Transgender Issues

If Canada Really Believes In Equality, Bill C-16 Must Pass

Sandeep Prasad | Posted 05.17.2017 | Canada Politics
Sandeep Prasad

Our government has a duty to protect the human rights of all people. Laws that seek to enshrine those rights and protect us from discrimination should be considered without hesitation. If enacted into law, Bill C-16 will protect some of the most marginalized people in Canada and so, it is with all our might that we need to support its passing.

Gender-Neutral Bathrooms Debate Comes Down To Respect

Dani Oliva | Posted 03.09.2017 | Canada Living
Dani Oliva

Transgender, gender nonconforming and intersex people are not sexual deviants. The rest of the population does not need protection from them. This line of thinking creates unnecessary fear at the thought of encountering a transgender or gender nonconforming person in a public restroom.

Blunt Questions Non-Trans People Are Too Scared To Ask Out Loud

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Living

And they're actually answered by transgender people.

Living With Depression And Empathy As A Non-Binary Trans Person

Joshua M. Ferguson | Posted 01.10.2017 | Canada Living
Joshua M. Ferguson

We need each other. We need these connections to survive and we need to talk about mental illness to share light and hope. We need to stop stigmatizing mental illness. We need to survive mental illness. You need to survive it. You have to keep moving. Keep fighting. Keep dreaming.

Pitting Free Speech Against Trans Rights Is A Toxic Debate

Ido Katri | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada Living
Ido Katri

Freedom of speech does not only protect one's right to be offensive, it also protects individual and communities' right to express their diversity. By staging the debate, focusing on anti-trans and anti-black freedom of speech, the University of Toronto is inflaming the toxic environment its trans and racialized students are facing.

Warren Beatty Talks About His Trans Son For The First Time

The Huffington Post Canada | Al Donato | Posted 10.11.2016 | Canada Parents

And he could not be more proud.

Gender-Inclusive Universities Are A Human Rights Issue

Corrie Scott | Posted 10.04.2016 | Canada Living
Corrie Scott

Gender inclusivity isn't about young people being too "sensitive," as a professor at the University of Toronto would have us believe. It is about people having access to facilities that many of us take for granted. And it is about dignity. It is about human rights.

Fellow Gay White Men: Our Experience With Police Isn't The Norm

Aeryn Pfaff | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Living
Aeryn Pfaff

Since Black Lives Matter Toronto's sit-in during Pride 2016, many of you have shown woeful levels of misunderstanding of where our community as a whole sits with the police. I've heard several of you say that the police don't pose a threat to LGBT people, because we've made "progress." "The bathhouse raids were 35 years ago. Everything is fine now between LGBT people and the police!" is how the argument goes, as if conflict between police and LGBT people is a thing of the past. What you mean to say is that your battle for your rights (which did not include an agenda for LGBT people of colour) was already hard fought decades ago.

Gigi Gorgeous Was Detained In Dubai For Being Transgender

The Huffington Post Canada | Monika Markovinovic | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada Style

The Canadian model was held in the airport for five hours.

Olympic Sex-Testing Is Violence Against Women

Janice Forsyth | Posted 08.03.2016 | Canada Living
Janice Forsyth

The IOC has informally encouraged sex-testing since the 1936 Olympics, and formally since the 1968 Games. From "visual exams" inspecting the genitals of female athletes to the testosterone-seeking sex tests of today, the IOC has a horrific history of misunderstanding and misusing science to simultaneously hurt women. Women who do not fit their policy can either undergo medical intervention to force their biology into that shoebox, or quit. Several young healthy women underwent a series of invasive procedures, including clitoral amputation, to remain in competitive sport. We need to let that sink in for a minute.

Cybernetics Will Alter Our Understanding Of Transgender Rights

Brett Caron | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada Living
Brett Caron

The penultimate upgrade for humanity would be a perfect synthesis of human and machine -- superior to an entirely biological human, but possessing the same mind in this new hybridized frame. So what does this have to do with transgender people?

These Fashion Stereotypes About LGBTQ People Are Out Of Style

Huffington Post Canada | Al Donato | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Style

It's not trendy to be ignorant.

Stop Excluding Trans Survivors From Discussions Of Sexual Violence

femifesto | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Living

"Most, if not all, mainstream feminism only represents a certain kind of person. Of course, we're talking about white, middle class, able-bodied, cisgender women." Too often, says Kai, marginalized communities such as trans folks aren't given a platform to talk about the issues, like sexual violence, that impact them.

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.

I Am A Fat, Gay Man – And I Finally Love My Body

Frank Colosimo | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living
Frank Colosimo

I crushed on guys who were "out of my league." I saw others get attention while I was ignored or rejected. I felt bad about my body, which was mostly fat, with little or no visible muscle. My face was pretty and my mannerisms were soft, leaving me pretty low in the hierarchy. So I took action.

These Underwear Ads Show Trans Men Have Periods,Too

Huffington Post Canada | Al Donato | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Style

Friendly reminder that any gender can get a visit from Aunt Flo.

Canada's Only Gender Reassignment Clinic Was Set On Fire

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada

A man allegedly set fire to the operating room around on May 2.

Moms Of Transgender Kids Want You To 'Meet My Child'

The Huffington Post Canada | Angelyn Francis | Posted 05.07.2016 | Canada Parents

"There is no need for this fear."

Joshua Ostroff

This Tiny School Paved The Way For Canada's All-Gender Bathrooms | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Parents

"Some people fit into girl and boy, and some people don't. And that's OK, because they're still people."

The Change Room Project May Alienate LGBT People

Andrea Mrozek | Posted 04.07.2017 | Canada Living
Andrea Mrozek

The Change Room Project will come down this month. Kind folks never needed it, and unkind folks won't heed it. It's a project that wanted to draw attention to vulnerabilities, but in so doing, actually isolated people more.

Joshua Ostroff

Game Uses Romance To Tackle Gender Issues. It's Super Effective! | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 03.15.2016 | Canada Parents

Toronto game developer aims to level up the LGBTQ conversation.

The Outcry Over Alberta's LGBTQ Policies Is Why We Need Them

Laura Jane Conrad | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Living
Laura Jane Conrad

When the Government of Alberta released their set of guidelines to support school boards in developing LGBTQ-inclusive policies, I was hopeful, then immediately disgusted by the public response. This is something I'd been waiting for, something that I had desperately needed growing up, and it is undoubtedly of critical importance to anyone who loves a trans person.

Group Protests Closure Of Toronto Gender Identity Clinic

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada

A group is protesting the recent closure of CAMH's youth gender identity clinic.

Transgender Student Demands Third Gender Option On Census

CBC | Posted 01.06.2017 | Canada Politics

"I was told to answer neither, to leave the question blank."

Etsy's Latest DIY Project Is Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

The Huffington Post Canada | Angelyn Francis | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada Living

"Please use the restroom that feels most comfortable to you.”