Canada Lgbt

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.

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!

Conservative Muslims Must Lead the Dialogue With LGBT Muslims

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 10.25.2015 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

How can Muslim LGBT lead the dialogue if a majority amongst them segregate their lives from conservative spaces? The importance of dialogue within conservative Muslim communities cannot be over-emphasized. Such a dialogue will have to be part of a much-needed internal critique, for outside solutions may be rejected as anti-Muslim bigotry.

Eloquence Trumped Bigotry in the Fight for LGBT Rights

Ron Levy | Posted 10.21.2015 | Canada Living
Ron Levy

A minority is defined as dangerous by a segment of society that clings to traditional views of acceptability. They fail to recognize prejudices inherent in their views until a hard-won fight for equal rights and shifting zeitgeist forces them to move on, foisting their fears on the next marginalized group.

Minister Hires Adviser To Help Schools On Transgender Policy

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Alberta

The board has been struggling to implement a policy.

Edmonton Catholic School Board Struggles With LGBT Policy

CP | Chris Purdy | Posted 10.12.2015 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON — It started earlier this year when a seven-year-old transgender girl wanted to use the girl's washroom in her Catholic school. She wa...

U of T Decreases Gender-Neutral Bathrooms After Voyeurism Reports

The Huffington Post Canada | Jessica Chin | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Living

Two women reported seeing someone reach a cellphone over while they were in the shower.

This Conservative Muslim Scholar Does Not Represent My Islam

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 09.19.2015 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

Muslim scholar Yasir Qadhi recently posted a video on LGBT issues in "modern Islam." He views the issue of same-sex relationships primarily through the lens of "urges" and the singular act of "anal intercourse" between males.

Quebec Is Making It Easier For Transgender People To Legally Change Their Sex

CP | Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Living

Several provinces have reconsidered their rules about changing sex on birth certificates in recent years.

Finding Shelter for Homeless LGBT Youth

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Earlier this summer, Canada's first transitional housing dedicated to LGBT youth opened in Toronto--the YMCA's Sprott House. Reading about this great initiative raised our awareness about an issue that needs to be on the radar of all Canadians -- the unacceptable rate of LGBT youth who have no place to call home. LGBT youth become homeless for much of the same reasons as other young people -- family conflict, abuse, mental health issues and addiction. LGBT youth also experience higher rates of mental health and addiction issues in large part because of discrimination.

Nepal Just Issued Its First Third-Gender Passport

The Huffington Post Canada | Jessica Chin | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada Living

It's a milestone day for the country's LGBT citizens.

Brands Should Support LGBT Rights

Joseph Donia | Posted 07.07.2015 | Canada Business
Joseph Donia

As the SCOTUS decision permeates business and marketing discussions, there have been a few arguments against brands publicly supporting equal marriage and LGBT rights. And not always the kinds of truthiness inspired arguments you might expect, but rather, reasoned (if ill-informed) arguments based on a few common assumptions. I'd like to address those here.

I've Learned There Is No Us Versus Them With Transgender Issues

Alison Tedford | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Living
Alison Tedford

Recently someone in my inner circle began a relationship with a transgender woman. I learned to love someone new and accept her into my circle. Issues affecting transgender people have become my issues. I have read articles about people wanting to make policy about which bathroom is used by a transgender person. Then I realized, this isn't just a problem "they" face, it's a problem she faces.

Dave Letterman Was My Man on the Inside

Steven Kerzner | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Living
Steven Kerzner

I loved TV, so to enjoy the adventures of (the bionic) Steve Austin or Jim Rockford or Fonzie and the Cunninghams, I had to endure the obvious social-engineering messages that reminded me I was an outsider. Then along came David Letterman.