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April 2, 2015

Accenture, Home Depot Canada, Deloitte, Hewlett Packard, Ontario Public Service, KPMG and the YMCA of Greater Toronto are all among the winners

Now in its ninth year, the annual Canada’s Best Diversity Employers list has just been released – recognizing those organizations that have exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness initiatives.

The initiative, which is coordinated by Mediacorp Canada Inc., recognizes diversity in a number of areas, including programs for employees from five groups: LGBT people, women, aboriginal people, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

March 30, 2015

Parents are now helping to prove how 'ridiculous' anti-trans laws are

Mothers of trans kids are taking on 'ridiculous' bathroom bills by vowing to pee in men's toilets.

Fran Forsberg, from Saskatoon, Canada, is one of several parents who who will be protesting an amendment of a bill that will ban trans women from using female bathrooms trans men from using male bathrooms.

Put forward by Senator Don Plett, he claims the amendment will stop 'pedophiles from taking advantage of legislation that we have in place.'

'There's nothing that's wrong with my daughter,' Forsberg told CBC News.

March 27, 2015

The US Disciples of Christ church is threatening to move its 2017 General Assembly convention outside of Indiana over a new ‘religious liberty’ law that allows religious people to discriminate against anyone they want to including LGBTI people

The leadership of the US Disciples of Christ church are reviewing their plans to hold their 2017 General Assembly in the state of Indiana after its Republican Governor Mike Pence signed into law a bill allowing wide ranging rights to discriminate by anyone who claims they have a religious objection.

March 24, 2015

Canadian activist Bill Whatcott says he’s been forced to flee to the Philippines after handing out half a million pamphlets over a decade that state that homosexual activists are trying to recruit children through the school system

A Canadian Christian who was fired from his job as a nurse over his anti-abortion activism and was sued after he claimed that homosexual activists were trying to recruit children via the public school system has left the country – saying there is no longer room for people like him in Canada.

‘My ministry to Canada has come to an end, at least for the foreseeable future,’ Bill Whatcott announced earlier this month.

‘Now, I am in the Philippines with my wife.’

March 21, 2015

Justin Kelly, the director of I Am Michael movie that stars James Franco and Zachary Quinto, argues anti-gay activist Michael Glatze should not be vilified

The story of Michael Glatze electrified and horrified the LGBTI world when he converted from celebrated gay activist and journalist to homophobic preacher.

Now US director Justin Kelly has chosen this most controversial of gay subjects for his feature film debut, starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto.

It attempts to get into Glatze's head, charting his progress from running a popular gay youth mag and being in both a loving couple and three-way relationship to his conversion to Christianity.

March 21, 2015

Dad who described his son's coming out as 'worse than death' may reconsider after reading thousands of messages of support online

Strangers across the world have united in support of a gay teenager who was shunned by his father after coming out.

Tyler, a 15-year-old from Vancouver, Canada, came out to his father via Facebook messenger three months ago.

Screenshots of the hateful exchange, where Tyler's father spoke of his 'shame and embarrassment', and even addressed his son as 'You fuck!!!', hit the headlines earlier this week.

March 16, 2015

'You are trying to ruin me. This is worse than death'

'I’m going to puke.'

That was the response of one father to his 15-year-old son after he come out as gay.

Tyler, from Vancouver, Canada, came out to his father over Facebook messenger three months ago and shared screenshots of their exchange on Tumblr.

'My dad’s reaction to me coming out. Can’t even say it to my face smh [shaking my head],' he wrote.

The post has since been shared more than 2,000 times.

March 13, 2015

Check out the blockbuster multi-million dollar budget

The first ever 'Canada Pride' is to be held in Montreal in 2017, following the success of Toronto WorldPride in 2014.

The 10-day celebration will take place from August 11-20, and will include sports events and an international conference on LGBT rights, plus an array of gigs, parades and parties.

The inaugural event will boast a budget of $2.3-3 million dollars, according to dailyxtra.com.

March 13, 2015

Check out the blockbuster multi-million dollar budget

The first ever 'Canada Pride' is to be held in Montreal in 2017, following the success of Toronto WorldPride in 2014.

The 10-day celebration will take place from August 11-20, and will include sports events and an international conference on LGBT rights, plus an array of gigs, parades and parties.

The inaugural event will boast a budget of $2.3-3 million dollars, according to dailyxtra.com.

March 12, 2015

Using the hashtag #WeJustNeedToPee, the bearded activist posted pictures of himself next to women entering cubicles and doing their makeup

A transgender man has taken on the bathroom selfie campaign to protest against US laws that want him to use the women's toilets.

Michael Hughes, from Minnesota, was inspired by several trans women who posted pictures of themselves next to urinals.

Using the hashtag #WeJustNeedToPee, the bearded activist posted pictures of himself next to women entering cubicles and doing their makeup.

He says: 'Do I look like I belong in a women's bathroom? Republicans are trying to get legislation passed that would put me there, based on my gender at birth.

March 12, 2015

Do we need Soviet-style spies in our restrooms?

It is always good to watch transphobia shrivel and die. Like Count Dracula, turning to dust at the first ray of sunshine, a great deal of transphobia is only waiting the light of common sense to send it on its way.

Or in this case, one photo, and two simple words – ‘trans man’ – are all that is needed to show how bills supposed to protect women will make their lives infinitely more dangerous.

March 9, 2015

'I’m actively showing them what it would look like if that became law and how completely ridiculous it is'

A transgender woman in Canada has launched a social media campaign to show how 'ridiculous' bathroom bans are.

Brae Carnes, 23, is posting photos of herself in men's toilets to protest a proposed law that would make it illegal for trans women to use female bathrooms.

