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July 20, 2014

The trans-inclusive policy is the first of it's kind in North America

A Catholic school district in Vancouver, Canada, has approved a policy to protect transgender and intersex children in school.

 

July 13, 2014

Canadian mayor Rob Ford invents new word to dodge questions about whether he is homophobic

Apparently, Canadian mayor Rob Ford is definitely not homophobic because he saves so much money.

The bizarre response he gave to reporters left people confused, as the word doesn’t even exist.

Ford, the current mayor of Toronto, Canada, was asked if he is homophobic as by reporters he attended an event on 11 July.

‘I got spendaphobia,’ he said.

‘Let’s talk about how much money I’ve saved the taxpayers and I got subways built. And I contracted out garbage. You don’t want to talk about that, do you?

July 11, 2014

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who has refused to quit office after smoking crack cocaine, has cast a lone dissenting vote against a proposal to help support his city’s homeless young LGBTI people

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has voted against a proposal to help his city’s LGBTI homeless youth even though his vote could have not have stopped it from going ahead.

37 other members of the city council voted in favor of the proposal which will see 25% of homeless shelter beds in Toronto allocated to LGBTI homeless young people, and staff at the city’s homeless services receive LGBTI sensitivity training.

The motion could have passed without a vote but Ford placed a temporary ‘hold’ on the proposal Tuesday to force a vote on it.

July 5, 2014

 UK Trans woman Avery Edison was held in a men’s prison in Canada in February, and is now filing a complaint to stop it from happening again

A UK trans woman who was held in a men’s prison in Canada is filing two human rights complaints.

Avery Edison, a 26-year-old trans woman from London, UK, was detained in February this year when she was travelling to Canada.

June 30, 2014

Canada hosted this year's World Pride, and it really did show love makes the world go round

When it comes to equality, Canada doesn’t mess around.

And they proved it once again by putting one of the biggest and best World Prides in years.

Hosted in Toronto, the city attracted hundreds of thousands of attendees to the main festivities at the weekend.

Downtown was transformed with rainbow colors, and if that wasn’t enough, a double rainbow shined down from the sky in the early evening.

Check out some of our favorite moments from Pride:

June 18, 2014

A group of Ugandan LGBTI rights activists will be allowed to attend the WorldPride 2014 human rights conference after their applications were initially refused by immigration officials who feared they would seek asylum

Canadian immigration officials have granted visas to half of a group of ten Ugandan gay rights activists seeking to attend the 2014 WorldPride Human Rights Conference in Toronto – reversing an earlier decision to refuse their applications.

Conference organizers are still hopeful that the remaining five activists will also be granted visas in time for the conference which is being held next Wednesday and Thursday.

June 14, 2014

Kathleen Wynne brought her partner on stage to make her victory speech as she made history twice over by being female and openly gay

Liberal politician Kathleen Wynne has been elected Premier of Ontario, making history twice as she becomes the province’s first female premier and the first openly gay premier in Canada.  

The results were announced on 12 June and saw Wynne, who represents the liberal party, be officially elected as Ontario’s premier.

61-year-old Wynne, who is openly lesbian, brought her partner on stage with her to make her victory speech.

To cheers, applause and a soundtrack of Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’, Wynne made her victory speech in a red suit dress.

June 6, 2014

The City of Toronto has painted two rainbow LGBTI pride crossings on the road in its gay district to celebrate the city hosting WorldPride and unlike a similar crossing in Sydney they will be left on the road surface as a permanent reminder of the event

The streets of Toronto’s gay village has been given a permanent makeover in time for the city hosting WorldPride from 20-29 June this year with two rainbow crossing painted on its roadway in the LGBTI pride colors.

The crossings were installed by the City of Toronto, which also erected 250 WorldPride 2014 banners across the center of the city’s downtown in partnership with a number of local Business Improvement Area (BIA) groups.

June 5, 2014

Graduating students wanted to make a statement saying that they do not go to a homophobic school

Catholic students have shown their support for gay youth by wearing rainbow socks at their graduation.

More than half of the graduates at Vanier Catholic Secondary School in Whitehorse in Yukon, Canada decided to don the colorful footwear.

