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December 17, 2014

The OUT Adventures founder on life in Canada's supercity – from Woofstock to nude beaches...

Robert Sharp, founder of gay tour operator Out Adventures, shares his favourite things to do in Toronto; from dog festivals to abseiling down major landmarks!

I moved here in…
2003, and I stayed because I found love! We are no longer together, but remain great friends, and own our business OUT Adventures together.

July 27, 2014

At the annual Ford Fest for Canada mayor Rob Ford, LGBTI protestors were harassed with anti-gay slurs and had their banners and posters ripped up

A public event in Canada quickly turned sour when LGBTI protesters were physically threatened and verbally abused, for protesting against homophobic Toronto mayor Rob Ford.

Ford Fest, an annual event for mayor Rob Ford, was held in Thomson Memorial Park, Scarborough, Ontario on 25 July.

The event was attended by supporters of Ford, and also protesters too, who oppose his homophobic views.

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 24, 2014

The Moravian Church in North America’s Northern Province voted Sunday to allow gays and lesbians to become clergy and also to create a religious ceremony by which to bless same-sex unions

The 2014 Synod of the Northern Province of the Moravian Church in North America has approved same-sex clergy and a new religious rite to bless same-sex unions in a vote of 181-62.

The province’s Book of Order will also be revised to reflect the new policy.

The Northern Province is the Moravian Church’s largest province in North America and covers churches in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington D.C., Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, California, Ontario and Alberta.

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 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.

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.

February 12, 2014

Avery Edison travelled to Toronto to visit her girlfriend, and after airport staff discovered a visa infraction, she was detained

A British trans woman has live-tweeted her ‘humiliating’ ordeal over being held in a Canadian men’s prison.

Avery Edison, a 25-year-old comedian, travelled to Toronto last Monday (10 February) to visit her girlfriend and was held over a visa infraction.

She was taken to Maplehurst Correctional Complex in Milton, Ontario, a provincial detention facility for men.

According to her tweets, she thought a non-refundable return ticket and a copy of her London lease would have been enough to avoid the predicament but admits it was her fault.

January 30, 2014

Tunisian Chiheb Esseghaier, accused over an alleged plot to derail a train between the US and Canada, has ranted against same-sex marriage while defending himself without a lawyer

A Tunisian doctoral student studying in Montreal has gone on a homophobic rant while standing trial over an alleged terror plot to derail a train between New York and Ontario.

Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, went on a 4 minute rant at the start of his trial Wednesday, telling the court, 'homosexual marriages are protected by the Criminal Code because the code doesn't consider this a crime.’

‘Even the animals don't do this. The donkeys may. The monkeys do not.’

‘Why do you allow homosexual marriage when animals don't do homosexual marriages?’

December 30, 2013

Christopher Peloso had suffered from depression; he and Smitherman had three kids

Veteran Canadian politician George Smitherman took to Twitter Monday morning with some grim news.

His husband had been found dead.

Christopher Peloso, 40, had been missing since early Sunday (28 December) - the second time he had gone missing in recent months.

Peloso had been battling depression and in September, he was found alive but confused and dirty near some train tracks in Toronto.

This time, he was found dead. Police have released few details except to confirm the death.

November 27, 2013

As Hannukah begins, here is a countdown of celebrities, politicians, activists and comedians who have the best of both worlds

Hannukah, the eight day Jewish festival, began this week.

Every year Jewish communities around the world commemorate the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE.

At the time, Syrian King Antioch outlawed Judaism and converted the temple into a place of worship to Greek gods.

His actions sparked a revolt, and the temple was eventually taken back.

Hannukah was instituted to celebrate the success of the revolt.

September 23, 2013

Petition has launched calling for the government to 'put actions behind' their words and bar those behind anti-gay laws in Russia from Canada

Canadian politicians and the public are demanding Russians behind the anti-gay laws are barred from the country.

The New Democrat Party (NDP) of Canada has launched a petition to bar those who voted for Russia's federal 'gay propaganda' law from entering Canada.

NDP’s Official Opposition Critic for Foreign Affairs Paul Dewar believes the Canadian government should do more than just verbally condemn the law.

‘When it comes to this issue you need to put actions behind your words,’ he said. 'What we’ve seen in Russia is something that’s reprehensible.’

September 2, 2013

A billboard outside a church in Niagara Falls, Ontario has split opinion after it received thousands of views

A picture of a sign outside an Ontario Anglican church has gone viral.

Outside St John’s Anglican Church in Niagara Falls, the billboard reads: ‘Jesus had two dads and he turned out just fine!’

Posted on social media website Reddit, the image caught worldwide attention and received hundreds of thousands of views.

The reaction to the billboard was heavily split, with it receiving 14,300 negative votes and more than 15,900 positive ones.

