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Peter LaBarbera, arrested in Canada on April 14, 2014.

Anti-gay hate group leader back to U.S. after spending night in jail in Canada

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
NAPIER, Illinois -- Anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera is back home in Illinois after spending 24 hours in custody in Canada for demonstrating against homosexuality and abortion at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan. [ Read more → ]
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U.S. anti-gay hate group leader Peter LaBarbera arrested in Canada

Monday, April 14, 2014
REGINA, Saskatchewan -- Peter LaBarbera, the leader of the anti-gay hate group Americans for Truth about Homosexuality (AFTAH), was arrested Monday at the University of Regina for violating a no trespass instruction given by campus security officials. [ Read more → ]
Douglas Spady

Police identify suspect they say raped, robbed Canadian visitor he met on Grindr

Saturday, April 12, 2014
PHILADELPHIA -- Police in Philadelphia have identified the man they say sexually assaulted, beat and robbed a Canadian tourist after the two men met on Grindr. [ Read more → ]
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Hate group leader Peter LaBarbera detained at Canadian airport

Friday, April 11, 2014
REGINA, Saskatchewan -- The leader of a U.S.-based anti-gay group was detained by Canadian Border Services officials on Thursday at the Regina, Saskatchewan airport. [ Read more → ]
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Canadian visitor assaulted, beaten, robbed after meeting man on Grindr

Friday, April 11, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- A Canadian man visiting Philadelphia for an education conference says he was sexually assaulted, beaten and robbed after meeting another man on the gay hookup app Grindr. [ Read more → ]
Arland Bruce (left) and Bryant Turner Jr.

Canadian Football League players fined for anti-gay tweets about Michael Sam

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
MONTREAL -- The Canadian Football League fined two players Tuesday for making inappropriate comments about openly gay NFL prospect Michael Sam. [ Read more → ]
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Toronto mayor demands rainbow flag be removed from city hall

Friday, February 7, 2014
TORONTO -- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford wants a rainbow flag flying at City Hall protesting Russia's law restricting gay rights activities to be removed. [ Read more → ]
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Canadian law school approved despite plan enforce ban on ‘gay intimacy’

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Scott Jones

What the attack on Scott Jones tells us about fear and courage

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
This violent attack didn’t happen in a notoriously anti-gay country such as Russia, Jamaica or Uganda. This happened in Canada, one of the gay-friendliest countries in the world where anti-discrimination laws have been in effect since 1998. And the province of Nova Scotia is no exception to its country’s rules. So what does this attack tell us? It tells us what the other senseless hate crimes have told us this year: that we are not yet in a position to let down our guard even on the streets we call home. And that is tragic... [ Read more → ]
Scott Jones

Canadian man left paralyzed from the waist down in alleged anti-gay attack

Saturday, October 12, 2013
NEW GLASGOW, N.S. -- A Canadian man attacked outside a lounge in Nova Scotia early Saturday morning has been left paralyzed from the waist down in what friends and family are calling an anti-gay hate crime. [ Read more → ]
Rohit Singh (left) and Colin Peace outside Jenny's Bridal Boutique in Saskatoon.Photo: Liam Richards via The Canadian Press

Settlement reached with bridal shop that denied service to transgender bride

Friday, September 13, 2013
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan -- The owner of a Canadian bridal shop has agreed to make donations to two local charities as part of a settlement mediated by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission to resolve a complaint that it refused service to a transgender woman. [ Read more → ]
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Canada says it will favor refugee claims by gay Russians

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
SURREY, British Columbia -- Canada’s Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said Monday that the country's refugee board will favorably review asylum claims by LGBT people fleeing persecution in Russia. [ Read more → ]
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Tim Hortons blames website censorship on vendor after boycott threatened

Friday, July 19, 2013
TORONTO -- Tim Hortons, the Ontario-based coffee and doughnut house with more than 3,500 locations in Canada and the U.S., said Friday it has lifted a block of a popular Canadian LGBT news website from its in-store Wi-fi under pressure from gay rights advocates who vowed to launch a boycott of the chain. [ Read more → ]
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Transgender rights bill appoved by Canadian Senate committee

