Coming out to your parents as LGBTQ is a deeply personal experience. And when you're the child of an immigrant, there can be layers of cultural complexity that families have to navigate. Some first-generation parents are accepting, while others don't understand and make it difficult for their queer children to just be themselves.
As part of our Born And Raised series, these second-generation Canadians share what it was like for them to come out to their loved ones. Watch the video to learn about their experiences, and how it's changed their relationships with their families.
June is Pride month, and multitudes of rainbow flags can be found flying in cities around the world as LGBTQ communities celebrate their history, love, triumphs and revolutions. What do the colours of the flag mean? Watch this video on the history of the iconic symbol and its significance as the fight for safety and equal human rights for LGBTQ people continues globally.
Jordan Whelen talks about the day-to-day challenges of living as a gay man in business and in dating life and shares his own journey of self-acceptance.
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"I just didn't think anyone would ever accept me."
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June is LGBT Pride Month, and I feel this is a great opportunity to discuss why LGBT inclusion in the workplace is important for employee wellness and how employers can foster an environment of inclusion.
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A Pride body is the one we see in all the advertisements for Pride parties, or on a float in a Speedo, dancing with a water gun. It's the body in the poster for the circuit party, wearing a leather harness and army-themed short-shorts. It is a shame that we don't celebrate all bodies at Pride, to shift the gaze onto diverse representations.
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Today, May 17th marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT) -- a global celebration of gender and sexual diversity. This year, 2017, the theme is focused on families. We know that family support is critical to the health and well-being of LGBTQ2S young people. We also know that not all LGBTQ2S young people receive support from their families of origin, and that the consequences of family rejection can have a lasting negative impact on youth.
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With the looming "religious freedom" legislation which could enshrine and protect a "right" to discriminate if the desire to do so is religiously motivated, the U.S. is, in my view, increasingly becoming a jurisdiction to which Canadian employers have to be careful about sending their employees.
Jason Kenney made the personal the political when he said parents should be notified when a kid joins their school's gay-straight alliance - which, of course, has the effect of outing them. Jason Kenney proposed one rule for gay kids, and an entirely different rule for guys like him. You know, like hypocrites do.
As much as I craved my mother's warm embrace, the smell of the sea and the happy moments that I did share with my partner in our home, I couldn't help but wonder if my homophobic attackers were still around. And that uncertainty - coupled with the fact that our love is still considered a crime there - was my wake-up call.
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Almost 10 years ago, my father decided to sell the family business and head to theology school to become an Anglican priest. At the same time he was solidifying his devotion to his religion, I was embracing my sexuality and identity as a lesbian. Would he see that this didn't have to change anything?
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Ontario Pioneer Camp bans those counsellors who live an "out" lifestyle.
It's exhausting having to constantly point out privilege, what it is, how it operates and how it's insidious and thus extremely hard to see or understand when you have so much of it; which is precisely why even those feminists with the best intentions can get caught up defending their own story instead of listening to the stories of those more oppressed.
Feminism: you in danger, girl. Blogger Tara K. Reed explains why she struggles with the term feminist as a woman with a disability and why she would like to see a change in how the term is used among millennials and in pop culture.