Canada Lgbt

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.

6 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Puerto Rico

Lisa Jackson | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Travel
Lisa Jackson

Too often, Canadian vacationers overlook Puerto Rico as a sun destination. But this lively island just south of Miami is filled with history, culture, ecotourism, and an incredible food scene.

Muslims Struggling With Their Sexuality Should Not Judge LGBT Muslims

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 05.01.2015 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

Some Muslims who struggle between their sexuality and faith internalize the opinions of conservative Muslim scholars. The only way they can address such cognitive dissonance is by accepting their struggle as a test from God.

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."

Support the Queer Community Without Pinkwashing

Joseph Donia | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Business
Joseph Donia

A portmanteau of "pink" and "whitewashing," pinkwashing is sometimes used to describe organizations who tout support for LGBTQ causes to distract from less ethical endeavours, or who do so without backing their messages through appropriate actions or policies. So how can you as an inclusive, diversity-loving organization reach LGBTQ communities in the right way? Here are five tips.

Catwoman Comes Out As Bisexual

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 02.27.2015 | Canada Living

Selina Kyle aka Catwoman kisses another woman in the newest issue of "Catwoman," with the writer revealing that she intended to establish the characte...

Award Created In Memory Of Slain B.C. Transgender Woman

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada British Columbia

A youth leadership award has been created in honour of January Marie Lapuz, a transgender woman who was killed in New Westminster, B.C. Lapuz, 26, ...

Dating Apps Are Part Of My Campaign As A Young Candidate

Mischa Oak | Posted 01.12.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Mischa Oak

To be a candidate who actually gets elected, I also have to be unique. As far as I know, I'm the only candidate that's marketing by getting matches on the dating apps Tinder, Grindr, and Scruff. I figure these are some of the best places to meet people these days. I go where my peers are and use the technology designed to connect us.

Male Student Told To Remove Lipstick For B.C. School Photo

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 10.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Adam Bade was just being himself for school photos. And for him, that meant wearing makeup. The Grade 11 student wore pink lipstick for his school ...

Let Men With Same Sex Lovers Donate Blood

Jonathan Crombie | Posted 11.30.2014 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Crombie

Over a year ago, Canada lifted a 30-year-old prohibition on gay men donating blood. However, Canada Blood Services still includes a ban on blood donations from any man who has had sex with another man in the past five years. That is why the Young Liberals of Canada want a policy that is based on evidence, because no single, loosely defined group should be discriminated against based on generalized statistics, perceptions or prejudices. A blanket ban on sexually active MSM is not merely discriminatory; it's unsafe.

Stephanie Beaudoin's "Sexy" Looks Shouldn't Mask Her Alleged Ugly Crimes

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada
Christopher Zoukis

A media biz friend of mine recently forwarded to me a news report on "the world's hottest criminal," Ms. Stephanie Beaudoin; a 21 year old nursing student in Quebec. Complete with a fetching photo of Ms. Beaudoin on a boat in a bikini, the story mentions that she's facing 114 criminal charges for breaking into more than 40 homes last summer.

Toronto, Don't Choose a Rob Ford Redux

Douglas Judson | Posted 11.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Douglas Judson

The trouble is that recent years have invigorated the mayor's brand of hyperbole politics. It pays out in spades for those willing to join the bandwagon and echo the "us versus them" chorus. Its cronies transcend party lines; its victims and resisters fade quickly from memory ("not a leader", anyone?). It is the Ford Nation creed. A new, normalized nastiness has imbued the body politic, harshly demarking who is "one of us" and who is to be cast aside. Its candidates bob in the fickle surf of prejudice or fashionable platitudes, instead of wading into their own vision or fair-minded convictions.

Ottawa Opera Company Fires Singer For Homophobic Facebook Statement

HuffPost Canada Music | Jason MacNeil | Posted 08.29.2014 | Canada Music

An opera singer with Ottawa's Opera Lyra is now looking for work after being fired for remarks he made on Facebook which his employer deemed to be hom...

Bike Shop Serves Only Ciswomen And Trans Customers On Sundays

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Impact

A Toronto DIY bicycle shop offers its services to ciswomen and trans customers only on Sundays, excluding other patrons, to create a safe space. ...

WATCH: Study Reveals Positive Benefits In Same-Sex Parenting

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Living

New research out of Australia has found children raised by same-sex parents are healthier and happier than their peers who are not. The findings c...

I've Been Out and Proud for 25 Years

Nikki Gershbain | Posted 08.30.2014 | Canada Impact
Nikki Gershbain

As I find myself on the eve of World Pride weekend, making plans to march in the parade with my partner, my son and step-daughter, and their dads, I cannot help but reflect on the fact that it has been almost a quarter of a century since I came out. Our children are in Grades one and three. They love all of their moms, and my parents are thrilled to be grandparents -- to not one but, now, two kids. I continue to be an advocate, although today it takes different forms. Today, my girlfriend and I dream about getting married in the backyard of our home. I will get married because now I want to. And now I can.

BMO To Same-Sex Couples: Take Your Rights 'More Seriously'

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.19.2014 | Canada Business

Same-sex couples face disadvantages when it comes to financial management, says a BMO study set for release this week. The bank's report, which is ...

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.

Vancouver Mother Speaks Out For Her Transgender Son

Ian Young | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ian Young

Vancouver mother Fiona Chen knew her daughter was different, almost as soon as she could express herself. "From age three she refused to wear dresses...there were so many beautiful dresses that I had to give away," said Chen with a laugh. But it was the start of a difficult journey.

Michael Sam and the Fight Against the Christian Right

Lio Perron | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada Living
Lio Perron

For the first time in U.S. history gay rights took centre stage during the NFL's entry draft, a three-day media bonanza carried live on television. The St. Louis Rams picked Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player, who kissed his partner on the lips on live television.

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

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 04.27.2014 | 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 04.23.2014 | 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...