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Canadian man receives apology for yearbook’s anti-gay slur — 42 years later

Sunday, October 7, 2012
A Canadian man has finally received an apology for a gay slur published in his high school yearbook -- 42 years ago. Robin Tomlin says he's been haunted for years after his high school yearbook committee printed the word "fag" next to his picture in the 1970 yearbook. [ Read more → ]

Transgender students get protection in Toronto schools while MP introduces anti-trans ‘bathroom bill’

Saturday, October 6, 2012
TORONTO, Ontario, Canada -- The Toronto District School Board announced Thursday that it has introduced a new set of guidelines to ensure transgender equality for students and staff in the district's 600 schools. [ Read more → ]
Jason Jenney

Canadian Immigration Minister’s email to LGBT community sparks privacy complaints

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada -- An email titled "LGBT Refugees from Iran," sent from Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney's office has raised concerns about privacy issues and whether the private information of Canadians may be used for partisan purposes. [ Read more → ]
Andre Noel Denney

Trial of psychiatric patient charged in murder of Halifax gay rights activist postponed

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
HALIFAX, N.S., Canada -- The trail of a Canadian psychiatric patient charged with second-degree murder in the beating death of Raymond Taavel, a prominent activist in Halifax's gay community, has been postponed. [ Read more → ]
Chevi Rabbit

Edmonton student leads ‘no hate’ march following anti-gay attack

Sunday, August 5, 2012
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Chevi Rabbit, a 26-year-old Canadian university student, led a no-hate march and rally in Edmonton on Thursday — nearly a month after he was allegedly attacked because of his sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
Thiago Derucio was told he could not rent an apartment with his boyfriend because they are gay.

Gay couple files complaint after being denied apartment in Canada

Thursday, August 2, 2012
TORONTO -- A gay couple is filing a human rights complaint against a rental agent in Brampton after she denied them an apartment because the landlord does not want to rent the property to gay people. [ Read more → ]
Brian Thomas and Shaun Eadie

Tribunal: Christian inn owners discriminated against gay couple

Friday, July 20, 2012
VANCOUVER, B.C. -- A British Columbia Human Rights tribunal has ordered the owners of a now-closed Bed and Breakfast to pay $4,500 in damages and expenses to a same-sex couple for refusing them accommodations because they are gay. [ Read more → ]

Ontario’s legislative assembly approves anti-bullying bill

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
TORONTO, Ontario -- The Accepting Schools Act, an anti-bullying measure also known as Bill 13, passed through the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on Tuesday by a vote of 65-36. [ Read more → ]

Canadian porn actor arrested in Berlin for murder, dismemberment of man he once dated

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
A Canadian porn actor accused of the grisly murder of a Chinese man studying in Montreal that he once dated, was taken into custody in Berlin Monday, following an international manhunt. [ Read more → ]

‘Church vs. State’ showdown sparked by dispute over gay-straight alliances

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
TORONTO -- A dispute over the use of the term "gay-straight alliance" in Ontario schools has prompted the Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto on Monday to accuse Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty's administration of making “religious freedom . . . a second-class right.” [ Read more → ]
Raymond Taavel

Prominent Canadian LGBT activist, journalist murdered in Nova Scotia

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia -- A prominent Canadian LGBT activist and journalist was found beaten to death outside a popular gay bar in Halifax early Tuesday morning. Raymond Taavel, 49, the former editor of the LGBT magazine "Wayves" and former co-chair of PrideWeek Halifax, was found bleeding and unconscious. He died at the scene. [ Read more → ]
Jenna Talackova

New rules at Miss Universe: transgender women welcome in all pageants

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The Miss Universe Organization on Tuesday announced that it is changing its rules and will allow transgender women to take part in all of its competitions starting in 2013. [ Read more → ]
Paul Cameron

Family Research Institute: Gay Rights have ‘Doomed’ Canada

Friday, April 6, 2012
Paul Cameron’s Family Research Institute knows what is to blame for Canada’s declining fertility rate…gay rights, of course! In the group’s March memo, the FRI claims that gay rights have contributed to the “decline” of birth rates in the West and is threatening the “future for society.” [ Read more → ]
Gloria Allred (left) and Jenna

