Uganda's Anti-Gay Bill Is a Genocide in the Making

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 02.25.2014 | Canada
Wayne K. Spear

Human Rights Watch's LGBT Director Graeme Reid has characterized the bill as "an official incitement to commit violence" against those even suspected as being lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or trans-gendered. Amend these adjectives to "Tutsi" and you have a familiar precedent for the spirit of the present campaign, if on a smaller scale.

Ukraine Violence Hasn't Cast a Shadow Over Sochi - We Have

Marko Sijan | Posted 02.21.2014 | Canada
Marko Sijan

Critics claim the violence in Ukraine has 'cast a shadow' over Sochi. The shadow of death? But the media has already cast one of those, with its endless probing of accidental deaths of athletes in training and competition, or the deaths of athletes' loved ones, or athletes' miscarriages, all to plumb the human spirit's capacity of "labouring under the shadow of death" to earn the life-choosing glory of Olympic victory. The carnage then in Ukraine doesn't cast a shadow on the Sochi Games. Instead it casts a light on something true about us, something we may already know but don't think much about, something Mark Twain was getting at when he said, "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme."

What I Learned This Week: Love Thy Hater

Andy Nulman | Posted 04.11.2014 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

Stars can be consoled by the fact that any one of us who exposes him or herself online are targets -- be we powerful, established artists or merely innocent kids posting pictures to Facebook -- and thus must endure the wrath of a swath of (in)humanity called "The Hater."

Billionaire's Gay Daughter Responds

AP | Posted 01.29.2014 | Canada Living

The daughter of a flamboyant Hong Kong tycoon whose offer of a massive dowry inspired a movie wrote an open letter on Wednesday asking him to accept w...

Don't Let the Olympic Games Deny LGBT Athletes Basic Human Rights

Terri Coles | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada
Terri Coles

While LGBT people in Canada and the United States certainly still face important struggles in attaining equal rights and protection from discrimination based on sexual or gender orientation, their peers in Russia are dealing with a dangerous erosion of their freedom and safety. Though homosexuality has not been illegal in Russia since 1993, in recent years officials have denied permits for Pride parades and intimidated and arrested LGBT activists in the country. In June of 2013, the country passed a new law stating that "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships" aimed at minors was now banned.

Gay Vancouver Councillor Going To Sochi

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Vancouver, the host city that introduced "The Pride House" to the Olympics movement, could soon send its gay deputy mayor to Russia to fig...

Gay Vancouver Councillor Going To Sochi

CBC | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Openly gay Vancouver councillor Tim Stevenson will represent the city at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, CBC News has learned. The decision to send St...

Toronto LGBT Honours "International Day of Solidarity"

Barry Dennison | Posted 11.19.2013 | Canada
Barry Dennison

As President Obama met with gay, lesbians, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Russia last week, after the recent G20 Summit, on September 8, 2...

We Still Forget the "T" in "LGBT"

Richard Marceau | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada Politics
Richard Marceau

At a time when LGBT communities face frightening and growing prejudice from governments overseas, Canada's Bill C-279 serves as a stark moral contrast with the likes of Uganda, Russia, and numerous undemocratic regimes across the Middle East. It is often overlooked that the "T" in LGBT refers to the transgender community, members of which continue to face serious discrimination in some quarters. In supporting C-279 and calling on Parliament to enshrine greater protection for transgender Canadians, I am proud that we continue the legacy today.

Dear Minister Baird, Russia's Human Rights Are Canada's Problem

Paul Dewar | Posted 10.09.2013 | Canada Politics
Paul Dewar

Dear Minister Baird, I write to you today regarding the discrimination and attacks on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals in Russia. I call upon you, in your role as the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in addition to continuing to speak out against the homophobic legislation and attacks on LGBT Russians, to institute a visa ban for the originators of the law in question. The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development should also identify opportunities to support LGBT activists in Russia.

Pride's $21-Million Prediction

CBC | Posted 10.02.2013 | Canada British Columbia

A record crowd of half a million people is expected to turn out for the Vancouver Pride Parade in downtown Vancouver on Sunday afternoon. The colour...

50 Gay Canadians We Love

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.28.2013 | Canada Living

This long weekend, we'll be celebrating Canada Day and how proud we are to be such a diverse bunch of polite and quirky Canucks, but we'll also be rev...

Stylish Gay Celebrities

The Huffington Post Canada | Jennifer Choy | Posted 06.21.2013 | Canada Style

Every year in the fair city of Toronto, you’ll notice a sudden spike in exposed washboard abs, pelvic muscles over low hanging jeans, faux hawks and...

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.

