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How to abolish gender from Canadian passports for real

Trans activists say new gender-neutral ‘X’ option isn’t their first choice

How were lesbians affected by the anti-LGBT Lavender Scare?

In the United States in the 1950s, thousands of homosexual men and women lost their jobs or had their lives ruined because of McCarthyism.<p>A response …

Same-sex love in the saddle: the homosexual world of the American frontier

Forget <i>Brokeback Mountain</i> — what if our perceptions of cowboys as macho, invincibly heterosexual, homophobic manly-men are all wrong?<p>The 19th-century …

Canada's close to protecting trans rights from coast to coast

The painful truth about being gay at Canada’s largest Christian university

By the time he enrolled in BC’s Christian evangelical university, Jacob was already deeply in the closet. Reluctantly, he’d admitted the truth to …

Why did Canada take days to respond to the reported Chechen deaths?

The federal government faces mounting pressure to respond to reports of gay men being rounded up and killed in Russia.<p>On April 1, 2017, Russian …

Richmond NDP candidate’s statements on LGBT rights don’t all add up

Since attack ads targeted him in Chinese-language newspapers last week, Richmond South Centre NDP candidate Chak Kwong Au has sent mixed messages …

Why drag kings deserve more spaces in Toronto’s LGBT community

In October 2014, Cyril Cinder was on Facebook raving about a drag show he had just seen. “If I was a man I would be a drag queen, because drag queens …

Why these two LGBT YouTubers say ‘restricted mode’ hurts young people the most

Some YouTube personalities say the company’s apology for filtering and blocking LGBT videos isn’t enough.<p>The company is facing backlash after LGBT …

Judge hobbles class-action lawsuit against ‘gay zombies’ that crashed Toronto Pride

An Ontario judge has ruled that a $104-million lawsuit against a notorious anti-gay activist and his allies who crashed the 2016 Toronto Pride parade …

Black Lives Matter say they feel betrayed by Vancouver police and Pride

Members of Black Lives Matter Vancouver say they’re feeling discouraged and betrayed after police officers failed to protect them from a group of men …

Richmond inches toward protecting LGBT students

For a moment, Nathan Lee thought the Richmond school board wasn’t going to take his advice. Then the board’s trustees voted to support LGBT students …

Toronto councillor wants to enforce bylaw that could shut down almost every LGBT club

Toronto isn’t the town from <i>Footloose</i> yet, but it’s getting close.<p>City councillors are looking at potentially cracking down on nightclubs that operate …

Toronto city councillors threatening to cut Pride funding for excluding police floats

A city councillor wants to see Pride Toronto’s funding cut if it doesn’t include police floats in this year’s parade. John Campbell, a councillor …

This group wants to throw a rival LGBT parade that includes cops on the same day as Toronto Pride

After eight months of heated debate over Toronto’s Pride parade, a group of Torontonians is now asking for donations to throw its own parade — one …

LGBT Canadians now eligible for current and retroactive tax break on reproductive treatments

The federal government has made LGBT families and single people eligible for the same tax break on reproductive treatments that only people with …

Two trans people say they were mistreated by Service BC staff

Two trans people in northern BC say employees at Service BC offices in Prince George and Prince Rupert misgendered them and treated them …

The two-spirit artists breaking down the colonial narrative for Canada 150

After years as a tribal councillor with the Siksika Nation, Adrian Stimson’s life changed when they took the plunge and applied to art school.<p>“I sort …

Conservative senator thinks residential schools were good, wants gays back in the closet

Ever since Conservative MP Rob Anders — who ardently believed that Nelson Mandela was a terrorist and publicly speculated that Tom Mulcair may have …

New Brunswick government introduces trans-rights bill

The New Brunswick government introduced a bill to explicitly protect trans people under the province’s human-rights act, making it the last province …

I fought the cops in the 1990s and I support Black Lives Matter now

There’s a fundamental “us against them” flaw in the recurring argument that Black Lives Matter is somehow hijacking Pride.<p>Just last week, former …

Yukon moves to protect trans rights

Trans activists in Yukon are cautiously optimistic after the territory’s Liberal government announced it was beginning consultations on amendments to …

Nunavut passes trans-rights law

The Nunavut Legislative Assembly voted unanimously on a comprehensive trans-rights bill on March 13, 2017, making it the latest jurisdiction to …

Should private schools be allowed to discriminate against LGBT families in BC?

Five months after BC’s ministry of education announced that all school districts need to protect LGBT students through mandatory anti-bullying …

Stop ignoring the brutal, racist history of the Vancouver Police Department

When Myles Gray’s body was brought to the funeral home, the funeral director recommended the family have a closed casket ceremony. His mother, Margie …

Protesters challenge New West pastor on anti-trans campaign

More than 50 protesters gathered silently in the snow outside New West Community Church on Sunday, March 5, 2017, to mark their opposition to Paul …

Canada’s immigration department acknowledges drop in LGBT refugees from Iran

Canada’s federal immigration department has acknowledged it resettled fewer LGBT Iranians from Turkey, in order to make space for the late-2015 …

Canadian passports could set new global standard on gender markers

Following a human-rights investigation, the federal government might be compelled to offer a third-gender option on passports, Xtra has learned. Rory …

If the Liberal government abandons hundreds of LGBT refugees, does anyone care?

What would you do?<p>Imagine for a moment that you were a gay teenager living under a regime that executes people like you. That when your family found …

Same-sex love in the saddle: the homosexual world of the American frontier

Forget <i>Brokeback Mountain</i> — what if our perceptions of cowboys as macho, invincibly heterosexual, homophobic manly-men are all wrong?<p>The 19th-century …