June 24, 2013

Openly lesbian Kathleen Wynne is to become the first sitting provincial premier to march in the Toronto Pride Parade – though she’s been marching as a civilian for years

Kathleen Wynne, Canada’s first openly lesbian woman to head a provincial government, is set to become the first sitting Premier to march in Toronto’s annual Pride Parade on June 29.

Wynne took office in February this year and is the first openly gay or lesbian Premier in Canada and the first female Premier of Ontario.

Wynne came out at age 37 after raising three children in a heterosexual marriage and now lives with long-term partner Jane Rounthwaite.

June 20, 2013

Same Love by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis about struggles of being gay

A gay eighth-grade teacher in Ontario, Canada, didn't know what to expect when two of the 'tough' kids in his class wanted to bend the rules for the 'YouTube of the Day' part of class. 

The kids, who he calls Harry and Mark, wanted to show the video to the class without letting the teacher screen it first for appropriateness. The teacher decided to take a deep breath and take a chance.

He's awfully glad he did.

January 27, 2013

The Canadian province of Ontario has its first female premier following a vote on Friday – making her also the first openly gay or lesbian person to lead a Canadian provincial government

On Friday the Canadian province of Ontario appointed Kathleen Wynne to be its next premier – making her the province’s first female leader and the first openly gay or lesbian provincial leader in Canadian history.

Wynne, a Canadian Liberal Party MP, had previously served as the province’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Aboriginal Affairs before resigning from cabinet to run for the party’s leadership.

January 27, 2013

The Canadian province of Ontario has its first female premier following a vote on Friday – making her also the first openly gay or lesbian person to lead a Canadian provincial government

On Friday the Canadian province of Ontario appointed Kathleen Wynne to be its next premier – making her the province’s first female leader and the first openly gay or lesbian provincial leader in Canadian history.

Wynne, a Canadian Liberal Party MP, had previously served as the province’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Aboriginal Affairs before resigning from cabinet to run for the party’s leadership.

January 14, 2013

Ontario court judges that gay couple with a British civil partnership qualified as married

A Canadian judge has decided that a gay couple with a UK civil partnership can be treated as married – and therefore get divorced.

The judgement in Ontario follows legal objections from the Canadian federal Crown.

In 2009 Wayne Hincks and Gerardo Gallardo entered into a civil partnership in London. Both obtained Canadian citizenship after emigrating to Toronto in 2010.

Unlike Canada, British law does not currently allow same-sex couples to marry although civil partnerships allow for similar rights and responsibilities.

December 3, 2012

Canadian trans student, 16, was previously told to use female washroom despite having transitioned before joining the school

A transgender student in Canada is now allowed to use the men's toilets after the school previously banned him.

James Spencer, 16, was angry after Clarke High School in Ontario's Durham Region, near Toronto, told him he can only use the female washroom or a private bathroom which requires a key from the office.

Spencer enrolled at the school as a boy and collected signatures from about half the pupils for a petition in support of his complaint.

November 14, 2012

Canadian trans boy, 16, told to use female washroom despite having transitioned before joining the school

A Canadian school has banned a transgender student from using the men's toilets, despite having already transitioned.

James Spencer, 16, is angry after Clarke High School in Ontario's Durham Region, near Toronto, told him he can only use the female washroom or a private bathroom which requires a key from the office.

'I thought, "They’re figuring it out, it’s temporary,"' he told Canadian newspaper The Star.

August 21, 2012

Father denied leadership position at Canadian breastfeeding support group 

Canadian breastfeeding advocates and parenting experts are showing support for a transgender man who was refused a leadership role at a motherhood support group.

Trevor MacDonald (MacDonald is a pseudonym), 27, from Winnipeg, has been nursing his infant son for 16 months, but was told by La Leche League Canada (LLLC) that he cannot lead support circles or serve as a breastfeeding coach because he identifies as a man, which goes against the organization's definition of motherhood.

June 14, 2012

Canadian province is first in North America to change law to end discrimination against transgender people

Ontario in Canada has amended its Human Rights Code to protect transgender people.

It is the first province in North America to extend the anti-discrimination law to include 'gender identity' and 'gender expression'.

Upon hearing the decision, which was agreed unanimously by all members of the legislature in Toronto, transgender people hugged and shook hands with MPPs in the lobby, reported CBC News.

April 29, 2012

Students from the University of Western Ontario in Canada launch the Get REAL campaign 

A new anti-homophobia campaign is being launched by university students to try to teach the younger generation to be more open-minded than they were.

The students from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, started the Get REAL campaign by filming a video in which they address their grade seven selves.

Started by student Chris Studer, the campaigners are hoping the video will inspire kids to be tolerant before they are old enough to have regrets.