Transgender Issues

Black Voices Must Be Heard in the Conversation About Gender Violence

Black Lives Matter – Toronto | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Impact
Black Lives Matter – Toronto

Despite the Black Lives Matter movement focusing media attention on how violence affects black communities, the experiences of women and girls have not received the same sustained media attention and outcry as the experiences of men. Our voices are routinely excluded from political and public discourse. It's critical for us to make an intervention.

Catholic Board Meet Education Minister To Talk Transgender Policy

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Alberta

"I think a lot of points were made today about how that can't happen again."

Canada's Failure to Protect Trans Women Should Be an Election Issue

Sophia Banks | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Sophia Banks

Like most women in Canada, I feel issues that affect me are generally ignored by politicians, especially on a federal level. There was some buzz on September 21st over the #UpForDebate, which was a panel featuring video clips from political party leaders and a panel of women discussing these clips about the neglected issues women in Canada face. As a woman I should perhaps feel positive and hopeful with this progress, that finally these issues are being addressed at least in some capacity. But as a trans woman I already know that issues affecting my unique needs and concerns will be ignored.

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.

What You Need To Know About (Trans)Gender Language

Ana Rodriguez | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada Living
Ana Rodriguez

Transgender rights have been popping up in the headlines more and more in the past few months. But transphobia still exists  --  on the internet, in schools, in families, and in the media. We've come a long way and still have a long way to go.

Can I Be a Lesbian and Date a Trans Man?

Pega Ren | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Living
Pega Ren

As a sex therapist in private practice, I'm asked all sorts of interesting questions on a regular basis. The following touched on sensitive and important issues deserving of being shared with others. Here's the question. Do you agree with my answer?

Sam's Story Reveals One Thing About Transitioning That's Rarely Talked About

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 09.15.2015 | Canada Living

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I've Learned There Is No Us Versus Them With Transgender Issues

Alison Tedford | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Living
Alison Tedford

Recently someone in my inner circle began a relationship with a transgender woman. I learned to love someone new and accept her into my circle. Issues affecting transgender people have become my issues. I have read articles about people wanting to make policy about which bathroom is used by a transgender person. Then I realized, this isn't just a problem "they" face, it's a problem she faces.

Ed The Sock: TV Paved The Way For Caitlyn Jenner

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada

Television's nothing but mindless entertainment right? Maybe, until it serves as an agent for change. But according to our resident media curmudgeon E...

Who Decides What Makes a Woman?

Madison Foster | Posted 06.11.2015 | Canada Living
Madison Foster

Writer Elinor Burkett, in this past weekend's New York Times, takes it upon herself to define womanhood, which she feels is under attack from trans women. Instead, Burkett only succeeds in viciously grinding an anti-feminist axe with the intent of severing trans women from our rightful womanhood. Transmisogyny is where transphobia and misogyny meet, each intensifying the other. It is a form of gendered oppression experienced by trans women, central to which is the vicious lie that we are, or ever have been, men. This is violence, a violence which all too frequently ends in a trans woman's death.

Forget Russia, We Have Our Own Human Rights Problems

Hana Shafi | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Hana Shafi

Fixating on Russia is not going to solve the various human rights crises facing the West. Russia does have several of its own human rights abuses, several of its own problems that harm the society there. But let's not pretend for a second like the West is somehow incredibly different. By doing so, we forego the responsibility to address the problems that we have right here at home, and prove to the world that we are still holding onto simplistic "scary Russia" sentiments that were just as misguided and ignorant during the Cold War as they are now.

WATCH: The First Promo For Caitlyn Jenner's New Show

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 06.03.2015 | Canada Living

In her interview with Diane Sawyer, Caitlyn Jenner said 2015 would be a big year — and she's already been proven right. Just days after Jenner g...

Laverne Cox Throws Support Behind Caitlyn Jenner

The Huffington Post Canada | Julia Brucculieri | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Style

"It feels like a new day, indeed, when a trans person can present her authentic self to the world for the first time and be celebrated for it so universally."

Most Transgender Youth In Canada Self-Harm, Study

The Huffington Post Canada | Julianna McDermott | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Parents

Transgender youth in Canada are facing major mental and physical health challenges, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia. ...

Vancouver Police Discriminated Against Transgender People: Tribunal

CP | Laura Kane, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada British Columbia

The complainant spent a night in jail shortly after sex reassignment surgery and says nurses refused to let her go through with post-operation procedures.

Joshua Ostroff

WATCH: An Intimate Look At This Transgender Punk Rocker's Life | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 10.10.2014 | Canada Music

Laura Jane Grace, singer for political punk rockers Against Me!, has always been outspoken, but for much of her life she felt forced to hide her true ...

Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace On Being A Transgender Role Model

The Huffington Post Canada | Benjamin Boles | Posted 06.26.2014 | Canada Music

Most progressive-minded musicians would be thrilled to play an event as massive as the 2014 WorldPride celebrations in Toronto this week, but for Agai...

The Worst Questions Trans People Get Asked

CP | Leanne Italie, The Associated Press | Posted 08.24.2014 | Canada Living

NEW YORK, N.Y. - At a party, in a checkout line or out to dinner, transgender model Arisce Wanzer has this to say about routine, uncomfortable questio...

Vancouver Mother Speaks Out For Her Transgender Son

Ian Young | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ian Young

Vancouver mother Fiona Chen knew her daughter was different, almost as soon as she could express herself. "From age three she refused to wear dresses...there were so many beautiful dresses that I had to give away," said Chen with a laugh. But it was the start of a difficult journey.

Laverne Cox Covers Time Magazine

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.30.2014 | Canada Style

"Orange is the New Black" star Laverne Cox is on the cover of this week's Time magazine, and girl is looking fierce and fabulous. The cover story, ...

Vancouver Transgender Students Could Use Any School Washroom

CBC | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia

The Vancouver School Board got a mixed reception to plans to change its sexual orientation and gender identity policy at a packed public meeting Wedne...

WATCH: Transgender Model's Inspiring Message

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.03.2014 | Canada Style

Even though model Geena Rocero had been working in the fashion business for a decade, no one in the industry, including friends, colleagues and her ag...

Transgender Canadians Deserve Protection -- Why Aren't They Getting It?

Peter Goffin | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Peter Goffin

When newly-sentenced Wikileaks source Pvt. Bradley Manning revealed he would be pursuing gender reassignment while in prison, the announcement was met with a raft of reaction, some of it supportive, much of it venomous. Some 1,700 km northeast of the cell where Manning will serve 35 years for leaking U.S. military secrets, Canadian legislators have been at work since June 2011 to expand the Canadian Criminal Code to include gender identity and gender expression on the list of characteristics protected by hate crime law

Anything Girls Can Do, I Can Do Better

Donald D'Haene | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada Living
Donald D'Haene

At 17 I just enjoyed reversing the gender stereotypes of my peers. I was raised in a hierarchal, conservative area (read: small-town Ontario) in the 1960s. I recall a girl sitting behind me in my Gr. 12 business class piping up, "Boys cannot be secretaries!" Personally, I thought, was she for real?

Transwoman Connor Ferguson Takes Prom Queen Title In Trenton

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.05.2012 | Canada Living

It's not many schools that can say they struck a blow against discrimination by naming its prom queen, but for Trenton High School in Ontario, their e...