Canada Lgbtq

Fellow Gay Men, Stop Glorifying Toxic Ideals Of Masculinity

Jeremy Alexander | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Living
Jeremy Alexander

I'm sure most of us have had experiences with an overly aggressive man trying to strong-arm you into a sexual relationship. Why does this happen? My theory is simple. These men overcompensate. They fight this, they embrace "bro" culture -- anything to feel they have "reclaimed" this lost masculinity.

When Children Of Immigrants Come Out To Their Parents

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Living

To be honest, it's a mix of all kinds of emotions.

Trump Win Proves You Can't Be 'Your Own Kind' Of Feminist

Tara K. Reed | Posted 11.14.2016 | Canada Living
Tara K. Reed

After the U.S. election, I wanted to call myself a feminist. Especially as friends wept about the uncertain (and certain) future of a Trump America. Still, I can't. Because feminism is hiding too many racists and bigots. People who hear "Be your own kind of feminist" and place emphasis on "your own kind."

Joshua Ostroff

LGBT Icon Warns Millions Of Followers About Trump-Pence Homophobia

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Living

"Donald Trump is horrible in so many ways but [Pence] is incredibly homophobic and I don't think that’s been highlighted a lot during this election."

My Grandmother Recognized Me As Trans The Day We Said Goodbye

Joshua M. Ferguson | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Living
Joshua M. Ferguson

I am a non-binary trans person. I know that many people do not yet understand what this means. Many people refuse to acknowledge my existence. Being seen as I am by people is a remarkable feeling, and my grandmother gave this gift to me in the most unexpected moment. My grandmother spent her minute of clarity, while suffering in a state of almost perpetual dementia and physical exhaustion, to give me a beautiful gift of cross-generational respect as a trans person. To see me as I am.

Queer Women Creating Consent Culture

femifesto | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Living
femifesto

The rate of violent victimization is 2.5 times higher for Canadians who identify as gay or lesbian, as opposed to those who identify as straight. For those who identify as bisexual, it's four times higher. While there's been increased media attention to stories of sexual violence recently, queer women's stories are often left out of the picture.

We Are Non-Binary Trans People And Yes, We Exist

Joshua M. Ferguson | Posted 10.15.2016 | Canada Living
Joshua M. Ferguson

Trans people are diverse, but we are not all the same. Non-binary trans people have been largely excluded from the discussion about trans people, and this erasure delegitimizes our identity. What troubles me is that some people are acting out dangerous forms of transphobia to erase non-binary trans people.

On National Coming Out Day, Have A Thoughtful Conversation In The Workplace

Jennifer Tory | Posted 10.11.2016 | Canada Living
Jennifer Tory

In the LGBTQ community, "coming out" means the voluntary self-disclosure of one's sexual orientation and/or gender identity. I believe that coming out means a person feels they can be completely free to be true to themselves and live authentically. It's a fundamental right, and one that everyone deserves equally.

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.

Canada Would Gladly Take Omar McLeod From Homophobic Jamaica

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 08.19.2016 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

I don't know about you, but if I just created history for my country on a world stage and my fellow citizens reacted by calling me derogatory names that could potentially put my life in danger, I would seriously think about moving to another country. Sadly, Jamaican athlete Omar McLeod was not so lucky.

Hate Speech Is Trash And Should Be Treated As Such

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 08.16.2016 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Like it or not, Canada is a country that celebrates freedom of expression. Section 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states that "Everyone has freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication." That "Everyone" includes people who say objectionable, false, foolish, misguided, or even ugly things.

'Gay Day' At Amusement Park Cancelled After Couple Told Not To Hug

The Huffington Post Canada | Angelyn Francis | Posted 07.18.2016 | Canada

“It’s so offensive and absurd that anyone would consider that not family friendly."

Influential LGBTQ Music Videos You May Have Forgotten

CP | David Friend | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Living

RuPaul's "Supermodel" is THE BEST.

Taking Pride In Creating Authentic Spaces For LGBTQ2S Homeless Youth

Alex Abramovich | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Alex Abramovich

Homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia remain rampant in most institutional settings, including schools, healthcare facilities, and shelters and housing programs. LGBTQ2S youth remain largely overrepresented in the homeless youth population, with estimates as high as up to 40 per cent of homeless youth identifying as LGBTQ2S.

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.

Religiously Inspired Hate Is Still Hate

Elaine Craig | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Elaine Craig

Law Societies in Ontario, British Columbia, and Nova Scotia decided that TWU's law degree could not be accredited because the University excludes gays and lesbians. Why was it right for them to deny accreditation? Because, unfortunately, our society remains filled with hatred for sexual minorities. The mass murder of gays and lesbians that occurred last week in Orlando provides a horrific example of what can occur when a country allows one of its constitutional rights to run amok.

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.

The Moment George Clark's 'Revolution' Stopped Being Funny

Duncan Kinney | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Duncan Kinney

George Clark is pretty easy to laugh off. But when March 8 rolled around, I found myself on the Alberta Legislature grounds with a crowd of a couple hundred overwhelmingly white people gathered for George Clark's glorious revolution. And while it started out as funny, by the time it was over it had gotten a little scary.

LGBTQ Kids Deserve Respect No Matter Where They Go To School

Progress Alberta | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Impact
Progress Alberta

We know that LGBTQ students still face a difficult situation in schools and there's ample evidence to back this up. Recent research shows that 64 per cent of LGBTQ students in Canada don't feel safe at school and 70 per cent of all students say they hear anti-gay slurs and remarks EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Canada's First Gay Activist Climbs Martin Luther King's Mountain

Ron Levy | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Living
Ron Levy

I am often reminded of Martin Luther King, who uniquely demonstrated that eloquence trumps bigotry, when researching Canada's earliest LGBT activists. They, like King, were at the forefront of a dramatic civil rights movement, making powerful and persuasive arguments for social justice in the face of sometimes brutal suppression.

No Home For The Holidays

Alex Abramovich | Posted 12.23.2015 | Canada Living
Alex Abramovich

The holiday season is truly a magical time of year. It is a time for giving, reflection, and appreciation. Many individuals and organizations come together and show thanks by donating what they can to those in need. Unfortunately, the holidays will not be magical for everyone, especially not for a high proportion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and 2-Spirit (LGBTQ2S) youth who have experienced familial, societal, and institutional rejection. The holidays can be an especially lonely time for many, particularly for those without a safe place to call home.

Troye Sivan On How Coming Out Can Mean Life Or Death

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 12.11.2015 | Canada Living

The reaction from loved ones can have a massive impact on an LGBTQ person's life.

Mom's Tattoo Transformed To Better Reflect Transgender Son

The Huffington Post Alberta | Sarah Rieger | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Alberta

Beautiful!

The Pronoun Gaining Popularity Among Transgender People

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Impact

"Mx for 'mixed' — kind of not a 'Mr.' or 'Ms.' — it's literally what I am: mixed."