Canada Pride

5 Ways LGBT Muslims Can Resist Deep-Rooted Heterosexism

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

Hermeneutical gymnastics that equate LGBT Muslims with Lot's people and which downplay the legitimate human need for affection, intimacy and companionship as mere urges and whims are instigated by a deep-rooted heterosexism. The same prejudice allows placing the prohibition of homosexuality on par with the six articles of faith and the five pillars of Islam.

How To Be A Real Ally To Black Lives Matter

Tara Farahani | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Living
Tara Farahani

In fact, BLMTO is doing something no other group or society has ever done -- centering a Black experience, instead of excluding it. BLMTO looks to put its efforts into elevating and putting forward the issues of Black folks because no one else is -- and this is important and necessary.

Black Lives Matter TO: Please Stop Pushing Allies Away

Sima Xyn | Posted 07.06.2016 | Canada Living
Sima Xyn

Dear Black Lives Matter Toronto, I approached your booth and said, "I would like to buy a shirt and make a donation," but your volunteer told me shirts are $20 and are only for sale to the black community. What baffles me is you really took the time to tell me I'm not the right race, colour or minority to purchase your T-shirts or support your organization. I replied, "That's not right" and left quickly, dumbfounded and shocked, trying to collect my jaw from the streets of Toronto.

LGBT Artists Who Shaped Toronto's Music History

Jonathan Bunce (Jonny Dovercourt) | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Music
Jonathan Bunce (Jonny Dovercourt)

Although we have a long way to go in the fight for equality, it's cities like Toronto who pave the way for acceptance and support of LGBT expression. This support is reflected in the long history of supporting queer music.

Influential LGBTQ Music Videos You May Have Forgotten

CP | David Friend | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Living

RuPaul's "Supermodel" is THE BEST.

Show Your Pride With This Rainbow Ombré Nail Art

Kaitlyn Elisabeth Beauty | Kaitlyn Delano | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Style

It is easy to achieve and has some added glam.

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.

Surrey Shows Its Pride At 1st-Ever Parade

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada British Columbia

“This is the year for Surrey coming alive with LGBTQ community."

Mashrou' Leila Is The Band You Didn't Know You Loved

Dana Wagner | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada Music
Dana Wagner

An openly gay frontman, an Armenian violinist, a drummer, guitarists, poets, and composers -- Mashrou' Leila is either nothing like you'd expect of Lebanese musicians, or everything. And they're playing in Toronto for Pride this year.

These 25 Photos Of Toronto Pride Show The Parade's Evolution

Huffington Post Canada | Al Donato | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living

Toronto Pride has come so far!

Orlando Shooting Gave Pride Month A Whole New Meaning: Partygoers

CP | David Friend, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.18.2016 | Canada

Orlando resurrected concerns about violence in the local community and the value of "safe spaces.''

I Came Out As Transgender, And I've Never Been Happier

Lia Kendall | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living
Lia Kendall

You might know that the number one word associated with being transgender is "dysphoria," a vague medicalized word used ascribed to transgender people to describe how mirrors and people you thought were your friends now make you cry. But another common word I've heard transgender people use to describe themselves is "monster." I knew to expect all that pain before I told a single person. But what nobody had prepared me for was the joy.

Take Pride In What You Do

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

I keep my house clean, my car clean and my desk clean. I know that whether they mean to or not, guests and coworkers will judge me and my abilities on what they see. I don't want my guests to be afraid to eat my food, or my coworkers to think that I can't do my job properly because of the way I have presented myself. I take pride in all aspects of my job.

I Want To Believe A Kinder, More Loving World Is Possible

Todd Hauptman | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Living
Todd Hauptman

An estimated 50 people are dead following the events in Orlando because of hatred. Fifty people are dead because of ignorance. I am about to turn 30 in a few weeks and I want to believe that this world can become a more loving, more kind and more embracing world.

A Lesson For Today From My Least Favourite Class In High School

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Living
Carl Duivenvoorden

When I was in high school, my least favourite class was English. It wasn't my teacher's fault; it was just that, somehow, the lessons of ancient literature did not resonate with my teenage mind. But I've come to appreciate the relevance of the life truths buried within those classic writings we were obliged to study years ago.

What Makes Canadians Proud? The Answer May Surprise You

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Living

The national statistical agency says 87 per cent of respondents to the 2013 General Social Survey said they're proud to be Canadian.

Girl Scouts Refuse Massive Donation For All The Right Reasons

The Huffington Post Canada | Brittany Goldfield Rodrigues | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Parents

Here's why Girl Scouts returned $100,000.

Why I Love Same-Sex Parents

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr Dina Kulik

Evidence shows, and I find to be true, that same-sex parents tend to be highly motivated, involved, and committed, as they "chose" to be parents and often did a lot of work to become parents. Same-sex parents rarely become pregnant by accident, compared with approximately 50 per cent of accidental pregnancies among heterosexual partners. Children of gay parents may have advantages in open-mindedness, tolerance and equality, though of course many kids of heterosexual parents may have the same.

#MermanHair Is All The Rage

The Huffington Post Canada | Brittany Goldfield Rodrigues | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Style

Just in time for Pride, too!

'This Is Going To Make A World Of Difference For A Younger Generation'

CP | Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living

TORONTO - In the moments before Anastasia Bucsis stepped on the ice to race, when her sole focus should have been on what she had to do to win, the sp...

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

Catherine Hernandez | Posted 06.24.2016 | 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.

28 LGBTQ Canadians To Celebrate As Pride Approaches

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living

June is the month for Pride, and it's been a landmark one in 2015. Between record-breaking attendance at Winnipeg's parade and petitions for giant ...

I Don't Know What To Say When People Ask 'Where Are You From?'

Marina Rogers | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Living
Marina Rogers

I have thus alienated myself from the convention of associating a cultural, national identity to my name. I do not feel like a citizen of said country, but rather, a denizen of the world. I realize my situation is rare and privileged, but I am not insensitive to the many problems revolving national identity around the world.

Toronto, Don't Choose a Rob Ford Redux

Douglas Judson | Posted 11.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Douglas Judson

The trouble is that recent years have invigorated the mayor's brand of hyperbole politics. It pays out in spades for those willing to join the bandwagon and echo the "us versus them" chorus. Its cronies transcend party lines; its victims and resisters fade quickly from memory ("not a leader", anyone?). It is the Ford Nation creed. A new, normalized nastiness has imbued the body politic, harshly demarking who is "one of us" and who is to be cast aside. Its candidates bob in the fickle surf of prejudice or fashionable platitudes, instead of wading into their own vision or fair-minded convictions.

Things to Celebrate on Canada's 147th Birthday

Pam Ross | Posted 08.31.2014 | Canada
Pam Ross

Hopewell Rocks, those beautiful natural structures, change from islands to massive rocks when the tide goes out. To be honest, though, the real beauty of the east coast is the people. While traveling solo there a few years ago, I don't think I had a single meal alone, I was invited to join people every time. Amazing people.