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Vancouver Catholic school district enacts transgender policy

| Saturday, July 19, 2014
Tracey-Wilson
VANCOUVER, B.C. -- A Catholic school district has approved a policy to accommodate transgender children, believed to be the first of its kind by a Catholic school in North America. The Vancouver Archdiocese made the move following a human rights complaint by the family of an 11-year-old transgender girl.

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Toronto mayor Rob Ford casts lone vote against LGBT homeless shelter proposal

| Saturday, July 12, 2014
Rob Ford
TORONTO -- Mayor Rob Ford was the lone member of the Toronto city council to vote against a proposal to examine the need for additional shelter for homeless LGBT youth in Toronto. The measure passed by Thursday by a vote of 37-1, reported the CBC.

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Season of Pride: Hundreds marry at Toronto’s Grand Pride Wedding

| Sunday, June 29, 2014
Texas residents Bonn Brown (left) and Craighton Cooper (right) were married along with 114 other LGBTQ couples as part of World Pride 2014's Grand Pride Wedding in Toronto, June 26, 2014.
TORONTO -- More than one hundred same-sex couples gathered for a mass wedding on Thursday as part of Toronto's World Pride festivities, which wraps up today with a parade consisting of more than 12,000 marchers and over 200,000 spectators. For many, the highlight of this year's World Pride was the Grand Pride Wedding, believed to be the largest ...

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Graduating students sport rainbow socks in support of gay-straight alliance

| Thursday, June 5, 2014
Courtesy Leslie Leong, via CBC
WHITEHORSE, Yukon -- More than half of the graduating students at a Catholic school in Canada wore rainbow socks at their graduation ceremony over the weekend to support their school's newly formed gay-straight alliance.

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Canadian judge rules surgery requirement violates transgender rights

| Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Alberta-Canada
EDMONTON, Alberta -- A judge in Canada has ruled that a provincial law requiring transgender individuals to undergo gender reassignment surgery before they can change their birth certificates is unconstitutional and can no longer be enforced.

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Toronto mayor demands rainbow flag be removed from city hall

| Friday, February 7, 2014
APRob Ford
TORONTO -- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford wants a rainbow flag flying at City Hall protesting Russia's law restricting gay rights activities to be removed.

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Gay man stabbed to death in Belize, family says it’s a ‘hate crime’

| Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Joseph Jatnel Sanchez
BELIZE CITY, Belize -- A gay man was stabbed to death and dumped on the side of a street in Belize City early Sunday morning, and family members are calling it a "hate crime."

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Gay prisoner in Mexico blinded following attack by cellmate who gouged his eyes

| Monday, January 13, 2014
Héctor Jonathan Franco Martínez
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- A gay prisoner in Mexico remains hospitalized and recovering from injuries after his cellmate gouged out his eyes.

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Canadian law school approved despite plan enforce ban on ‘gay intimacy’

| Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Trinity Western University
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The B.C. government has approved the creation of a new law school at Trinity Western University in Langley B.C., despite concerns from gay rights advocates over its plans to enforce a policy prohibiting “gay intimacy” among staff and students.

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Amnesty International: Gay rights office in Haiti attacked, two beaten

| Wednesday, November 27, 2013
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Amnesty International says the office of a gay rights group in Haiti has been ransacked and two of its members beaten.

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