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada -- A bill that would add gender identity to the list of classes protected from discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act cleared a Senate committee on Monday. [ Read more → ]
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Edmonton base first Canadian military installation to raise LGBT pride flag

Sunday, June 9, 2013
EDMONTON, Alberta -- In a ceremony attended by senior military officers and civilian members of the LGBT community, the rainbow pride flag was raised at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton, and will remain this week to coincide with Edmonton's LGBT Pride Festival. [ Read more → ]
Rohit Singh (left) and Colin Peace outside Jenny's Bridal Boutique in Saskatoon.Photo: Liam Richards via The Canadian Press

Protesters rally outside bridal shop for denying service to transgender woman

Sunday, May 5, 2013
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan -- Dozens of transgender activists and allies gathered outside a Canadian bridal shop on Saturday to show support for a woman who said she was refused service at the store because she is transgender. [ Read more → ]
Andrew Ciastek

Realtor fired after distributing anti-gay flyer promoting ‘traditional’ families

Saturday, May 4, 2013
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — A Canadian real estate agent who distributed anti-gay marketing flyers promoting “traditional” families as "best for the future of the kids” has been terminated, according to his employer. [ Read more → ]
Local resident Jon McDonald holding the anti-gay Re/Max flyer.Photo: Rob Beintema, via The Toronto Star

Canadian real estate agent under fire for distributing anti-gay flyer

Thursday, May 2, 2013
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario -- A Canadian real estate agent has come came under fire for distributing a flyer that promotes "traditional" families and cited a controversial study by a University of Texas researcher that criticizes same-sex parents. [ Read more → ]
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Canadian couple closing restaurant due to anti-gay abuse by townsfolk

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
MORRIS, Manitoba, Canada -- A gay couple in Canada said they are closing their Manitoba restaurant after just four months because of ongoing anti-gay abuse leveled against them and their employees by local residents. [ Read more → ]
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Canada’s House of Commons approves transgender rights bill

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
OTTAWA -- Canada's House of Commons on Wednesday passed a bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against transgender people. The bill now goes to the Senate, which is unelected and is expected to approve it. [ Read more → ]
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Canada kick starts funding for gay rights initiatives in Uganda

Friday, March 8, 2013
OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada -- A Canadian foreign affairs official acknowledged Friday that there are ongoing efforts to fund grassroots Ugandan LGBTQ advocacy organizations who are battling efforts by the Ugandan Parliament to pass that country’s proposed anti-homosexuality bill. [ Read more → ]
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Canadian Supreme Court: Anti-gay flyers violated hate speech law

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
OTTAWA, Ontario -- Canada's highest court on Wednesday upheld provisions against hate speech in the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code in a case of an anti-gay preacher who distributed homophobic flyers in the province. [ Read more → ]
Kathleen Wynne

Ontario elects Canada’s first openly gay premier

Sunday, January 27, 2013
TORONTO -- Canada's most populous province is getting its first female premier and the country's first openly gay premier after the provincial Liberals chose a new leader. [ Read more → ]
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Canadian PSA asks why ‘faggot’ is still considered an acceptable word

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada -- The University of Alberta team behind the “No Homophobes” campaign has launched a Public Service Announcement aimed at discouraging the use of anti-gay slurs that can be demeaning to those in the LGBT community. [ Read more → ]
Aubrey Levin

Canadian ‘gay cure’ doctor to stand trial for sexually assaulting patients

Friday, October 12, 2012
Aubrey Levin, a Canadian psychiatrist and longtime proponent of so-called “ex-gay” therapy, will face charges in Calgary next week that he sexually assaulted male patients. A jury ruled Tuesday that he was fit to stand trial, despite Levin’s claims that he suffers from the early stages of dementia. [ Read more → ]
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