Canada, North America

Canada is the world's second largest country by total area and shares land borders with the United States to the south and northwest. In Canada, the LGBT community now enjoys the same rights and freedoms as any other group. It has provided more legal rights for LGBT people than many other liberal nations, including the United States. In December 2004, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the federal government has the exclusive authority to define marriage and that same-sex marriage was constitutional. As of 2005, all provinces (except Alberta) and territories had included "sexual orientation" in their human rights laws. In 2006, the International Conference on LGBT Human Rights was held in Montreal, culminating with the issuance of the Declaration of Montreal. For more: Wikipedia Gay rights in Canada

 

News & Reports:

 

The first openly transgender mayor has been elected in Canada

An openly transgender woman has just become the first mayor to be elected in Canada. Julie Lemieux is also the first female mayor in Montreal town Très-Saint-Rédempteur’s 136-year history. ? Many supporters of the new mayor have said they did not think about the fact that Lemieux was transgender when voting for her. According to… Read more »

Canada Can Push LGBTQ Agenda In Asia

LGBTQ movements are gaining strength and prominence across Asia providing Canada with significant opportunities to be a leader for change, says a new report on Canada’s support of gay community activism in the region. The Canadian government has already taken steps on this front, announcing in June 2017 that Canada would co-chair the Equal Rights… Read more »

Canada quietly accepts gay refugees escaping violent crackdown in Chechnya

Canada has quietly accepted 22 gay men and women from Chechnya since the end of June, amid a crackdown on the LGBT community in the conservative Muslim region. Rainbow Railroad, a Toronto-based non-profit organization that helps gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people escape from state-sponsored violence, revealed the clandestine initiative, which involved the Canadian government,… Read more »

World pole vaulting champion comes out as gay

The world pole vault champion has come out as gay. Shawn Barber, 22, is a Canadian track and field athlete and currently reigning world champion in pole vault. The athlete opened up in a post on Facebook, with little fanfare around the news. He wrote: “Gay and proud! Thank you to my parents for being… Read more »

The UN’s LGBT expert has advocated for a global partnership to end violence

He advocated for unity in his keynote speech at the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) in Bangkok. Vitit Muntarbhorn said: “resolute action is required to stop the violence and discrimination affecting not only LGBT communities but also the human rights defenders working with them… “this goes hand in hand with the… Read more »

Gay dad elected as a bishop in Canadian church

The Anglican Church of Canada has elected a gay father-of-two as a bishop. The third largest Canadian church after the Roman Catholic Church and the United Church of Canada, the Anglican Church is already accepting of same-sex unions and gay clergy. But another barrier was broken this week, when the Diocese of Toronto green lit… Read more »

This Syrian refugee marched next to Canada’s Prime Minister at Pride

A Syrian refugee marched next to Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Toronto Pride. Canadian PM Justin Trudeau made history on Sunday by becoming the first Prime Minister to march in Toronto’s Pride parade, with thousands taking to the streets for the celebrations. However, while lots of people were focused on Mr Trudeau, another man… Read more »

Gay Malaysian student given refugee status in Canada after threats

An out gay Malaysian student has been given refugee status in Canada after receiving threats. Hazim Ismail, who says he is an atheist, was granted leave to stay in Canada by the country’s Immigration and Refugee Board. He had been attacked due to his sexual orientation back in Malaysia The University of Winnipeg student will… Read more »

Justin Trudeau: Canada leader to march in Toronto gay pride

Canada’s Justin Trudeau will become one of the first world leaders to take part in a gay pride march, organisers of the Toronto event have announced. Mr Trudeau will march in the 3 July parade alongside the city’s mayor and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, the first lesbian premier in Canada. The newly elected leader tweeted:… Read more »

Toronto’s gay mecca a refuge for persecuted Iranians

While other Muslims pay homage to the holy city of Mecca, Elina Azari worships Toronto, the gay mecca for queer Iranians. A month ago, the 26-year-old native from Tehran followed the treks of other queer refugees stranded in Turkey and joined the growing Iranian LGBTQ community for a new life in what some of them… Read more »

Two gay Syrian refugees get sanctuary in Canada

Canada: A gay Syrian couple seeking refuge from discrimination and war in their hometown are now able to live in Canada after local sponsors and supporters intervened on their behalf “I want to ride a roller coaster for the first time,” Danny Ramadan told cbc.ca. “I would also like to give back to the community… Read more »

Gay Syrian refugees start new lives in Vancouver

Same-sex couple among the first of 1,300 refugees Canada promised to bring in by end of 2014 Two gay Syrian refugees are enjoying their first full day in Canada Wednesday, thanks to the efforts of local sponsors and supporters. “I want to ride a roller coaster for the first time,” says Danny Ramadan. “I would… Read more »

Association between Childhood Physical Abuse, Unprotected Receptive Anal Intercourse and HIV Infection among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men in Vancouver, Canada.

