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March 31, 2014

Canada’s largest LGBTI festival takes over 25 blocks from 20 to 29 June

Pride Toronto has announced more acts will join this year’s WorldPride festival line up.

Disco group Hercules and Love Affair will join house singer Crystal Waters and British-born electro pop singer Neon Hitch in a line-up of music stars to play electronic, dance and house music as part of the WorldPride 2014 celebrations.

Also performing at the event will be soul diva Deborah Cox, who had a number one hit with Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here, rock singer Melissa Etheridge and country music singer Chely Wright.

February 14, 2014

The case of Avery Edison, placed in a men’s prison in Canada, and Piers Morgan’s interview with Janet Mock shows how trans people are finding their voice

Canadian immigration officials caused outrage earlier this week when they placed a woman in a men’s prison. When stated that way, their action is simply incomprehensible. Yet that is what Avery Edison is – a woman. Her British passport confirmed that fact.

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.

February 7, 2014

Canadian cities including Ottawa and Vancouver have also raised pride flags support gay rights during the Olympics in Russia

Toronto Mayor Bob Ford, usually in the headlines for his drug and alcohol use, is now making a fuss over a rainbow pride flag that is flying over city hall.

He wants it taken down.

'It’s not about someone’s sexual preference,' he told reporters Friday (7 January) outside his office. 'No, I do not agree with putting up the rainbow flag. We should put our Canadian flag up.'

February 7, 2014

Canadian cities including Ottawa and Vancouver have also raised pride flags support gay rights during the Olympics in Russia

Toronto Mayor Bob Ford, usually in the headlines for his drug and alcohol use, is now making a fuss over a rainbow pride flag that is flying over city hall.

He wants it taken down.

'It’s not about someone’s sexual preference,' he told reporters Friday (7 January) outside his office. 'No, I do not agree with putting up the rainbow flag. We should put our Canadian flag up.'

February 6, 2014

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January 9, 2014

A spate of stories is spreading about transgender people behaving badly, or sexually, in bathrooms – the problem is they are made up

Have you heard the one about the trans woman who went into a female changing room and exposed herself to all and sundry?

No: that’s not joke, so much as persistent urban myth. However, thanks to an unhappy combination of reactionary and transphobic groups in the United States, and newspapers with a less than whole-hearted commitment to fact-checking, this is one trope that looks set to run and run.

The latest in an increasingly long line of untrue reports turned up at the weekend, courtesy of Canada’s largest circulation daily, the Toronto Star.

December 31, 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.

December 26, 2013

LGBTI rights leaders from around the world to speak at event as part of Toronto’s WorldPride celebrations in 2014

Former Prime Minister of Iceland, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, the world’s first openly gay head of government, is to headline the WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014.

The event, organized as part of the WorldPride celebrations, which next year are in Toronto, Canada, will see presenters from 60 countries.

International LGBTI activists will debate human rights around the world at the event from 25 to 27 June.

December 13, 2013

Protests around the globe are being organized to raise awareness over the Supreme Court bringing back a British colonial era law banning homosexuality

India and the world will be uniting for a global protest against the Supreme Court ruling to bring back a law banning gay sex.

Described as the ‘worst event to happen in gay rights’ in recent memory, the ruling means an estimated 40 million people’s lives have been made illegal by the Supreme Court’s actions in bringing back Section 377 on Wednesday (11 December).

Indian LGBTI activists have called on the world to help support them in their time of need.

December 13, 2013

A group of gay Canadian Muslims plan to open an affirming mosque where people can be themselves in the city of Halifax in Nova Scotia

A group of Halifax gay Muslims have announced plans to open an LGBTI affirming ‘unity’ mosque in their city.

Group spokesperson Syed Adnan Hussein told CBC News that while LGBTIs were free to pray in more traditional mosques in the city, he wanted to create a space could be comfortable in their LGBTI identity while practicing their faith.

December 12, 2013

A Manitoba, Canada dollar store has pulled novelty pills that claim to cure gayness from shelves after parents complained

A dollar store in Gimli, Manitoba in Canada has pulled novelty ‘gay cure’ boxes of pills from its shelves after parents complained.

‘Gay Away’ pills, manufactured by Toronto based company Laughrat, were being sold alongside other novelty fake medicines sold by the company such as Nagotine ‘for people who nag smokers,’ and EgoManiax ‘medicine for enlarged egos.’

The packaging for the ‘new extra strength’ pills states that they ‘stop the craving for misbehaving,’ and that Gay Away ‘cures gayness’ and are ‘for real fruit cakes.’

September 6, 2013

Sunday 8 September will see protests for LGBT equality in cities all over the world

Gay, trans and straight people have been urged to snog each others faces of to raise awareness of LGBT rights abuses all around the world.

