canada | Al Donato | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living

"People should not be persecuted for who they are, or who they love."

A Ramadan Message For Muslims After The Orlando Tragedy

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Living
Shahla Khan Salter

This Ramadan we must be reminded that there are those who fast from intimacy and physical love all the time because they are gay and their circumstances or their mindset make it impossible for them to find and fall in love with a partner of the same gender. Muslim family -- we know this is not how life is supposed to be lived.

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.''