Abstract Introduction: The association between childhood sexual abuse and HIV risk among men who have sex with men (MSM) is well established. However, no studies have examined the potential impact of other forms of childhood maltreatment on HIV incidence in this population. Methods: We explored the impact of child physical abuse (CPA) on HIV seroconversion… Read more »

Canada: A safer haven for LGBT refugees

As the WorldPride festival hits Toronto, a look at LGBT refugees and their struggle for security inside Canada’s borders More than 75 countries have outlawed homosexuality and at least five countries have laws that allow homosexual acts to be punished by death. Because of the physical and emotional abuse that some people who identify as… Read more »

Ant-gay Pakistan gets its first LGBTI themed book for children

Canada – A Toronto-based Pakistani author has written an LGBTI themed book for children in the hope that it will teach tolerance and further equality in Pakistan where same-sex relations are illegal. The book “My Chacha is gay” is billed as the first ever resource designed to teach Pakistani young people about different family arrangements.… Read more »

World’s first lesbian head of government to headline WorldPride summit

LGBTI rights leaders from around the world to speak at event as part of Toronto’s WorldPride celebrations in 2014 The event, organized as part of the WorldPride celebrations, which next year are in Toronto, Canada, will see presenters from 60 countries. International LGBTI activists will debate human rights around the world at the event from… Read more »

Gay Russian man seeks refugee status in Vancouver

Maxim Zhuravlev says stay at Vancouver homeless shelter safer than life in Russia A gay refugee claimant living in Vancouver says he fled to Canada from his native Russia to escape being persecuted for his sexual orientation. Maxim Zhuravlev is staying at a homeless shelter in downtown Vancouver, but says the conditions are far safer… Read more »

Video: Montreal a human rights ‘hot spot’

  Montreal – There are no gays in Yemen. That’s the Middle Eastern republic’s official position on homosexuality. But in the event that a person is caught committing a homosexual act in one of Yemen’s southeastern provinces, two kinds of punishment are meted out: flogging and death. In the face of the country’s profoundly homophobic… Read more »

Ontario Gets First Female and Openly Gay Premier

(AP) Canada’s most populous province is getting its first female premier and the country’s first openly gay premier after the provincial Liberals chose a new leader. Former education minister Kathleen Wynne won the party’s leadership race Saturday. Wynne is making history as Canada’s first openly gay premier, a subject she confronted head-on in a speech… Read more »

Ugandan parliamentary speaker blasts Canada over gay rights criticism

The Speaker of Uganda’s Parliament claims that Canada has refused to grant visas for several of the country’s politicians due to its ban on same-sex marriage. According to the Daily Trust, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga made the statement on Tuesday as an international summit took place in Quebec. She reportedly said most of her colleagues who… Read more »

Lesbian doctor is first openly gay president of the Canadian Medical Association

The Canadian Medical Association has its first openly gay president. Anna Reid MD officially became the president of the CMA at their national convention in Yellowknife, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, where she works as an emergency room doctor. The body has 76,000 members, and installed Doctor Reid as their president earlier this month. She will… Read more »

Pressure grows to improve human rights for transgender people in Newfoundland

St. John’s, N.L. – As Newfoundland and Labrador celebrates its gay pride week, pressure is growing on the province to improve human rights protections for the transgender community, one of society’s most marginalized and vulnerable groups. The NDP has called on the Progressive Conservative government to add gender identity as a prohibited ground of discrimination… Read more »

Toronto unveils rainbow cabs to woo gay Londoners for WorldPride 2014

Pride Toronto has unveiled a new taxi advertising campaign to promote the host city of WorldPride 2014 to gay Londoners, as the latter city handed over the mantle this weekend. Toronto beat Stockholm to host WorldPride after winning the majority vote from leaders of gay and lesbian organisations around the globe. As WorldPride celebrations in… Read more »

Iranian Queers March in Toronto Pride Parade for Those Who Can Not in Iran

A group of Iranian queers in Toronto decided to march in Toronto Pride Parade 2012 (Today, July 1st), to show their existence and promote Iranian Queer Human Rights Cause. Last year, IRQR officially registered the first Iranian contingent at Pride Parade 2011 and won the Best Entry Award of ‘Dream Big’ Theme by Pride Toronto… Read more »

Ontario passes pro-gay anti-bullying bill despite opposition from Catholic Church

The Canadian province of Ontario has passed a wide-ranging anti-bullying bill which mandates that students be allowed to form Gay-Straight Alliances in schools, including those run by the Catholic Church. The state’s legislature passed Bill 13 easily by a 65 to 36 majority, and the Education Minister, Laurel Broten, said that it is expected to… Read more »

