Canada Transgender

Acknowledging Vulnerabilities Can Help Empower Women

Kevin Elliott | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Kevin Elliott

Trish Kelly, a prominent member of Vancouver activism and a self-described sex-positive" and "queer" resigned her nomination as a candidate for park board in the city's upcoming municipal election, because of the surfacing of a humorous and risqué Fringe Festival video she made about masturbation from way back in 2006. As a male, I struggle with the guilt that something like that would not be nearly as damaging to my public figure.

Bike Shop Serves Only Ciswomen And Trans Customers On Sundays

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Impact

A Toronto DIY bicycle shop offers its services to ciswomen and trans customers only on Sundays, excluding other patrons, to create a safe space. ...

What's So Funny About Being Trans?

CBC | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada TV

A Vancouver production company are celebrating after their transgender comedy TV show — The Switch — met its initial crowdfunding goal over the we...

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...

Controversial Transgender Policy Coming To Vancouver Schools

CBC | Posted 08.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Vancouver School Board trustees have adopted a controversial update to school policy that will provide supports for transgender students. After a l...

Bid To Make Transgender Discrimination A Hate Crime Fails

CBC | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Politics

The House of Commons justice committee voted Tuesday against an amendment to Bill C-13, the so-called cyberbullying bill, that would have made discrim...

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.

Transgender Woman's Blood Donation Turned Away

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 05.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A Vancouver woman was shocked when Canadian Blood Services (CBS) turned her away from donating blood because she is transgender. Clayre Sessoms say...

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...

Explaining My Gender to a Calgary Talk Radio Station

Rae Spoon | Posted 06.04.2014 | 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 05.04.2014 | 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 07.29.2014 | 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.