Mercedes Allen

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/

Mercedes Allen
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Mar 27, 2013

Harper's theological crossroads

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
Nov 15, 2012

LGBT rights in Uganda, and John Baird's dilemma

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
Nov 14, 2012

Defining human rights

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
Oct 9, 2012

MP's trans predator fearmongering escalates

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
Oct 6, 2012

Flushing Rob Anders' 'Bathroom Bill' fear

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
Jun 28, 2012

Trans rights bill supporters being targeted

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.

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