Halifax gay rights activist beaten to death outside bar

A well-known gay rights activist in Halifax is dead after being beaten as he was leaving a popular gay bar Monday night. Raymond Taavel intervened when a man he was with began arguing with another man, who was yelling at the pair as they left Menz Bar. Witnesses said the man was yelling homophobic slurs.… Read more »

Coming out to family could help, prof says

In high school, Darren Ho recalls boys writing, “Darren’s so gay” in his notebook or calling him girly. A shy kid who didn’t like standing out, Ho kept mostly to himself. Now a 23-year-old linguistics major at Simon Fraser University, Ho says he couldn’t talk to his parents about what was going on in school… Read more »

Toronto Welcomes Forteen Iranian Gay Refugees from Turkey

Dear friends, IRQR would like to thank all of you for your dedication and support to our cause. Without your help it would not be possible to accomplish the work we do. We are pleased to announce that fourteen of our members who have fled Iran to Turkey have been granted refugee status by the… Read more »

Gay South Korean finds peaceful refuge in Canada

Kim Kyung-hwan arrived in Canada in June 2006 with no clear plans in mind. “I really just needed some time to think and decide what to do. I knew that if I went home I would have to go to jail,” Kyung-hwan, 30, told the Star. Kyung-hwan objected to the 21 months of compulsory military… Read more »

Gay S. Korean conscript wins refugee status in Canada

Seoul (Yonhap) – Canada awarded a South Korean man refugee status after he objected to the mandatory military service in his home country for being a pacifist and a homosexual, a local human rights group said Thursday. The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) granted the status in July 2009 to Kim Kyung-hwan, 31,… Read more »

Gay Canada News & Reports 2010-11

1 Gay Muslim scholar tries to shift attitudes through research, education 1/10 2 ‘I’m a pariah’ says Muslim scholar who is gay 01/10 3 Iranian railroad assists queers acclimatize to Toronto 12/10 4 Gay love on the rez 1/11 4a Gay immigrants rejected by gays and straights 3/11 5 PFLAG reaches out to gay youth… Read more »

Gay Canada News & Reports 2008

1 Legal limbo for Canada’s gay refugees 2/08 2 "Ex-gay" adverts forced off the air in Canada 3/08 3 Canadian Study Finds Sexual Orientation Affects Healthcare Use 3/08 3a Last refugee bid refused to gay Malaysian 3/08 4 Gay Sikhs: ‘You’re not alone’ 4/08 5 Jamaica boycott called off 5/08 6 Halifax gay-friendly destination 6/08… Read more »

Gay Canada News & Reports 2000-02

Note: some of these stories focus on the historic debate about legitimizing gay marriage in Canada. The debate virtually ended on June 17, 2003 when the Canadian cabinet approved national policy for marriage to gay and lesbian couples. See #0 below. 0 Canadian cabinet approves national policy for marriage to gay couples 6/03 1 Government… Read more »

Gay Canada News & Reports 2003-05

1 Canadian cabinet approves national policy for marriage to gay couples 6/03 2 Let gays marry now, court says 6/03 3 Toronto Sees Pink Gold In Gay Weddings As Americans Look North 6/03 4 Fifty-four Newlyweds lead Toronto’s Pride Parade 6/03 5 Canada gives gays hope for change 6/03 6 Toronto–North America’s gay-pride capital 6/03… Read more »

Gay Canada News & Reports 2006

1 First Canadian Gay Library at University of Western Ontario 2/06 2 Swimming Olympian Tewksbury reveals his struggles being gay in new book 4/06 3 Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers to tie the knot 5/06 4 An Iranian Gay Activist’s-Arsham Parsi-Moving Plea 6/06 4a Iran’s Gay Refugees Find a Safe Haven in Canada 5 Fearless… Read more »

Gay Canada News & Reports 2007

1 Canadian boy has two mommies – and a dad 1/07 2 The Canadian Press: Vancouver Gay Bookstore Loses Supreme Court Appeal 1/07 3 Siksay claims victory on Canadian recognition of gay and lesbian marriages 1/07 4 Gay refugee claimant fights deportation order 2/07 5 Queers left in shadows at Toronto gay conference on Iran… Read more »

Gay Canada News & Reports 2009

1 Activist’s ‘railroad’ helps gay Iranians 1/09 2 Following the Queer Railroad to Canada 2/09 3 Minister backs refugee status for gay Iranians 2/09 4 Future of gay rights rests with youth 3/09 5 Vancouverite launches Q Hall of Fame 9/09 6 Exploring Toronto 9/09 7 Toronto to host World Pride 2014 10/09 8 HIV… Read more »