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Suicide Prevention Day: Social inequality and budget cuts are a matter of life and death

"Sadly, every person you ask from the Northern Inuit regions knows someone who has killed themselves. I personally have four cousins who have committed suicide. People you know your whole life. You grow and laugh with them and then they are not there anymore because they decide to take their own lives. The numbers are an epidemic, if these numbers existed in southern Canada, it would be a national emergency and there would be measures to address it."  

Sobering comments from Terry Audla, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), the National Inuit Organization in Canada. Audla is the referring to the alarmingly high rates of suicide among Canada's Inuit population, which are 11 times higher than the national average.  

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Edmonton's Pride Parade is the place to be this weekend, even for Premier Alison Redford

Edmonton's Pride Parade. (Photo: DJorgensen / flickr)
Conservative Alberta Premier Alison Redford will participate in Edmonton's Pride Parade on Saturday.

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Sasha: UN decisions perpetuate sexual and gender-based violence

Wow, really? What the fuck was the UN thinking?

This past week a group of Arab and African nations succeeded in getting a resolution that condemns executions based on sexual orientation deleted from a list that includes "killings for racial, national, ethnic, religious or linguistic reasons and killings of refugees, indigenous people and other groups".

In case you're planning a getaway for the holidays and you don't like the idea of supporting a country that actively condones the murder of homosexuals, here is a list of who approved the removal of sexual orientation from the resolution:

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Sasha: Questioning sexual orientation and getting an IUD

Dear Sasha,

I'm a 30 year-old man and I've had a bit of a recurring problem that I first became aware of back in high school. The girl I was in love with at the time asked if I might find men attractive. I think my answer was along the lines of "Well, I could point out which I think are better looking than others, but that doesn't mean I want to make out with him or fuck him".

Africafiles: The Pulse

Fighting for LGBTI rights in Africa

December 23, 2013
| Homosexuality is illegal in 38 African countries, including Cameroon, where an activist was murdered in July. Cameroonian LGBTI rights activist Yves Yomb shares his story.
Length: 16:38 minutes (11.43 MB)
Mercedes Allen

Uganda passes its Anti-Homosexuality Bill

| December 20, 2013
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Do you support calls to relocate the 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia back to Vancouver?

In the wake of global outcry over Russia's contemptible anti-gay legislation, there have been calls made to relocate the 2014 Winter Olympic Games from Sochi, Russia. One petition, supported by actor George Takei, has over 100,000 signatures, and calls for the Olympics to be moved from Russia back to Vancouver, the host city of the 2010 Games.

For background, read former Vancouver City Councillor Ellen Woodsworth's piece on homophobia and the Olympics, and Michael Stewart's critical assessment of Vancouver's Olympic 'legacy.' 

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Russia, homophobia and the Olympics

Russia's anti-gays laws have sparked protests worldwide, like this one in New York City. (Photo: Bosc d'Anjou / flickr)

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MAD Pride Toronto

Monday, July 8, 2013 - 12:00pm - Sunday, July 14, 2013 - 12:00pm

Location

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

A Celebration of Madness from July 8th to July 14th, 2013

Mad Pride is an arts, culture, and heritage festival created by psychiatric survivors, consumers, mad people, and folks the world has labeled “mentally ill”.

Mad Pride is about:
• remembering and participating in mad history
• challenging discrimination
• advocating for rights
• affirming mad identities
• developing and empowering mad communities
• having fun!

Our lives and contributions are valuable and need celebration!

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