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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 2
Mercedes Allen | A collection of thoughts on how to heal the old wounds that exist between trans and womens' movements.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes October 24
Mercedes Allen | A sensational story is circulating about girls being harassed by a trans youth in the washroom of a Colorado-area school. Except it isn't true.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes October 9
Mercedes Allen | Three months from the day that my partner and I were first evacuated due to flooding, we were leaving High River.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes August 13
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Mercedes Allen | When R.E.A.L. Women of Canada's Gwen Landolt condemned support for LGBT human rights in Russia and Uganda, she exposed the truth about far right attitudes
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes July 26
Mercedes Allen | Conservative MP Joy Smith has promised to push PM Harper to implement a national opt-in requirement on porn, but the idea is fraught with problems and consequences.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes June 12
Mercedes Allen | The Nova Scotia government has promised to extend health care funding coverage for gender reassignment surgery.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes June 11
Mercedes Allen | A primer on trans(gender) youth, and understanding why and how young people transition.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes June 9
Mercedes Allen | Lateral criminalization still retains the pressure on sex workers to avoid the law and live in marginal circumstances.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes March 27
Mercedes Allen | The growing discontent with the Office of Religious Freedom parallels an increased dissatisfaction among the religious far-right with the Harper government over policy.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes January 3
Mercedes Allen | There are many things I can't claim to speak with authority on, but I can speak to my own reasons for supporting #IdleNoMore, and why the assimilationist perspective fails.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes November 15
Mercedes Allen | John Baird has commendably taken the lead on LGBT human rights in Uganda. But in understanding Uganda's social environment, we realize that forcefulness may actually be harmful.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes November 14
Mercedes Allen | MP and Justice Committee member Brent Rathgeber recently blogged that he opposed the trans human rights bill because he considered the terms undefined.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes October 9
Mercedes Allen | MP Rob Anders and Sun commentator Brian Lilley doubled down on conflating trans people with sexual predators, suggesting human rights inclusion will somehow enable and legally absolve predatory acts.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes October 6
Mercedes Allen | A reprised history of "Bathroom Bill" panic used to oppose human rights protections for trans people, due to a recent petition by MP Rob Anders.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes October 4
Mercedes Allen | Calgary West MP Rob Anders is actively petitioning his constituents against a bill that would extend human rights protections to trans people. And is embarrassing himself yet again.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes September 17
Mercedes Allen | There has been an interesting change of direction from the Canadian far right over Stephen Woodworth's "science," revealing how and why Canada's far right isn't particularly interested in it.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes June 29
Mercedes Allen | What Stephen Woodworth's "toe in the birth canal" argument attempts to deflect attention from, while attempting to change the social conversation in Canada.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes June 28
Mercedes Allen | Fifteen Conservative MPs joined with opposition MPs to advance C-279, the trans human rights bill. Far-right groups have called to inundate them with angry mail. I suggest we send a note of thanks.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes June 19
Mercedes Allen | While the principle of freedom of speech is admirable, the application being upheld and idealized by media champions and the Harper Government is already showing its proponents' hypocrisy.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes June 8
Mercedes Allen | Alberta has reinstated health-care funding for sex reassignment surgery. Full backgrounder added.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes June 6
Mercedes Allen | Why I (as a trans activist) will most likely not support a trans human rights bill with gender expression removed and with gender identity narrowly defined.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes June 5
Mercedes Allen | Leslie Feinberg has been arrested and is facing charges of property damage. The arrest came during a protest of the conviction of CeCe McDonald, sentenced to 41 months in prison for manslaughter.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes April 20
Mercedes Allen | Beneath all the rhetoric, the issue is about fears that affirmation might enable or "encourage" someone to be gay or trans.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes April 19
Mercedes Allen | What a "No Pro Homo" policy looks like, and why its failure hasn't stopped the fight against anti-homophobia education in North America.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes April 18
Mercedes Allen | On how the far right feels persecuted by the Day of Silence, and wants the word "homophobia" banned as hate speech.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes April 10
Mercedes Allen | Did Conservative MP Dean Allison attempt to link transsexual women with sexual predators on the floor of Parliament?
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes March 29
Mercedes Allen | On the dilemma of Jenna Talackova, the Canadian beauty pageant contestant who was disqualified from the 2012 Miss Universe Canada competition because she had been born physically male.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes March 15
Mercedes Allen | Conservative Party backbencher Stephen Woodworth has put forward a motion that will result in a debate in Parliament on abortion, tentatively scheduled for Monday, April 26.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes March 8
Mercedes Allen | I'm taking the moment to come out in favour of womens' reproductive rights, and encouraging others to do the same.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes January 30
Mercedes Allen | New regulations may potentially ban many transsexual, transgender and intersexed people from boarding a plane in Canada