Transgender

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...

Explaining My Gender to a Calgary Talk Radio Station

Rae Spoon | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada Music
Rae Spoon

I recently ended up on a talk radio show based in my hometown of Calgary. "Is this Rae Spoon?" asked the interviewer. "Yes, it is," I replied. "And you are transgender, right?" "Yes, I am." "And we're supposed to use a different word for you?"...In over 10 years, through the hundreds of interviews I'd done with people firing questions at me about being transgender, I had always tried to avoid answering the ones that sounded like they were something off of Jerry Springer.

What I Learned About Identity From a Transgender Truck Driver

Bianca Pang | Posted 03.04.2014 | Canada Living
Bianca Pang

The truck driver tells us to trust him (apparently, this was enough for us to believe that he wasn't a serial killer) and opens up the back of the truck. And of course, anytime the back of a truck opens, you're obliged to look in. Sure enough, costumes. An abundance of them, along with heels I made sure to take note of and purchase later on.

These Pictures Will Make You Question Everything About Gender

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Living

Lovers of art are well aware that it often takes time for a picture to truly sink in — but in "Alone Time," a series of photographs by Montreal-base...

Trans Woman Avery Edison Was Put in a Men's Prison -- Why, Canada?

Anne Theriault | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

Here in Canada, we tend to think of ourselves as claiming a sort of moral high ground when it comes to social justice issues. And then, every once in a while, an event occurs that proves just how awful and backwards we really are. Monday morning, 25-year-old British comedian Avery Edison tried to enter Canada through Toronto. She was denied entry and detained by Canadian immigration officials, a fact which she admitted was her own fault. It was decided that because of her male genitalia, she would have to go to Maplehurst Correctional Complex, an all-male facility. This, in spite of the fact that her passport lists her as female. And this is where I lose it.

How My Documentary Film Took Me From a Glacier in Alberta to Sundance

Chelsea McMullan | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada
Chelsea McMullan

It was a gruelling schedule. I came to deeply respect the life of the touring musician as I battled reoccurring ear infections and worriedly Googled the symptoms for scurvy after eating at McDonald's three times in one day, and enlisted our coats and bags to construct makeshift bunks on the overnight bus rides.

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

Living in Two Worlds: Falling in Love When You're Transgender

Carlen Costa | Posted 10.18.2013 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

I wanted to share the words of my dear friend Wes with you: "Marriage is a curious thing, especially a straight-looking marriage like ours. We are not straight, I am not straight. I am a man who was born a woman, and I began my transition to male about four years ago. I'm marrying a woman who was born a woman, in three weeks. It has taken longer than it should to appreciate that the love my partner and I share exists in two worlds. It has taken longer than it should to appreciate that we are more than one thing. More specifically, it has taken me 27 years to figure out just how many things I am."

So, Why Do They Need a Parade?

Trina Read | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada Living
Trina Read

Call me a slow learner, but I suddenly realized why there have to be gay pride parades at all. It does not matter if it is a big city, small city, Canada or the U.S. There are not enough straight people supporting homosexual rights. And I couldn't help but wonder when the day will come that there will be no need for a Pride Parade.

Jenna Talackova, Transgender Beauty Queen, Says She's Made A Reality Show

CP | Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.02.2013 | Canada TV

Jenna Talackova made a worldwide splash in the surreal world of beauty pageants in 2012, but next year the gender equality crusader says it's back to ...

What I Learned at the Rocky Horror Picture Show

Natalie Karneef | Posted 02.20.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Karneef

After a four-hour trek through downtown to find coloured fishnet stockings, a garter, and plastic water pistols in an outfit that reveals more skin than I do at the doctor's office, we are on our way to the Late Night Double Feature Picture Show. I begin to get very nervous when remember that I am not wearing pants.

Beauty Queen Fights Mentally Ill Label

The Huffington Post B.C. | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 10.14.2012 | Canada British Columbia

Jenna Talackova, the transgender beauty queen famous for fighting for her right to compete in Miss Universe Canada, has picked a new battle with the W...

New Policy Give Guidelines For Transgender Students, Teachers In Toronto Schools

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.04.2012 | Canada Impact

TORONTO - Transgender students in Toronto schools must be accommodated according to their own stated gender preference and do not need to produce offi...

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...

Danielle Smith and the Trouble with Trans Medicine in Alberta

Valerie Keefe | Posted 08.26.2012 | Canada Politics
Valerie Keefe

Danielle Smith came out against Alberta Health Insurance funding genital reconstruction surgery. She said it was because she didn't want vital resources spent on elective medicine when there was important care to be paid for. But currently, a trans person expressing a need for hormone replacement therapy, has a very long -- and difficult -- road ahead of them.

He, She, It -- Does It Really Matter What our Gender is on Passports?

Aviva Rubin | Posted 07.16.2012 | Canada
Aviva Rubin

Passport Canada is looking into policy changes to the gender requirement on passport, and introducing a "genderless" passport for transgendered peoples. But the question isn't whether we should introduce a third "gender" to passport policies, but rather, should there be gender at all on passports?

What We Learned From the Amp Radio Breast Implant Contest

Jarrah Hodge | Posted 09.20.2011 | Canada
Jarrah Hodge

Many contestants in AMP Radio's "Breast Summer Ever" contest challenged the idea that cosmetic breast surgery is always something women to do conform to a beauty ideal and please men. Maybe the contestant who most challenged that idea was the eventual winner, Avery -- a trans woman.