Liam Finnegan, a gay student, said his friend Kate Power organized the gay rights movement at the ceremony last Saturday (31 May).

June 2, 2014

‘My Chacha is gay’ is the first book aimed at teaching tolerance and acceptance of LGBTI people to children in Pakistan

A new book by a Toronto, Canada based Pakistani author hopes to teach tolerance towards LGBTI people in Pakistan and beyond.

‘My Chacha is gay’ is believed to be the first ever resource designed to teach Pakistani young people about different family arrangements and tells the story of Ahmed, a little boy who lives in the city of Karachi in Pakistan and his gay favorite uncle.

Ahmed lives with his parents, sister, grandmother and uncle Chacha, and they are often visited by ‘Uncle' Faheem – Chacha’s boyfriend, who is a pilot and lets Ahmed wear his pilot’s hat.

May 26, 2014

Canadian immigration officials have rejected the visa applications of a group of 10 Ugandan LGBTI rights activists out of fear they will try to seek asylum once they are in the country for WorldPride 2014

Canadian immigration officials fear a group of Ugandan LGBTI rights activists want to travel to Toronto to participate in WorldPride 2014 in order to claim asylum and so are denying them entry.

The reasons given for denying them entry visas include a lack of travel histories, being unable to prove they had the money to maintain themselves in Canada, and family ties in Canada and Uganda.

Officials told eight of the activists that they did not believe they had a legitimate business purpose in Canada.

May 24, 2014

US trans punk singer Laura Jane Grace is unhappy about the casting of Andrew Garfield in the video for ‘We Exist’, saying it perpetuates negative stereotypes of trans people

US transgender rock star Laura Jane Grace has hit out at Arcade Fire for using a Hollywood actor to portray a trans person in their new video.

Canadian rock band Arcade Fire recently released their video for new single ‘We Exist’, starring Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield playing a trans woman.

May 9, 2014

A woman who called an openly gay Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer a ‘faggot’ over 60 times has been jailed for 60 days after she threatened to beat him up

A woman who threatened an openly gay member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Canada’s Northwest Territories has been sentenced to 60 days in prison.

The sentence came about after openly gay RCMP Sergeant Jeremie Landry found 34-year-old Diane Koyina passed out in the street in the First Nations community of Behchoko August in far-north Canada’s Arctic Circle.

Landry woke Koyina and was taking her to jail when she let out a torrent of abuse towards him focused on his sexuality, calling him a ‘faggot’ over 60 times and threatening him with violence.

May 9, 2014

A woman who called an openly gay Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer a ‘faggot’ over 60 times has been jailed for 60 days after she threatened to beat him up

A woman who threatened an openly gay member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Canada’s Northwest Territories has been sentenced to 60 days in prison.

The sentence came about after openly gay RCMP Sergeant Jeremie Landry found 34-year-old Diane Koyina passed out in the street in the First Nations community of Behchoko August in far-north Canada’s Arctic Circle.

Landry woke Koyina and was taking her to jail when she let out a torrent of abuse towards him focused on his sexuality, calling him a ‘faggot’ over 60 times and threatening him with violence.

May 4, 2014

Think Canada's LGBTI gay rights situation is rosy? Homophobia and transphobia is on the rise, and we ask Egale's executive director Helen Kennedy why it's happening

When you think of Canada, you might think they have it all sorted out.

They have had same-sex marriage nationwide for nearly 10 years, anti-discrimination laws for an incredible 14 years  and is often described as one of the best places to be LGBTI in the world.

But there is still work to be done as Helen Kennedy, executive director of equality charity Egale, reveals.

Homophobia in schools is on the rise, and there are those who want the rights of trans people to be stripped. We spoke to Kennedy to find out more:

April 21, 2014

New research published by Pew Research has found that Catholic Spain has the lowest rate of moral disapproval of homosexuality of any of the 40 countries they surveyed

The Pew Research company has revealed some interesting results as part of its Global Attitudes Project on a range of social issues.

Pew asked people in 40 different countries across five continents the question, ‘do you personally believe that homosexuality is morally acceptable, morally unacceptable, or is it not a moral issue?’

