Canada Transgender

Dispelling Misconceptions Of What It Means To Be Intersex

Jerry Diakiw | Posted 04.28.2017 | Canada Living
Jerry Diakiw

Back in the 1970s as a vice-principal of a local high school, a grade nine student registered as "male" informed me he was now "female." The gender spectrum at that time was largely an official mystery. She, requested the use of the girl's washroom and I made arrangements to have her use the female staff washroom.

B.C. Green Party Candidate Outed As Transgender On TV

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 04.20.2017 | Canada British Columbia

Nicola Spurling said she wasn't contacted directly for the story.

What Is Transgender, Transsexual And Gender Identity?

The Huffington Post Canada | Kayla Greaves | Posted 04.03.2017 | Canada Living

We need to keep the conversation going.

Trans Man's Photos Show There's No One Way To Look Transgender

The Huffington Post Canada | Chloe Tejada | Posted 03.31.2017 | Canada Living

"Don't judge a book by it's cover."

U.S. School District Bans Book About Boy Who Wears Dresses

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada Parents

Schools received complaints that the book taught children to be transgender. (Sigh.)

Women's Roller Derby Whizzes Past Other Sports In Gender Inclusion

The Huffington Post Canada | Emily McCarty | Posted 03.21.2017 | Canada British Columbia

Roller derby is known for kicking ass, and now it's set an example with its gender inclusion policy. Thousands of members around the world belong ...

Nunavut Protects Trans Rights In Unanimous Vote

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 03.16.2017 | Canada Politics

"Nunavummiut who are transgender have the same right to live a full and productive life as anyone else in the territory, free of discrimination."

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.

Texas Transgender Mayor Is The First In The State's History

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 02.06.2017 | Canada Living

Jess Herbst recently came out to New Hope's residents in an open letter.

First Transgender Model At An Indian Fashion Week Hopes To Inspire Others

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 01.31.2017 | Canada Style

"In South Asian countries people still aren't that accepting, they treat it like an illness."

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.

8-Year-Old Transgender Boy Kicked Out Of Cub Scouts

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 12.29.2016 | Canada Parents

Joe Maldonado was told to leave after parents complained.

Ontario Moves Towards Restitution For LGBTQ2S Communities

Ido Katri | Posted 12.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Ido Katri

The Ontario legislative assembly just unanimously passed The All Families Are Equal Act, a new family law that offers a more inclusive understanding of what makes 'family.' This much-anticipated legal reform marks a leap forward in Ontario's recognition of a broader range of families.

Finding Happiness Through Self-Expression

Lisa Abram | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Abram

I recently read a heart-wrenching essay in The Globe and Mail's Facts and Arguments section. It's about a woman named Sally who is going through a difficult emotional time and questioning the universe while having a spa day. Her turmoil was palpable, her angst was raw, and her self-doubt was heart-wrenching.

My Grandmother Recognized Me As Trans The Day We Said Goodbye

Joshua M. Ferguson | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Living
Joshua M. Ferguson

I am a non-binary trans person. I know that many people do not yet understand what this means. Many people refuse to acknowledge my existence. Being seen as I am by people is a remarkable feeling, and my grandmother gave this gift to me in the most unexpected moment. My grandmother spent her minute of clarity, while suffering in a state of almost perpetual dementia and physical exhaustion, to give me a beautiful gift of cross-generational respect as a trans person. To see me as I am.

We Are Non-Binary Trans People And Yes, We Exist

Joshua M. Ferguson | Posted 10.15.2016 | Canada Living
Joshua M. Ferguson

Trans people are diverse, but we are not all the same. Non-binary trans people have been largely excluded from the discussion about trans people, and this erasure delegitimizes our identity. What troubles me is that some people are acting out dangerous forms of transphobia to erase non-binary trans people.

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.

Sex-Testing Female Athletes Has Nothing To Do With Fairness

Janice Forsyth | Posted 07.26.2016 | Canada Living
Janice Forsyth

The International Olympic Committee has decided that one single determining factor, testosterone, is the latest and greatest marker for determining sex, even though research has shown there is no one single element than can be used to pigeonhole the world into two neat biological categories: male/female. This binary is an easy fiction that obscures the messier and more complicated details of real life.

B.C. Officially Includes Transgender People In Human Rights Code

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.20.2016 | Canada British Columbia


Pakistani Clerics Must Consult With Khawaja Siras Before Issuing Fatwas

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada
Junaid Jahangir

Khawaja Siras is a cultural identity in that may be loosely translated as trans persons. In the aftermath of recent horrific violence faced by the khawaja siras in Pakistan, a group of Sunni clerics issued a (legal opinion) sanctioning their rights including that of marriage. However, by skirting dialogue with the khawaja siras community, the clerics may have failed to maximize their potential.

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?