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Canadian Métis federation votes for non-binary gender option on citizenship cards in ‘respect of basic human rights’

Canada’s Manitoba Métis Federation has unanimously agreed to introduce a non-binary gender option on its citizenship cards – at no extra cost. Announcing the news on 18 December, Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) president David Chartrand said: “We want our citizens to be themselves and not have to hide or be denied their identity.” “We want… Read more »

Canadian Government Introduces Bill To Ban ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy

The Canadian government on Monday introduced legislation that would ban therapies that attempt to alter the sexual orientation or gender identity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Canadians. Such therapies go by names such as “conversion therapy,” “reparative therapy,” “sexual orientation change efforts” or “ex-gay therapy.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigned on implementing such a… Read more »

Commemorating the Victims of Canada’s ‘Gay Purge’

A national memorial will soon rise to the thousands of people whose careers were ruined because of their sexual orientation. One of the most extraordinary things about the “gay purge” of Canada’s public servants, members of the military and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is that it continued until 1992. That was a quarter-century after… Read more »

UBC exhibit of rare books and artifacts chronicles 100 years of queer history

Items dating back to 19th century reveal stories about homosexuality and key cultural moments A new exhibit of rare books, flyers, postcards and pamphlets on display at UBC Okanagan in Kelowna unveils some unique artifacts of queer history. A Queer Century, first shown at the university’s Vancouver campus, highlights some of the changing perceptions of… Read more »

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson Attends Pride For First Time As An Openly Gay Man

Longtime Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson participated in Pride activities last week for the first time as an openly gay man. Watson, who has served as mayor since 2010 and previously led Ottawa from 1997 to 2000, came out the day before the start of Ottawa’s weeklong LGBT Pride festival in an op-ed published in the… Read more »

School board removes book from libraries in Canada because of LGBTI content

We thought you were better Canada Ottawa’s Catholic School Board has removed a book called Drama from the libraries of its elementary school parents complained about it. Parents were reportedly unhappy with LGBTI content in the book. The award winning graphic novel tells the story of teenager trying to get a role in her high… Read more »

First openly gay man to adopt a child in Canada reveals struggle in memoir

He hopes to encourage more adoptions by telling his tale David McKinstry has released a memoir about his journey to become a father twenty years after he became the first openly gay Canadian man to adopt children. The book charts McKinstry’s, from Peterborough, quest as he battled governments from Canada and abroad in order to… Read more »

Thousands of Canadians rally behind petition to ban ‘conversion therapy’

So-called conversion therapy has been labeled ‘fraudulent’ in other parts of the world Thousands of people signed a petition calling on the government to ban so-called conversion therapy in Canada for LGBTI youth. The petition, signed by 4692 people so far, asks the government to outlaw the practice, citing the harm it can cause to… Read more »

Canada’s Supreme Court Rules That LGBT Rights Come Before Your Religious Beliefs

Canada’s top court has ruled in favour of denying accreditation to a Christian law school that banned students from having gay sex. Friday’s ruling against Trinity Western University in British Columbia (BC) was closely watched by both religious freedom and gay rights advocates. The university made students promise not to have extra-marital or gay sex.… Read more »

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 »

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 »