April 15, 2014

Americans For Truth About Homosexuality president Peter LaBarbera has been arrested along with a Canadian anti-gay activist after they refused to leave a university where they were staging a protest

One of the most extreme homophobic Christian activists in the United States was arrested on Monday in Canada - just days after he was almost not allowed in the country.

Peter LaBarbera, president of the group Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, had been in Saskatchewan province to attend an anti-abortion conference but decided to also hold protests against abortion and gay rights in Canada at two local universities while he was in the country.

April 15, 2014

A US hate-group activist is in rough weather as students unite against malicious propaganda 

A US anti-gay leader was arrested in Canada for distributing hate literature yesterday in University of Regina, Canada yesterday (14 April).

Peter LaBarbera was charged with mischief by Canadian police officers after he refused several requests from university officials to leave the campus area.

The Americans for Truth about Homosexuality preacher was less than thrilled with being escorted off the university campus in handcuffs.

April 13, 2014

The Law Society of British Columbia debated but eventually voted down a motion that would have barred graduates of the new law school from practising law in the province because of the school's ban on gay sex

Trinity Western University, a private Christian university in British Columbia, Canada is on its way to admitting its first batch of students in September 2016 despite having a policy against students and staff in same-sex relationships.

On Friday, the Law Society of British Columbia's directors voted 20-6 in favor despite many of them using words like 'abhorrent,' 'discriminatory,' 'hateful,' 'anachronistic' and 'fundamentally wrong' to describe the evangelical Christian university's anti-gay policy that all students and staff must sign and help enforce.

April 9, 2014

A bill that would have made it compulsory for all schools in the Canadian province of Alberta to have gay-straight alliance groups has failed to pass in the legislature in a vote of 19 to 31
 

A bill put forward by a lawmaker from Canada’s Liberal party that would have mandated all schools in Alberta province to have on campus gay-straight alliance (GSA) programs to support LGBTI young people was voted down on Tuesday.

Like similar laws already in place in Manitoba and Ontario provinces, the bill would have covered faith based non-government schools, which is largely why its opponents voted against it.

March 8, 2014

Two British lesbians, who lost a fight to have their Canadian marriage legalized in 2006, will finally be granted married couple status next week

A British lesbian couple are to have their marriage legally recognized, years after a High Court judge ruled against it.

Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger will be formally recognized as a married couple on Thursday (13 March), ahead of the new same-sex marriage act coming into place on 29 March in England and Wales.

The couple, who are university professors in the UK, got married in Canada in 2003 where Wilkinson was working and same-sex marriage had just become legal.

February 25, 2014

The Netherlands, Denmark and Norway have announced they will suspend financial assistance to Uganda after President Yoweri Museveni signed a controversial bill that would see homosexuals jailed for life - as others review their assistance to the East African nation

Norway, Denmark and The Netherlands have become the first countries to either redirect aid away from the Ugandan Government or freeze aid.

The Netherlands froze $9.6 million in aid to Uganda’s legal system, saying that if Uganda’s courts were to enforce the country’s new harsh laws further criminalizing homosexuality then they did not want to assist that process.

February 19, 2014

Star Trek icon tells GSN: “This Olympics is really a chilling thing because it reminds me of the 1936 Olympics when the Olympics Committee provided an international platform for Adolf Hitler'

George Takei has been watching some of the Olympics in Sochi even though he strongly believes they never should have been allowed to be held in a country with an anti-gay propaganda law in place.

The openly gay Star Trek icon tells Gay Star News that he considers the International Olympic Committee 'spineless' for not moving the games after it was clear that 'Russia breaks the pledge to the Olympic creed of no discrimination.'

February 13, 2014

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has introduced measures to ensure gay and unmarried straight couples from countries with equal marriage are banned from adopting Russian children

Russia has introduced measures to enforce the ban on adoptions of children to people in countries that recognize same-sex marriage.

A decree published on the government’s website today (13 February) states a ban on adoptions will apply to gay and unmarried straight couples.

Affected countries that often traditionally adopt from Russia includes Spain, France and Canada.

England and Wales will be on the list once same-sex weddings begin to be carried out on 29 March.