Canada Transgender

Affirming Transgender Persons Is a Catholic Value

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 10.10.2015 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

Recently, a parochial vicar in Edmonton added to the debate on an issue as trivial as the use of washroom facilities by a transgender student in an elementary Catholic school. In his seven-point missive, he seemed to justify the use of the words "mental illness" and "disorder" used by the Catholic authorities for transgender persons -- the parochial vicar can only speak for himself.

U of T Decreases Gender-Neutral Bathrooms After Voyeurism Reports

The Huffington Post Canada | Jessica Chin | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Living

Two women reported seeing someone reach a cellphone over while they were in the shower.

As a Muslim, I Believe There Is No Room for Transphobia in Islam

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

Both conservative Muslims and Catholics talk of mercy and compassion, but it seems they draw the limits at LGBT persons. While they have been able to get past difficult texts on slavery and concubinage, they have not been as successful on texts that are used to repress sexual minorities. Given the Prophet's teaching of "doing no harm and accepting no harm," it is clear that any Muslim position in Canada should not be based on the fear-mongering of transphobic "Muslim" and "Christian" groups. Indeed, justifying one's transphobia under the guise of religious freedom is unconscionable.

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.

Transgender Students Have 'Mental Disorder,' School Trustee Says

CBC | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Alberta

An Edmonton Catholic School Board trustee says transgender students should be considered as having a mental illness. "I see that as a mental disorde...

This Muslim Principal Could Use an Islamic Sex Ed Course

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

Farrah Marfatia, principal of the Maingate Islamic Academy in Mississauga, has written a guide, "How to talk to your Muslim child about topics in the Ontario Ministry of Education's Health Education Curriculum, 2015." She believes that from her "Islamic" perspective the curriculum is not age appropriate and is concerned about "how" she would teach it to her own children.

H&M's & Other Stories Launches All-Transgender Campaign

The Huffington Post Canada | Madelyn Chung | Posted 08.14.2015 | Canada Style

This is a gamechanger.

Can Fashion Truly Say 'I Am Cait'?

The Huffington Post Canada | Philip Mak | Posted 08.14.2015 | Canada Style

What happens in the fashion world after "I am Cait"?

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.

Saint John Transgender Woman Fights To Change Birth Certificate

CBC | Posted 07.28.2015 | Canada

A Saint John transgender woman is preparing to file a complaint to the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission to change the gender on her birth cer...

The Privacy of Transitioning Individuals' Health Records Could Be at Risk

Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Living
Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd

This month, as Toronto plays host to one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world, it's worth reflecting on the long way Canada's LGBT community appears to have come in terms of advancing their legal rights.

Speech Therapy Has a Role in Transgender Transition

Jeanette Podolsky | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Living
Jeanette Podolsky

The main goal of speech therapy for a transitioning individual is to alter one's speech to better represent his/her new sense of self. Speech is not something people generally think about, but it can be a significant aspect in defining one's self. Our voice plays a huge role in how we see ourselves and how we present ourselves to others.

28 LGBTQ Canadians To Celebrate As Pride Approaches

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Living

June is the month for Pride, and it's been a landmark one in 2015. Between record-breaking attendance at Winnipeg's parade and petitions for giant ...

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.

What Caitlyn Jenner Teaches Us About Authenticity

Marcia Sirota | Posted 06.03.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Like millions of other people, I've been following the Caitlyn Jenner story over the past several months. What we've been seeing is a person who's lived her entire life with a painful secret. She's saying that at last, she's free to be her authentic self.

'Health Care Is Incredibly Inaccessible For Most Trans People Across The Country'

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Canada's health-care system may be built on the premise of equal access for all, but the transgender community says the provision of service...

Understanding Transgender Pronouns

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Living

Because a person's gender is always valid.

Transgender SFU Students Protest For More Gender-Inclusive Washrooms

CP | Laura Kane, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.20.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Transgender students across Canada are fighting to feel safe using public facilities.

Award Created In Memory Of Slain B.C. Transgender Woman

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada British Columbia

A youth leadership award has been created in honour of January Marie Lapuz, a transgender woman who was killed in New Westminster, B.C. Lapuz, 26, ...

WATCH: His Eight-Year Journey From A Woman To A Man

The Future Starts Here | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Impact

Tiffany’s producer and co-writer Sawyer Steele happens to be transgender. In this episode he joins Tiffany to share his transition story, as well as...

Vancouver Parents Take School Board's Transgender Policy To Court

CBC | Posted 01.10.2015 | Canada British Columbia

A group of parents have a filed a petition in BC Supreme Court seeking to overturn a controversial Vancouver school board policy that provides supp...

B.C. YouTube Star's Transformation From Prince To Princess

The Huffington Post B.C. | Hillary Nguyen-Don | Posted 11.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Most Canadians have never heard of B.C.'s Julie Vu, but to hordes of YouTube fans worldwide, she is Princess Joules, transgender role model and LGBT a...

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 ...