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Not Rex: Voting options for LGBT Canadians

Just Love - Fredericton Pride, 2010. Photo: bbernd/Flickr
Shawn Syms asks who would offer more: a cacophonous cabal of kookily choreographed marauders, or the Harper government?

Related rabble.ca story:

Remember queer youth when casting your school trustee votes

In the wake of the recent wave of queer teen suicides due to homophobic bullying, it would be a mistake for Ontario voters to trivialize the Oct. 25 province-wide municipal election of our school trustees. School trustees are also elected in four other provinces across Canada over the next few weeks. If education is a great equalizer in our society, many schools are still not doing enough to provide equal access of education for our LGBTQ students.

Too often, we tend to merely pay attention to LGBTQ students when one of them commits suicide. Last month, we witnessed a string of queer-related teen suicides across the U.S., with one of the victims being an eighth-grader who killed himself in Texas because he was "bullied to death" for being gay, according to his family.


Lesbian teen accepts settlement after being denied prom date

July 20, 2010


ABERDEEN, MS - Itawamba County School District officials agreed to have a judgment entered against them in the case of a recent high school graduate who sued her school for canceling the prom rather than let her attend with her girlfriend. The agreement ends a precedent-setting lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of 18-year-old Constance McMillen, who suffered humiliation and harassment after parents, students and school officials executed a cruel plan to put on a "decoy" prom for her while the rest of her classmates were at a private prom 30 miles away.


Toronto Queer Arts Festival

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 9:00am - Friday, August 15, 2014 - 6:00am


Queer West
Toronto, ON
43° 39' 11.6136" N, 79° 22' 59.4624" W

Every summer in August, Queer West  Arts Centre, celebrates its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender artistic community with the Queer Arts Festival -- a week-long event that includes a film festival, spoken word events, concerts, art gallery tours by bicycle and more.

Take in art that challenges and explores the concept of sexuality. 

Toronto Pride Parade

Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 2:00pm


Bloor & Church
Toronto, ON
43° 40' 12.1764" N, 79° 23' 16.0728" W

At the heart of Toronto's Pride Week stand the members of our LGBTTIQQ2SA communities.

Each year the collective creativity, talents and energy of these communities come together to wow the world. This is YOUR chance to gather a group together and show your Pride. This year's theme is "Celebrate & Demonstrate."

Celebrate diversity and create an inclusive environment for all.


Welcome to Queerberta

Queering the Way: The Loud & Queer Anthology

by Darrin Hagen
(Brindle & Glass,

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radio book lounge

Episode 38: Darrin Hagen recaps 20 years of Edmonton's queer history

June 15, 2012
| Kaitlin McNabb interviews author and playwright Darrin Hagen on 20 years of Edmonton's queer history and the power of storytelling.
Length: 39:11

The Femme Monologues: Documenting queer/femme/feminist history

The Femme Monologues

by Marusya Bociurkiw, graphics by Terri Roberton

Ellie Gordon-Moershel interviews Marusya Bociurkiw and Terri Roberton about collaborating on their new graphic memoir series, The Femme Monologues. Written by Bociurkiw with graphics by Roberton, the series appears monthly in Xtra! Toronto and in Capital Xtra! (Ottawa).



Introduction to LGBTQ health for service providers

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 12:00am - 12:00pm


East Mississauga Community Health Centre
2555 Dixie Road, Unit 7
Mississauga L4Y4C4
Phone: 905 602 4082 x 2 OR x 4
43° 36' 30.87" N, 79° 34' 57.0108" W


Cost: $15
Refreshments provided. Accessible space.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people have many of the same health concerns as anyone else, but cultural differences and the impact of homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia mean that these health needs may be experienced quite differently. LGBTQ people also do not have the same access to health care that many others take for granted, as they often face barriers when attempting to access health care.

This session is aimed for Service Providers: Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Social Workers and Frontline Staff.


Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride

March 3, 2011
| Redeye caught up with director Bob Christie and producer Morris Chapdelaine and talked with them about their film, which follows the director of Vancouver's Pride Parade around the world.
Length: 13:49
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