Lgbtq

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."

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 08.11.2016 | 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 08.06.2016 | 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 07.08.2016 | 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.