Why Some Homeless Youth Fear Shelters

Alex Ilona Abramovich | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada Impact
Alex Ilona Abramovich

The youth I have spoken to over the years have described Toronto's shelter system as a dangerous place for LGBTQ youth because of prolific homophobia and transphobia. I have heard stories of youth living in parks because they did not feel safe in the shelter system due to daily threats of homophobia and transphobia.

The Fight For LGBT Rights Isn't Won Yet

Andrew Murphy | Posted 07.21.2013 | Canada Impact
Andrew Murphy

Let's not let our fight for equal rights be clouded by the fact that LGBT people can get married across our great nation (and a number of U.S. states). In many countries, homosexuality is still illegal and punishable by imprisonment or death. People who are still fighting for basic rights and freedoms need our help.

Why Do We Still Allow Religious Schools to Bully Gay Kids?

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 05.25.2013 | Canada Politics
Josh D. Scheinert

Since Manitoba's religious schools receive over 50 per cent of their funding from the province, they are all being mandated to comply with the proposed legislation: Bill 18 -- required to implement an anti-bullying strategy that includes gay-straight alliances. Our rights cannot exist in a vacuum, isolated from the reality around them. Rights engage with other rights. Not only does our Charter have a built-in provision to permit the limiting of rights in certain situations, but also, the transactional nature of our public lives dictates that different rights will come into contact other rights. Those who oppose Bill 18 should read the Charter in its entirety; it doesn't stop at freedom of religion, nor is there a hierarchy of rights.

Interview With Award-Winning Filmmaker Thom Fitzgerald

Heather Magee | Posted 05.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

"As an 80-year-old butch lesbian, Stella may be an unusual movie hero, but her central dilemma, her goal, is to just keep her family together. Gay or straight, conservative or liberal, god-fearing or agnostic, everybody can relate to that simple quest. People root for her, they want Stella to win. That she has no self-censoring mechanism helps -- we'd all love to be that socially inept and honest from time to time."

Diversity Fatigue Can Be Overcome

Trevor Wilson | Posted 05.08.2013 | Canada Business
Trevor Wilson

What you may ask is diversity fatigue? It is the Herculian effort required by diversity practitioners to keep the momentum going through the toughest economic crisis since the depression. It is maintaining the gains with front-line managers (the so-called frozen middle) who ask "when will this diversity thing end? Have we not handled it by now?"

Gay Rights in Uganda isn't a Colonial Issue

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Josh D. Scheinert

On an official visit to Canada last week, Rebecca Kadaga, the speaker of Uganda's parliament, found herself in a bit of a tiff with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird. Speaker Kadaga protested Minister Baird's "arrogance" and "promoting homosexuality." She declared, "We are not a colony of Canada." But Canada will not be any better off if Uganda stops threatening its gays. Minister Baird called out Speaker Kadaga because today, in the community of nations, where we all theoretically equal, it is anathema to the concept of human dignity that a state should sanction the persecution of a group of its own citizens for no reason other than who they are. Standing up against that is not colonialism; it's decency.

How Derogatory Language Hurts us All

Zach Paikin | Posted 12.23.2012 | Canada Politics
Zach Paikin

During the debate, without thinking, I tweeted that Romney had just been "raped" by Obama. Realizing my mistake, I deleted the tweet seconds later and issued an apology later in the debate. It may have taken an idiotic mistake on my part, but I now appreciate more than before the importance of language in advancing our values. It is not enough to pay tribute to certain laudable rights-related causes every once in a while. We must be serious about the issues in question in every aspect of our lives. We could collectively start by choosing our language more carefully and opposing the use of certain inappropriate words whose meanings have unfortunately become watered down over the years. I know that's where I'll begin.

Transgender Woman ID'd As Homicide Victim

The Huffington Post B.C. | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 10.04.2012 | Canada British Columbia

A transgender woman has been identified as the victim of a New Westminster homicide. John Carlo Embro Lapuz was fatally stabbed on Sept. 29. In 200...

13 Straight Canadians Who Show Their Pride

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.28.2012 | Canada Living

Pride festivities have unfolded in cities across Canada over the past month, and will continue throughout the year -- in Toronto, Pride Week is in ful...

Gay Canadians We Love: Celebrating Pride, Canuck Style

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.28.2012 | Canada Living

Bring on the red, white and rainbow-coloured flags. As Toronto's Pride Parade, the largest in North America, coincides with Canada Day this July 1, we...

10x10 Photo Exhibit a Portrait of Toronto's Queer Community

Rachel Anne Farquharson | Posted 08.25.2012 | Canada
Rachel Anne Farquharson

The days of making simplistic associations between homosexuality and artistry are fading -- or at least the second annual 10 x 10 Photography Exhibit suggests as much. The exhibit was borne of a persistent desire to promote and honour members of the LGBT community. Ten photographers each contribute 10 images capturing the faces (and bodies!) of LGBT artists prominent within the copse of Toronto's artistic landscape.