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Race matters: In anti-gay protests, gay bashings, and suicides

People of colour have been missing from the conversation about attacks on the LGBTQ community. A conversation on CBC's The National was a case in point. It promoted the view that to be LGBTQ meant to be white.

Canadian news media have provided heart-wrenching accounts of the string of suicides and homophobia-fuelled violence that has occurred recently in the United States. The coverage has made clear the deep-seated hatred and violence that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people (LGBTQ) are subjected to on a daily basis, just for being who they are.


Jim Prentice
| December 8, 2014
The Swan Song

The bullied

September 28, 2014
| One girl discusses the anguish she experienced at the hands of her school-yard tormentors and the emotional trauma that resulted.
Length: 25:22 minutes (23.24 MB)
| February 5, 2014
Photo: flickr/Jason Verwey
| January 8, 2014

Stand Up Against Fat Hate

"You absolutely do NOT have to put up with a partner who makes negative comments about your size, a mother who encourages you to diet, or friends who make you feel bad about your body because they are not comfortable with theirs."



Shipyard workers walk out after suicide death, allege employer bullying

Photo: John Douglas/One Tree Hill Studios/flickr

Over 200 shipyard employees in Halifax walked off the job yesterday to protest alleged bullying by their employer. 

CBC news reported that the workers at Irving Shipyards decided to protest after the suicide of a suspended worker earlier in the week. The deceased, who has not been named, was suspended after a disagreement over how to build staging. Some of the workers believe the suspension may be connected with the worker's decision to commit suicide.


November 20, 2013 |
November 18-22, 2013 marks Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week. A safe learning environment is extremely important to every student, parent and educational worker.

From bullying to corruption: Two diseases afflicting Canadian society

Image: Jared Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: John Steven Fernandez, cleanz

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Two diseases seem to be gradually worsening in Canadian society: bullying and corruption.

Both can be interrelated and seem to afflict our children in schools and our politicians in the public arena, respectively.

Sometimes one disease is a simple continuation of the other, sometimes they are totally separate, but both diseases are nevertheless extremely dangerous.

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