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Dented Blue Mercedes

Mercedes Allen is a graphic designer and advocate for transsexual and transgender communities in Alberta. She writes on equality, human rights, LGBT and sexual minority issues in Canada, and the cross-border pollination of far-right spin. She blogs at <a href="http://dentedbluemercedes.wordpress.com/"=target"_blank">Dented Blue Mercedes</a> and operates a trans information website at http://www.albertatrans.org/
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes December 6
Photo: wiredforlego​/Flickr
Mercedes Allen | By telling their stories and asserting themselves as authorities on their own experiences, trans* people have already changed the debate. As a result, opponents have weaponized free speech.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes December 4
Photo: Adobe Stock, with modification by author
Mercedes Allen | There's a duplicitous game of sleight-of-hand that is taking place in discussions about freedom of speech in academia and the public square.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes May 31
Mercedes Allen | How the controversy surrounding the song "Walk on the Wild Side" reflects the changes that take place as a social movement -- in this case, trans* activism -- matures.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes October 23
Flickr/Patrick Stahl
Mercedes Allen | A nuanced dissection of UofT professor Jordan Peterson's campaign against trans* people in the name of free speech.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes July 15
Mercedes Allen | Black Lives Matter Toronto's stand brings to mind an odd experience a few years ago, which taught me a lot about the nature of the interplay between authorities and marginalized, policed communities.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes June 23
Image: Flickr/Judit Klein
Mercedes Allen | Oh, you don't have to literally drop your pants. Canadian Blood Services doesn't actually want to see your junk (I assume) -- they just want to know what's there. Because that's not invasive at all.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes May 4
Photo: Facebook/Raz Dee
Mercedes Allen | Our thoughts are with everyone who has evacuated the region.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes April 20
Mercedes Allen | Everyone's familiar with the old adage, "be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it." Which is why Canadian Evangelical leaders might do well to remember Indiana.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes February 26
Mercedes Allen | Canada's trans* human rights bill C-279 was amended by a Senate committee, in a way that makes it legal to ban trans* people from washrooms and gendered spaces.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes January 4
Mercedes Allen | What a 17-year-old trans* Ohio teenager's suicide says about the debate over LGBT-inclusive education and GSAs in Canada.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes December 4
Image: Flickr/jglsongs
Mercedes Allen | Alberta's Bill 10 demonstrates why you can't try to balance human rights classes using legislation.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes November 2
Mercedes Allen | Believing women is the first part of the discussion about Jian Ghomeshi. If you believe women, then you must also take a harder look at gender, power exchange and entitlement.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes October 29
Mercedes Allen | Peter LaBarbera returns to Canada, and his copy of Sodom, the Russian anti-LGBT documentary, is seized. I review it, and yes, it is triggery.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes August 4
Photo: Adrian Clark/flickr
Mercedes Allen | The experiences of trans* people in Alberta with conscience-based medical exemptions provide insight for a conscience policy review in Ontario.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes June 11
Mercedes Allen | Anti-prostitution Bill C-36 explicitly puts sex work on the same footing as human trafficking and conflates the two in law. There are serious issues with doing so.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes June 10
Photo: flickr/Kaytee Riek
Mercedes Allen | Concerned about the five primary provisions of anti-prostitution Bill C-36? Here's an overview of the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes June 9
Photo: flickr/Antonella Beccaria
Mercedes Allen | The vague nature of "sexual services," the Internet as a "public place" and other aspects raise questions about anti-prostitution Bill C-36. Could it ban porn?
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes April 3
Mercedes Allen | What's more jaw-dropping is the Harper government's position: that it was important to end impartial voter drives in favour of clearly partisan ones.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes March 13
Image: Wikimedia Commons
Mercedes Allen | An open response to the Department of Justice Public Consultation on sex work, which closes March 17, 2014.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes March 7
Mercedes Allen | Treatment of trans people (particularly trans women) in detention facilities has come under examination recently. There's a solution, it's just a question of whether there is the will to examine it.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes March 6
Mercedes Allen | Some important distinctions about the divisions among the left and among womens' rights groups over sex work
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes December 20
Mercedes Allen | Uganda has passed its Anti-Homosexuality Bill. It now goes to Ugandan President Yowari Museveni, for a signature.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes December 16
Mercedes Allen | In the early morning hours of November 24th, the body of a possibly trans person was found in Edmonton, Alberta.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes December 2
Mercedes Allen | A collection of thoughts on how to heal the old wounds that exist between trans and womens' movements.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes October 24
Mercedes Allen | A sensational story is circulating about girls being harassed by a trans youth in the washroom of a Colorado-area school. Except it isn't true.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes October 9
Mercedes Allen | Three months from the day that my partner and I were first evacuated due to flooding, we were leaving High River.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes August 13
Photo: wikipedia commons
Mercedes Allen | When R.E.A.L. Women of Canada's Gwen Landolt condemned support for LGBT human rights in Russia and Uganda, she exposed the truth about far right attitudes
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes July 26
Mercedes Allen | Conservative MP Joy Smith has promised to push PM Harper to implement a national opt-in requirement on porn, but the idea is fraught with problems and consequences.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes June 12
Mercedes Allen | The Nova Scotia government has promised to extend health care funding coverage for gender reassignment surgery.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes June 11
Mercedes Allen | A primer on trans(gender) youth, and understanding why and how young people transition.

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