Canada Transgender

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

Woo!

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?

Stop Excluding Trans Survivors From Discussions Of Sexual Violence

femifesto | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Living
femifesto

"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.

Joshua Ostroff

Whatever Happened To Gender-Neutral Baby Storm?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Parents

"When people asked you if I am a boy or a girl, you said, 'I can't tell you that, only Storm will be able to tell you that some day.'"

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.

Yes, I'm A Gay Man Who Breastfeeds. So What?

Trevor MacDonald | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Parents
Trevor MacDonald

From the baby's perspective, breastfeeding is breastfeeding. When my son was born, he didn't care that he had a transgender dad, but he sure wanted to nurse! He knew what he needed then, and he still does.

Canada Is Finally Moving Forward On Trans Rights

Sandeep Prasad | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Sandeep Prasad

The gender identity and expression bill is long overdue, with similar bills having already been introduced seven times before. But what makes this a cause for celebration is that for the first time, it's the government who is tabling the bill. Unlike previous private members' bills, this one is much more likely to pass. This bill would go a long way toward equal protections for all trans people across Canada, and could be a promising example to follow for provinces and territories who haven't yet adopted similar protections.

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.

Ottawa Tween Knows Importance Of Protecting Transgender People

The Huffington Post Canada | Kaylee Lambert | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Parents

"What I want in the world is justice. I want justice and peace."

Ottawa To Make It Easier To Change SIN Sex Designation

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Politics

A spokesman said the department doesn't know how many people ask for a change in the sex designation annually.

Alberta's LGBTQ Students Have The Right To Own Their Narrative

Robbie Kreger-Smith | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Robbie Kreger-Smith

Today in Alberta there is a debate about parental rights v. the rights of LGBTQ kids. It centres around the obligation of a school teacher to whom a student discloses their orientation or gender identity to tell that student's parents. I was fortunate that my parents were supportive and understanding. Not all kids are so fortunate.

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.

First Transgender Politician Elected In The Philippines

The Huffington Post Canada | Chloe Tejada | Posted 05.10.2016 | Canada Living

Major fist pump!

Springsteen Cancels North Carolina Concert Over Anti-LGBT Law

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Living

"Some things are more important than a rock show."

Why Does My Daughter Want To Be A Boy?

The Huffington Post Canada | Alyson Schafer | Posted 04.07.2016 | Canada Parents

Defining our gender is a fluid, non-linear process that has some important developmental milestone years.