Lgbtq

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."

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.

How One Man Helped Canadian LGBTQ+ Rights Take Flight

Ron Levy | Posted 10.10.2015 | Canada Living
Ron Levy

Consider the butterfly effect. Wings flap and set off a hurricane. Canada's most dramatic civil rights movement was set in motion by one man who quietly and privately pursued his carnal pleasures. His libido ignited a chain of events that continue to profoundly shape and redefine sexual, gender and cultural identities today. The butterfly in question was a mechanic named George Klippert.

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.

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.

Ontario Sex Ed Curriculum Infringes Parents' Rights? Think Again

Misha Abarbanel | Posted 01.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Misha Abarbanel

The backlash against Ontario's new health curriculum has left many people confused. Is it radical? Are fundamental parental and religious rights being undermined? All parents want to protect their children, but opponents of sex education are inadvertently doing the opposite. Denying children accurate and inclusive information about their bodies, human relationships and sexuality is not protective; it is irresponsible. Without such information, children are unable to care for themselves and grow into healthy and responsible adults.

A New HIV Prevention Method May Be Coming to Canada

John Maxwell | Posted 09.09.2015 | Canada Living
John Maxwell

A new era of HIV prevention is upon us. Pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences Canada recently announced it is seeking approval from Health Canada for the use of Truvada as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. Better known as PrEP, the new highly effective prevention tool is now on track to be available in Canada.

Chris Hyndman's Obituary Recalls His Charisma, Wit, Smile

CP | Posted 08.11.2015 | Canada Living

The "Steven and Chris" star was found dead last week in an alleyway outside the Toronto residence he shared with husband Steven Sabados.

How Literature Finally Lets Queers Speak

Thom Vernon | Posted 08.06.2015 | Canada Living
Thom Vernon

Coming up in a heteronormative world can be crushing to anyone who doesn't fit that mold. A lot of us who knew early that we were different also knew whether that difference was welcome -- or was to be removed. Queer writers have mined, and are mining, the insights that abandonment, isolation and violence have gifted us.

In Sport Inclusion, There Are No Sidelines

Kristina Flynn | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada Impact
Kristina Flynn

Sport and recreation is something we're all exposed to -- from gym class as children, to swim class as seniors -- sport has the potential to lift people up and bring us together. But for many, recreational sport can also be the first time they experience exclusion and discrimination.

18 Countries Where #LoveWins

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada Living

Welcome to the club, America. We've been waiting for you.

Why Was My Queer Children's Book Too Radical For Kindergarteners?

Catherine Hernandez | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Parents
Catherine Hernandez

This past May, I was excited as heck when the book was finally published and printed, in my hands and ready to show the world. Only -- not everyone in the world wanted to see it, and most certainly not the school within my district. At Charlottetown Junior Public School, I approached my daughter's former kindergarten teacher about doing a reading to her students. Shortly after, I was told by the teacher that the VP said "not now" citing that the timing would likely create a backlash due to the introduction of Ontario's new progressive sex education curriculum.

We Must Remember Homeless LGBTQ2S Youth During Pride

Alex Abramovich | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Impact
Alex Abramovich

The month of Pride is a time for LGBTQ2S individuals to not only say who we are; but to also celebrate and be proud of who we are. Pride month is meant to remind us that we are real and that we matter, however, not all members of our community are seen; not all are celebrated; many are silenced and marginalized, made to feel that they are not real and that they do not belong.

The Miseducation of Ontario's New Sex Ed Curriculum

Faisal Kutty | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Faisal Kutty

The curriculum is aimed at preparing kids to navigate the complicated interpersonal and sexual situations in today's hyper-sexualized world. But opponents have latched on to a number of provisions. It should be clearly understood that the new curriculum is not a "How to Manual" and that the state is not promoting a particular relationship structure. Ultimately, the government must do a better job of convincing some parents that it is responding to the changing realities. All stakeholders must feel that at least some of their concerns are heard and validated.

'Health Care Is Incredibly Inaccessible For Most Trans People Across The Country'

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Canada's health-care system may be built on the premise of equal access for all, but the transgender community says the provision of service...

Rye Silverman Is The Style Icon We All Need

The Huffington Post Canada | Julia Brucculieri | Posted 04.09.2015 | Canada Style

ModCloth is embracing diversity in a beautiful way. First, they became the first fashion company that pledged to stop Photoshopping models, and no...

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."

It's About Time Canada Stood Up for Homeless LGBT Youth

Alex Abramovich | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Impact
Alex Abramovich

On March 11, 2015, Toronto City Council finally approved funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and 2-spirit (LGBTQ2S) youth transitional housing. Although I am extremely disappointed that LGBTQ2S youth homelessness has been inadequately addressed for so many years, I am grateful that there is more understanding and awareness of this social justice crisis. I am also grateful that more organizations are now committed to developing campaigns and programs for LGBTQ2S youth experiencing homelessness.

Erica Lenti

TVO, Stephen Fry Tackle Homophobia

HuffingtonPost.com | Erica Lenti | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada TV

It is easy to lose sight of just how rampant homophobia is while living in a progressive, liberal society -- like most Canadian cities. Here, gay marr...

Welcome To Pride Parade, Politicians! Now, Remember Pride Lasts ALL Year

Kent Hehr | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada Alberta
Kent Hehr

Someone who just shows up to the Pride Parade, but who does not follow up this action by trying to move the cause of LGBTQ rights forward, is merely going through the motions and seeking respect for being seen.

LGBTQ Kids Shouldn't Feel Anxious Going To School

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 10.30.2014 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Schools have traditionally emphasized conformity as a way to encourage fitting in. Those who do not conform can find themselves facing discipline for infractions that, in other circumstances, would draw little if any attention. How well can rules to create conformity work for a transgendered teenager? Not well at all.