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Dented Blue Mercedes

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 http://www.albertatrans.org/

Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes December 21
Mercedes Allen | The "gender critical debate" is designed to disallow any conclusion that trans people exist, let alone that they should have rights or be accommodated in society in any way.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes November 22
Image: Adobe Stock
Mercedes Allen | Alberta's conscience rights in health care -- Bill 207 -- not only codifies a problematic exemption in law, it widens those powers considerably. Here are what problems can arise.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes August 2
Image: Screenshots/Mercedes Allen, waxing tools/Adobe Stock, with composition by Mercedes Allen
Mercedes Allen | Trans human rights protections were never meant to be used to force cis women to touch a penis that they did not consent to. But here's the secret: they don't.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes July 17
Screen capture, launch of the Commission on Unalienable Rights
Mercedes Allen | The U.S. State Department's Commission on Unalienable Rights poses concerns for LGBTQ+ rights, reproductive and sex-based rights, the rights of migrants, and more.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes May 11
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Mercedes Allen | When Ontario MPP Sam Oosterhoff pledges to make abortion "unthinkable in our lifetime," it's helpful to look at religious conservative media for clues as to what he might mean.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes March 25
Premier Rachel Notley announces a Made-in-Alberta energy strategy in February 2019. Photo: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta/Flickr
Mercedes Allen | Albertans looked to Rachel Notley to lead them through a transition, and somewhere along the way, industry convinced the government and the public alike that the transition needed was a pipeline.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes September 18
Mercedes Allen | The American Academy of Pediatrics released a policy statement affirming support for transgender and gender-diverse youth and emphasizing the need for their acceptance.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes December 6
Photo: wiredforlego​/Flickr
Mercedes Allen | By telling their stories and asserting themselves as authorities on their own experiences, trans* people have already changed the debate. As a result, opponents have weaponized free speech.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes December 4
Photo: Adobe Stock, with modification by author
Mercedes Allen | There's a duplicitous game of sleight-of-hand that is taking place in discussions about freedom of speech in academia and the public square.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes May 31
Mercedes Allen | How the controversy surrounding the song "Walk on the Wild Side" reflects the changes that take place as a social movement -- in this case, trans* activism -- matures.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes October 23
Flickr/Patrick Stahl
Mercedes Allen | A nuanced dissection of UofT professor Jordan Peterson's campaign against trans* people in the name of free speech.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes July 15
Mercedes Allen | Black Lives Matter Toronto's stand brings to mind an odd experience a few years ago, which taught me a lot about the nature of the interplay between authorities and marginalized, policed communities.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes June 23
Image: Flickr/Judit Klein
Mercedes Allen | Oh, you don't have to literally drop your pants. Canadian Blood Services doesn't actually want to see your junk (I assume) -- they just want to know what's there. Because that's not invasive at all.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes May 4
Photo: Facebook/Raz Dee
Mercedes Allen | Our thoughts are with everyone who has evacuated the region.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes April 20
Mercedes Allen | Everyone's familiar with the old adage, "be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it." Which is why Canadian Evangelical leaders might do well to remember Indiana.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes February 26
Mercedes Allen | Canada's trans human rights bill C-279 was amended by a Senate committee, in a way that makes it legal to ban trans people from washrooms and gendered spaces.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes January 4
Mercedes Allen | What a 17-year-old trans* Ohio teenager's suicide says about the debate over LGBT-inclusive education and GSAs in Canada.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes December 4
Image: Flickr/jglsongs
Mercedes Allen | Alberta's Bill 10 demonstrates why you can't try to balance human rights classes using legislation.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes November 2
Mercedes Allen | Believing women is the first part of the discussion about Jian Ghomeshi. If you believe women, then you must also take a harder look at gender, power exchange and entitlement.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes October 29
Mercedes Allen | Peter LaBarbera returns to Canada, and his copy of Sodom, the Russian anti-LGBT documentary, is seized. I review it, and yes, it is triggery.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes August 4
Photo: Adrian Clark/flickr
Mercedes Allen | The experiences of trans* people in Alberta with conscience-based medical exemptions provide insight for a conscience policy review in Ontario.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes June 11
Mercedes Allen | Anti-prostitution Bill C-36 explicitly puts sex work on the same footing as human trafficking and conflates the two in law. There are serious issues with doing so.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes June 10
Photo: flickr/Kaytee Riek
Mercedes Allen | Concerned about the five primary provisions of anti-prostitution Bill C-36? Here's an overview of the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes June 9
Photo: flickr/Antonella Beccaria
Mercedes Allen | The vague nature of "sexual services," the Internet as a "public place" and other aspects raise questions about anti-prostitution Bill C-36. Could it ban porn?
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes April 3
Mercedes Allen | What's more jaw-dropping is the Harper government's position: that it was important to end impartial voter drives in favour of clearly partisan ones.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes March 13
Image: Wikimedia Commons
Mercedes Allen | An open response to the Department of Justice Public Consultation on sex work, which closes March 17, 2014.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes March 7
Mercedes Allen | Treatment of trans people (particularly trans women) in detention facilities has come under examination recently. There's a solution, it's just a question of whether there is the will to examine it.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes March 6
Mercedes Allen | Some important distinctions about the divisions among the left and among womens' rights groups over sex work
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes December 20
Mercedes Allen | Uganda has passed its Anti-Homosexuality Bill. It now goes to Ugandan President Yowari Museveni, for a signature.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes December 16
Mercedes Allen | In the early morning hours of November 24th, the body of a possibly trans person was found in Edmonton, Alberta.