Canada Lgbtq

Returning To The Caribbean Reminded Me Why I Left My Homophobic Home

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

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.

I Embraced My Lesbian Identity As My Father Became A Priest

Allia McLeod | Posted 03.14.2017 | Canada Living
Allia McLeod

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?

The Fight For LGBTQ Inclusion At A Beloved Ontario Summer Camp

The Huffington Post Canada | Kristy Woudstra | Posted 03.09.2017 | Canada Parents

Ontario Pioneer Camp bans those counsellors who live an "out" lifestyle.

The Grief Inherent In Being Black And Feminist

Rachel Ricketts | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Living
Rachel Ricketts

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. 

What Passes For Feminism These Days Needs To Do Better

Tara K. Reed | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Living
Tara K. Reed

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.

M-103 Can Ban Islamophobia, But Only Honest Dialogue Will End It

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 02.21.2017 | Canada Politics
Junaid Jahangir

Beyond law, we need merciless introspection, critical thinking and honest dialogue on part of both conservative and Muslim Canadians that would draw the two communities together and isolate hateful people. We cannot afford to lose more lives to radicalization and supremacism.

Top 5 LGBTQ-Friendly Romantic Vacation Spots

Booking.com | Posted 02.14.2017 | Canada Travel
Booking.com

The abundance of roses, candy hearts and Hershey kisses can only mean one thing, the day of love is almost here. And while we all know February 14th is a Hallmark-invented holiday, it's a great time to celebrate all type of love, because #LoveIsLove. Of course, your darling will want to be whisked away and showered with romance. Sure, roses are lovely, but why not use the upcoming "holiday" as an excuse for a romantic getaway.

Alberta Should Be Proud Of Gay-Straight Alliances In Its Schools

Duncan Kinney | Posted 01.06.2017 | Canada Alberta
Duncan Kinney

It takes an incredible amount of courage and leadership to actually go to the principal at an outwardly Christian school and ask to start a GSA. To those students, you have my admiration and my respect. Students all over Alberta need to know that it can happen at their school, too.

12 Gorgeous Kids' Books About Same-Sex Families

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 01.04.2017 | Canada Parents

These beautiful stories teach kids that love is what makes a family.

Joshua Ostroff

A Gay Refugee's Journey From Syria To Marching Next To Trudeau

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 12.28.2016 | Canada Living

"I was overwhelmed by the presence of the prime minister next to me."

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 12.26.2016 | 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.