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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 Dented Blue Mercedes and operates a trans information website at

'Gender Failure' defies gender rules, roles and assumptions

Gender Failure

by Ivan E. Coyote and Rae Spoon
(Arsenal Pulp Press,

"I had no way to talk about gender. I wasn't allowed to express how uncomfortable it was for me. To resist would have put me in danger, so I kept any subversive thoughts covert. As a person who couldn't conform to what was expected of me, I thought I was a failure and kept it to myself..."


Mercedes Allen

'Fair elections' and ending impartial voter drives

| April 3, 2014
Mercedes Allen

Six answers for the public consultation on sex work

| March 13, 2014
Mercedes Allen

On the Detention of Trans People

| March 7, 2014
Mercedes Allen

Across the left divide over sex work.

| March 6, 2014
Mercedes Allen

Uganda passes its Anti-Homosexuality Bill

| December 20, 2013
Mercedes Allen

The difficulties in remembering Rosa

| December 16, 2013
Mercedes Allen

Janice Raymond, and healing old wounds

| December 2, 2013

Memorial draws controversy over invitation of speaker Janice Raymond

Photo: flickr/Kris Krug

On November 30, an event is being held in Vancouver to remember the victims of the 1989 massacre at L’École Polytechnique. The event's purpose is to seek ways to end violence against women. It has attracted some criticism, however, for the inclusion of a lecture by author, activist and professor Janice Raymond.

Raymond is Professor Emerita of Women's Studies and Medical Ethics at the University of Massachusetts, and was a co-executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) and is controversial in both sex work and trans communities.


Mercedes Allen

Trans kids, washrooms and the new harassment

| October 24, 2013
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