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APRob Ford

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 → ]
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 → ]

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 → ]

Toronto Blue Jays’ Yunel Escobar suspended for homophobic slur

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
NEW YORK -- The Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday announced that shortstop Yunel Escobar has been suspended from play in this week’s three-game series against the New York Yankees for displaying an anti-gay slur written on his eye black strips during last Saturday's home game against the Boston Red Sox. [ Read more → ]
Yunel Escobar, during a game Sept. 15 against the Boston Red Sox.

Toronto Blue Jays’ Yunel Escobar: Anti-gay slur causes outrage

Monday, September 17, 2012
TORONTO, Ontario, Cananda -- Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar took to the diamond Saturday during a game with the Boston Red Sox with "You are a faggot" written in Spanish on his eye black strips. [ 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 → ]

‘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 → ]

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 → ]

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 → ]
Bilal Philips

Islamic religious scholar: Gays in Islamic countries ‘must be killed’

Monday, July 4, 2011
As the annual Toronto Pride parade worked its way through the city's LGBTQ community on Sunday, an Islamic religious scholar addressing a 9,000-strong crowd at the annual Journey of Faith Islamic conference said that, in countries governed by Islamic law, homosexuals caught in the act should be executed. [ Read more → ]

Critics say Toronto Pride video promotes stereotypes, gay ‘shame’

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Critics of a new promotional video for Toronto Pride 2011 say that its focus on gay stereotypes "sets the movement back" by doing more harm than good. [ Read more → ]
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