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What High School Is Like for Transgender Students

“I don’t want to say that it gets better because I am not sure that it does.”<p>Emme, a transgender high school student, first started struggling with her gender identity when she was around 11 or 12 years old, she says. When she started going through puberty and her body began changing physically, …

Transgender

Sex-ed isn't going to turn you gay

It was not surprising to me that Doug Ford won the Ontario election. With all the tension around social justice issues lately, such as the anti-LGBTQ …

Group making incendiary claim about GSAs backs social conservative causes

As was widely reported yesterday, a judge of the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench will begin hearing arguments in Medicine Hat today in a legal effort …

United Conservative Party

LGBTQ students at The King’s University host the Christian school’s first Pride Week

Twenty years ago, The King’s University in Edmonton found notoriety after it fired staff member Delwin Vriend for being gay – a decision that would …

Alberta judge dismisses bid to place gay-straight alliance law on hold

A judge has dismissed an injunction that sought to put a hold on an Alberta law blocking schools from informing parents if their children have joined …

Republican bill would force teachers to ‘report’ boys to their parents if they aren’t manly enough

A Republican-backed bill in Ohio would force teachers to out children to their parents if they do not conform to the “manner” of their “biological …

How to support your LGBTQ friends and family | Explore | Awesome Activities & Fun Facts

<i>Photo © touchafid</i><p>June is widely considered the official month of Pride. But what does that mean exactly? Well, it’s a movement for people in the …

Teen who organized 1st Pride parade in Owen Sound, Ont., gets phone call from Justin Trudeau

TORONTO — A teenager behind an Ontario town’s first Pride parade was still getting over his surprise on Thursday at having found himself taking a …

More youth are identifying as ‘pansexual.’ Here’s what the term means.

"Being pansexual, to me, is loving someone for their soul and connecting on a level that isn’t directly physical."<p>No, it’s not a sexual attraction to …

Bisexual Canadians more likely to experience violence: Statistics Canada report

A new report from Statistics Canada shows bisexual people in Canada experience a higher rate of violence compared gay and lesbian people.

Brain scans of Transgender people show they neurologically relate to the sex they identify with

Gender studies are leaving the college halls and heading into the lab. Increasingly, there have been more rigorous studies in how transgender people …

The Brain

Brain Scans of Transgender Youth Could Put an End to Gender Dysphoria

Brain imaging could change everything for transgender youth.<p>Approximately 1.4 million Americans are transgender. Despite scientific evidence to the …

Eskasoni school welcomes 100 students to its first two-spirited conference

ESKASONI, N.S. — Sherise Gould says Aboriginal culture is rooted in diversity.<p>“Our ancestors believed in two-spirits and they believed in two-spirits …

High School

What does non-binary mean and how does identifying as genderqueer differ from agender or genderfluid?

NON-Binary is an umbrella term which can refer to a range of identities on the gender spectrum.<p>Here's the lowdown on a few of the terms which relate …

Ontario issues first non-binary 'X' birth certificate

A Vancouver filmmaker and writer has received Ontario’s first non-binary birth certificate.

LGBTQI

Sex, Sport, and Why Track and Field’s New Rules on Intersex Athletes Are Essential

Last week, track and field’s world governing body limited entry into women’s events to athletes who have testosterone levels that are capable of being produced solely by ovaries.<p>These rules apply across the board to athletes however they presented at birth. Advocates for intersex and transgender …

Texas art teacher suspended after making plea for LGBTI inclusion

A popular art teacher in Texas was suspended in September after she asked school officials to consider adding LGBTI-inclusive language to the school …

Change in gender norms brings a pronoun revolution

Corey Prachniak-Rincón self-identifies as genderqueer because “male” just doesn’t seem sufficient. Born male and married to a man, Prachniak-Rincón …

Boston

New guidelines for Quebec schools to support trans and gender non-conforming students

High school can be hard enough to navigate for teens, but coming out as gay, gender non-conforming or transgender can add another challenging layer …

What It Means To Be Asexual, Bicurious — & Other Sexualities You Need To Know

When we think about sexual orientation, what probably comes to mind for most people are the three listed in the well-known acronym: LGBT. That's …

Bisexuality

Rise of the ‘digisexual’ as virtual reality bypasses need for human intimacy

The lexicon of sexual orientations has already given us ‘demisexuality’, ‘pansexuality’ and ‘bicurious.’<p>But according to experts, we will soon see the rise of ‘digisexuals’ - people whose sexual appetites are predominantly satisfied by the virtual world.<p>Already, robotic sex dolls which move and …

After gender neutral conversion, Sturgeon students ask for more gender specific bathrooms

Students at Sturgeon Composite say the bathroom situation at their high school needs to change, and better reflect the needs of the majority after …

Gender-Neutral

What Does It Mean To Be Skoliosexual?

When it comes to the vocabulary used to define gender and sexual orientation, it can be difficult to keep track of exactly which words people are …

LGBTQI

Alberta NDP and UCP adopt opposite strategies on gay-straight alliances

David J. Climenhaga | November 10, 2017<br>The results of Tuesday's elections in the not-entirely-dissimilar republic next door are suggestive of …

Chilliwack school trustee: letting kids choose their gender is ‘child abuse’

A trustee who has served on Chilliwack’s school board for over two decades faced heavy criticism on social media after a Facebook post in which he …

LGBTQI

Catholic school sex-ed plan as advertised won't ever be taught, premier says

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says an alternative sex education curriculum being crafted by Catholic school officials will never be taught if it …

Uruguay’s 1st transgender senator seated, vows protections

Michelle Suarez became Uruguay’s first transgender senator Tuesday, vowing to use her position to expand and protect the rights of transgender people …

LGBTQI

Outrage after Calgary school board trustee candidate blames LGBTQ for Edmonton terror attack

Many say it’s a sign of abusing democracy. A Calgary woman running for the public position of school board trustee in wards 12 and 14 is getting a …

School Administration

Transgender training now mandatory for Ontario minor hockey coaches

Education on transgender athletes is mandatory for all of Ontario’s minor hockey coaches, trainers and managers this season, the latest step in a …

Human Rights

Transgender Hockey Player Postpones Hormone Treatment To Keep Playing

Last year, Harrison Browne was done with the National Women's Hockey League, retiring at age 23 in order to undergo hormone therapy and surgery as part of his physical gender transition.<p>But earlier this month, Browne, a transgender man, made a surprising announcement: He would delay his medical …