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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)
| December 20, 2013

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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| June 11, 2013

Svend Robinson: Wynne's victory a sign of major progress over past 25 years

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"Is Ontario ready for a gay Premier?"

"Can a gay woman win?"

 Kathleen Wynne's questions to delegates at the Ontario Liberal leadership convention were answered with a resounding "yes," as she went on to become the first openly gay head of a government in Canada.

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NFB documentary looks at refugee experience

From December 7 to December 9, you can watch Paul Émile d’Entremont’s documentary Last Chance for free at the website of the National Film Board of Canada.

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Film review: 'Last chance' looks at refugee claimants fleeing homophobia

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From December 7 to December 9, you can watch Paul Émile d’Entremont’s documentary Last Chance for free at the website of the National Film Board of Canada

Last Chance, an NFB film directed by Paul Emile d'Entremont, views the Canadian Immigration refugee process through the eyes of four LGBT refugee status claimants.

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B.C. to fund phalloplasty surgery for transgender men

The province of B.C.'s Medical Services Plan (MSP) has opted to begin covering phalloplasty, or the surgical creation of a penis, for transgender men.

Dr. Gail Knudson, who is the chief assessor for gender-confirming surgery in the province, made the announcement at the Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health (CPATH) conference in Winnipeg last week.

It will be covered for five people a year, said Ryan Jabs, communications officer at B.C.'s Ministry of Health.

It's something transgender people and CPATH have been working to have covered for some time.

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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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A look at Pride across Canada: Today is Vancouver's parade and celebration

Today's Vancouver Pride Parade is expected to draw over half a million people to downtown Vancouver. Organizing Pride in smaller towns is a different experience.

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