Trump overrules rejection of transgender Miss Universe Canada contestant

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
U.S. businessman Donald Trump, owner of the Miss Universe Organization, on Tuesday overruled a decision by pageant officials, and said a transgender contestant will be allowed to compete in the Miss Universe Canada competition. [ Read more → ]
Jenna Talackova

Transgender contestant may be allowed back into Miss Universe pageant

Monday, April 2, 2012
A transgender beauty pageant contestant who was disqualified last week from the Miss Universe Canada competition after the organizers discovered that she had undergone surgery to become a woman, may be allowed to re-enter the competition if she can prove she meets the “legal gender recognition requirements," pageant organizers announced Monday. [ Read more → ]
Jenna Talackova

Miss Universe drops transgender woman for not being ‘naturally born’

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
A beauty pageant contestant has been disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada competition after the organizers discovered that she had undergone surgery to become a woman. Pageant organizers said that according to official rules, each contestant must be a "naturally born female." [ Read more → ]

Muslim lesbians fight deportation in Canada in fear of ‘honor killing’

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
TORONTO -- An Arab-Israeli lesbian couple, who fled to Canada from Israel in fear of death at the hands of their Muslim family have been told they can remain in Canada for another chance at receiving asylum. [ Read more → ]

Canada seeks to reassure gay couples that marriages are not in jeopardy

Thursday, January 12, 2012
The Canadian Minister Of Justice, Rob Nicholson, on Thursday afternoon announced that the Canadian government will re-work the current marriage law to allow non-resident couples married in Canada to obtain divorces, and in a statement said, "I want to be very clear that the government has no intention of reopening the debate on the definition of marriage." [ Read more → ]

Lady Gaga sends anti-bullying message to Toronto high school students

Friday, November 25, 2011
Students at the Etobicoke School of the Arts, a specialized public arts and academic high school in Toronto, broke into cheering and wild applause on Friday when the student council president debuted a personal video from Lady Gaga aimed at encouraging an end to bullying. [ Read more → ]
Glen Murray

Canadian Member of Parliament: No reason for politicians to remain closeted

Monday, November 7, 2011
The suicide of 15-year-old Jamie Hubley last month -- the Ottawa teenager who had suffered from being bullied -- has renewed a fierce and politically charged debate in Canadian society: Do public figures, as role models for youth, have a responsibility to out themselves? [ Read more → ]

Pair of inseparable ‘gay’ penguins to be separated and paired with females

Monday, November 7, 2011
Zoo keepers in Toronto are planning to separate a pair of inseparable, and -- according to some zoo staffers -- "gay" male penguins so that they can be paired with females for breeding. [ Read more → ]

Canadian LGBTQ advocacy group calls for full review on issue of youth suicide

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
TORONTO -- Egale Canada -- the Canadian national LGBT human rights organization -- has written to the Chief Coroner for the province of Ontario, Dr. Andrew McCallum, requesting a full coroner's review on the issue of LGBTQ youth suicide. [ Read more → ]

University Dean calls for teaching acceptance of LGBTQ students in Canadian schools

Sunday, October 23, 2011
REGINA, Saskatchewan, Canada -- Teaching acceptance of LGBTQ students needs to be part of the school curriculum in Canada because the majority of bullying in schools is centered in homophobic attitudes, says James McNinch, Dean of Education at the University of Regina. [ Read more → ]
John Baird

Canadian Parliament calls for acceptance, tolerance in wake of gay teen’s suicide

Friday, October 21, 2011
In a speech before the House Of Commons on Thursday, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, told the gathered Members of Parliament and ministers that there is no place in the nation's schools for the bullying that drove an openly a gay Ottawa teen take his own life. [ Read more → ]

Another gay teen suicide: It’s not bullying — it’s school mugging

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I am so fed up with writing the same story — over and over and over again. This madness has to stop, and the first way we decrease these tragedies is to stop minimizing the torment and harassment by reducing it to mere bullying. [ Read more → ]
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