'As a trans woman I'm not even safe from discrimination at the pub or public transit. What's going to happen if I'm forced into a men's changeroom?,' she wrote on Facebook.

February 27, 2015

Other more sensitive videos by the country's top gay filmmaker are left alone

As an online video about coming out to parents racks up more than 100 million views in China, the state censorship board has removed all traces of a similar documentary from the internet.

The country's leading queer filmmaker, Fan Popo, said he was puzzled as why to his 'harmonious' 2012 film, Mama Rainbow, was deleted from all Chinese video sharing sites.

February 3, 2015

Mural was approved, then banned

The kiss. For some reason, it, and the experience of giving and getting one, is an essential aspect of the high school experience. It is the high school kisses that create the milestones to adulthood, the firsts we will remember our entire lives and in truth, the magic of our adolescence.

January 29, 2015

We’ve done a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers to help inspire your 2015 travels.

Holidays, vacations, and romantic mini-breaks are special moments in our lives. Whether you’ve invested months of planning or if it’s a spur-of-the-moment spontaneous decision, we are all chasing that elusive perfect holiday.

To help inspire your travel dreams for 2015 we did a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers and asked them to share their best holiday memories and travel plans for the year ahead.

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Eli Lieb – singer/songwriter

January 20, 2015

Actors says it is 'grossly unfair' his gay brother had to get married in Canada

Colin Farrell yesterday (19 January) said he supported the legalization of gay marriage in Ireland 'with every fiber of my being' ahead of a referendum on the issue.

In a televised debate on national broadcaster RTÉ, the Hollywood actor said it was 'grossly unfair' that his gay brother had to marry his partner Steven Mannion in Canada.

'To see them every day live their lives as a happily married couple is an amazing thing, and to think that they had to leave their own country to do that is sad and disappointing and just grossly unfair, I feel,' he said.

January 18, 2015

The Irish actor, who has a gay brother, is set to appeal to the Irish public to support marriage equality in an upcoming referendum by appearing in a TV interview which will be aired on Monday night

Hollywood actor Colin Farrell is slated to persuade his country to support same-sex marriage by discussing the issue in a TV interview with Claire Byrne to be aired on Monday night, reports Goss.ie.

Ireland is set to decide whether it will recognize same-sex marriage in a referendum to be held in early May.

January 6, 2015

Craig Friesen and Matt Wiens were married on New Years Eve in Osler Mennonite Church – becoming the first ever same-sex couple to be married in their faith in Canada

A Canadian gay couple made history on New Year's Eve, becoming the first ever same-sex couple who are members of the Canadian Mennonite Church to receive a church wedding in their faith.

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Canada since July of 2005.

However the Mennonite church in Saskatchewan province, Canada only decided to allow individual congregations to marry same-sex couples if they wish to as of last year and Craig Friesen and Matt Wiens are the first to seek the Mennonite’s blessing in Canada.

December 30, 2014

Diran Lin says he has been overwhelmed by the support he has been shown by the people of Montreal during his son’s murderer’s trial but he still wants to know why Luka Magnotta killed him

The father of murdered Chinese student Jun Lin has spoken of the support that he has been shown by ordinary Montrealers following his son’s killer’s murder trial.

Luka Magnotta was found guilty of the 2012 murder of Jun Lin this month and of dismembering the body of Diran Lin’s son before fleeing to Europe to try to avoid justice.

He was eventually caught at a Berlin internet café where he had been reading stories about himself online.

December 29, 2014

From The Imitation Game to The Normal Heart, it's been quite a year for queer cinema

What constitutes a gay movie? What constitutes a queer movie? Should a film starring a straight man, directed by a straight man, be defined as either?

What about a film starring a straight man as a trans woman? Do films about gay men matter to lesbians, and vice versa? And, perhaps most crucially, is a film featuring homosexual characters, that shies away from same-sex sex, intended for anything but heterosexual consumption?

December 18, 2014

And, according to a new study, don't be a gay guy

Want to get paid more than your colleagues? The key, apparently, is to be a lesbian.

A new study has showed a person's sexual orientation affects how much they earn, and while it's good news for the lady-loving woman, it's not for gay men.

In the US alone, the pay premium rises to 20% for lesbians compared to straight women while gay men can expect to be paid 16% less than straight men.

November 4, 2014

Let's talk about that agreed LGBTI figure of 10-12%

It turns out that far more men and women fantasise about having gay sex than many of us first thought.

A team of scientists at the University of Montreal have discovered that even though many people may identify as straight, that doesn't stop them from thinking about the same gender.

A fifth of the men questioned, 20.6%, had fantasised about gay sex. But even more so, a third of women (36.9%) had dreamed about the possibility of making love with another woman.

November 2, 2014

Anti-gay activists Peter LaBarbera and Bill Whatcott were on trial for mischief in Regina, Saskatchewan on Thursday after an incident at the University of Regina in April this year

Peter LaBarbera, president of the group Americans For Truth About Homosexuality and thought to be one of the most extreme homophobic Christian activists in the United States, and a local man were on trial for mischief in a Regina court this week.

LaBarbera and a local Saskatchewan man, Bill Whatcott, were displaying placards with anti-gay and pro-life messages and tried to set up an information desk on the grounds of the University of Regina after they were told by the university not to.

October 31, 2014

This heartwarming story about a little boy named Grayson with a life-threatening disease and his two awesome dads will make you cry

It all started with a haircut. Chad, a 22-year-old man, not out about his sexuality, got into Wayne’s chair at a salon. They went on a date a week later. Over the course of a year, they realized their slow moving relationship had built into something very solid. At the time, they had no idea how solid it was going to have to be.