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Canadian family bullied because of their transgender daughter

Sunday, October 5, 2014
Isabella Burgos
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- A Canadian family says they are being bullied because their daughter is transgender and the school district isn't doing enough to stop it. Izzy and Dale Burgos said ever since eight-year-old Isabella was four, she knew she was a girl inside. And that's how she returned to school to start third grade last month -- as a transgender girl.

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General Mills makes bold, pro-gay move with Cheerios ad featuring gay parents

Friday, October 3, 2014
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In its boldest, pro-gay move yet, General Mills is launching a new Cheerios campaign in Canada with a television ad centering around a same-sex couple and their daughter. The “Cheerios Effect” campaign will include nearly a dozen videos on the internet and TV ranging from 15 seconds to three-minute mini-documentaries, all featuring a diverse range of stories across ...

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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: LGBT people, allies celebrate Pride around the world

Sunday, June 29, 2014
Participants celebrate LGBT Pride in London on Saturday, June 28, 2014.
For gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their allies, June is a month of pride and celebration. Around the globe, LGBT Pride Month has been marked with parades and marches, festivals and dances, and in some cases, protests and counter-protests. In the United States, much of the celebrations have focused on a string of victories ...

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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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Arrest made in robbery, rape of tourist who met his attacker on Grindr

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA -- An arrest has been made in an April attack on a Canadian tourist who says he was held at gunpoint and raped in his hotel room by a man he met using the gay hook-up app Grindr. Police arrested 26-year-old Douglass Casey and set bail at $1 million.

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

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Peter LaBarbera, arrested in Canada on April 14, 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.

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U.S. anti-gay hate group leader Peter LaBarbera arrested in Canada

Monday, April 14, 2014
Peter LaBarbera
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.

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