The International Day of Solidarity for LGBT Equality on Sunday (8 September) will highlight abuses via kissing sessions, marches, speeches and other actions.

Organizers said: ‘The time has come, where we send a message to countries like Russia, Uganda, Iran and every anti-LGBT nation, that all humans are created equal and deserve freedom. We must take a stand.’

August 11, 2013

As host of World Outgames the city of Antwerp proves a lively destination for the world’s LGBT sports teams

Destination: Antwerp. The largest city in Flanders in the heart of Europe.

I love the Eurostar service that connects the UK to mainland Europe. Getting to Antwerp was a breeze, from London St Pancras to Brussels and then an easy connection to Antwerp. There are plans in place to upgrade the fleet of Eurostar trains – personally I’d suggest power sockets at every seat and wifi throughout the train. And perhaps no children under 16 – is that selfish?

July 22, 2013

Canada’s progressive Universalist Muslims are seeking funds to hold an Iftar prayer and dinner for LGBT people and their friends during the holy month of Ramadan

A group seeking to fundraise to hold an LGBT friendly iftar prayer and dinner to mark the Muslim holy month of Ramadan has nearly reached their target on the Indiegogo crowd funding website.

Canada’s Universalist Muslims are an LGBT welcoming group of progressive Muslims and they are hoping to hold the 10th Salaam Peace Iftar later this month at the El-Tawhid Juma Circle Toronto Unity Mosque.

July 4, 2013

Canadian performer claims she was not being racist when she was fired for playing a 'big fat black' American psychic character

A Canadian drag queen is furious for being fired from Toronto Pride after being accused of performing in ‘blackface’.

Daytona Bitch claims he was fired in an email from the marketing company that booked her for her 24 June performance.

According to 26 June email from Diamond Integrated Marketing, the performance was against the organization’s ‘longstanding commitment to diversity’.

The performer said the character, a black American psychic called Miss Cleo, was not offensive or even an example of blackface.

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.

May 28, 2013

Pride Week may lose funding a year before it hosts World Pride event in a row about Queers Against Israeli Apartheid taking part

A group of councilors in Toronto will today (28 May) try to withdraw funding for their Pride festival, a year before the city is due to hold World Pride.

Councilor David Shiner plans to ignore the advice of city staff and submit a motion to remove Pride’s C$123,807 ($119,707 €92,679) cultural grant.

It’s an attempt to penalize Pride Toronto for allowing the group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) to participate in the annual parade.

May 22, 2013

Multi-sport tournament Tournoi International de Paris celebrates its 10th year in style

In 2009 I joined a gay sports team. I’ve never been a particularly sporty person, but I wanted a fitness option that wasn’t the gym and I was wanting to widen my social circle a bit.

‘Why does it have to be a gay sports team?’ my then-boyfriend asked. I guess it didn’t have to be, but it just seemed the obvious starting point.

One of the top results on my Google search was a directory of gay sports clubs in London put together by GMFA – a UK charity that coordinates a range of services.

April 30, 2013

GSN overcomes a negative bias against Canada’s gayest city and admits that it’s actually a pretty cool place

I think the flight to Toronto was the most fun I’ve ever had on a plane.

I was traveling with my friends Hendo, Billy, and Ginger Luke – we were heading to Toronto for a water polo tournament hosted by the Toronto Triggerfish (reportedly the largest LGBT water polo squad in the world).

April 30, 2013

GSN overcomes a negative bias against Canada’s gayest city and admits that it’s actually a pretty cool place

I think the flight to Toronto was the most fun I’ve ever had on a plane.

I was traveling with my friends Hendo, Billy, and Ginger Luke – we were heading to Toronto for a water polo tournament hosted by the Toronto Triggerfish (reportedly the largest LGBT water polo squad in the world).

April 28, 2013

Toronto Triggerfish claim the Polopalooza championship by defeating Atlanta

Polopalooza is the annual LGBT water polo competition hosted by the Toronto Triggerfish (reportedly the largest LGBT water polo club in the world).  The 2013 event has just concluded with the final play-off match completed today, Sunday 28th April.

April 28, 2013

Toronto Triggerfish claim the Polopalooza championship by defeating Atlanta

Polopalooza is the annual LGBT water polo competition hosted by the Toronto Triggerfish (reportedly the largest LGBT water polo club in the world).  The 2013 event has just concluded with the final play-off match completed today, Sunday 28th April.

April 19, 2013

Presentations wanted for The WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014 on 'LGBTTIQQ2SA' human rights

WorldPride, the international pride event, is calling for submissions for presentations at the 2014 human rights conference in Toronto.

The organizing committee want activists, artists, educators, journalists, policy-makers, students and others involved in sexual orientation and gender identity human rights work to submit presentations to be considered to be shown at The WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014.