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Cowichan Conversations: For the countless Canadians humiliated by anti-gay policies, healing can finally begin

Svend Robinson was Canada’s first openly gay MP. He is now based in Geneva with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. Originally published in the Globe & Mail Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: For the countless Canadians humiliated by anti-gay policies, healing can finally begin

The Canadian Progressive: Tim Hortons blocks customers’ WiFi access to gay and lesbian website

Last week, Canadian coffee titan Tim Hortons blocked the website of popular gay and lesbian newspaper Xtra from its public WiFi network.

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The Canadian Progressive: Marriage equality becomes law in England and Wales

Marriage equality became law in England and Wales after Queen Elizabeth granted Royal Assent to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill last Wednesday.

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The Canadian Progressive: Jason Collins’ ex-fiancée says gay announcement is “a lot to process” (VIDEO)

On Monday, NBA player Jason Collins announced he’s gay. Carolyn Moos, a former WNBA player who dated him for 8 years, tells CNN’s Piers Morgan the announcement is “a lot to…

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Art Threat: Tillett Wright’s million shades of gay

When Tillett Wright began her photographic project, Self Evident Truths, back in 2010 she didn’t expect the groundswell of requests for photographs that she ended up receiving. She originally wanted to shoot 4-5,000 people, but the response has led her to increase her goal to 10,000 people.

“I basically decided to photograph anyone in . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Tillett Wright’s million shades of gay

Pample the Moose: Canadian Queer History in the Making – Kathleen Wynne

Ontario’s Liberal party – struggling on so many fronts these days – nevertheless made history yesterday in selecting Kathleen Wynne as their new leader, and by extension, the new Premier of the province.  The second woman to head the Ontario Liber… . . . → Read More: Pample the Moose: Canadian Queer History in the Making – Kathleen Wynne

Pample the Moose: Canadian Queer History in the Making – Kathleen Wynne

Ontario’s Liberal party – struggling on so many fronts these days – nevertheless made history yesterday in selecting Kathleen Wynne as their new leader, and by extension, the new Premier of the province.  The second woman to head the Ontario Liberals, Wynne will become the first woman to be Ontario’s Premier.  And more excitingly for . . . → Read More: Pample the Moose: Canadian Queer History in the Making – Kathleen Wynne

Death By Trolley: Is belief in God a choice?

The following satirical video, “Gay Scientists Isolate Christian Gene”, pokes fun at the concept of a “gay gene” and religious opposition to homosexuality.

The proportion of people who believe that homosexuality is chosen is decreasing. That’s not to imply that homosexuality is the phenotype expressed by a “gay gene”. Just that whatever makes one . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: Is belief in God a choice?

Cowichan Conversations: Fiery Missouri Preacher Delivers Strong Statements About Gays and Lesbians To Council!

Fiery Missouri Preacher Delivers Strong Statements About Gays and Lesbians To Springfield, Ohio Council! Listen all the way through, the best is at the end! Read a News-Leader account below.

Here is what the local paper reported on these August 2013 meetings. How do you think such a motion would be received at the . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Fiery Missouri Preacher Delivers Strong Statements About Gays and Lesbians To Council!

Art Threat: Finding (Queer) Time – Book review: First Spring Grass Fire by Rae Spoon

Rae Spoon (Photo: JJ Levine)

In his remarkable 2009 text, Cruising Utopia, José Esteban Muñoz fixates on the ways in which queer bodies exist outside of and subvert what he calls “straight time.” Straight time, for Muñoz, is what tells queers that “there is no future but the here and now of . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Finding (Queer) Time – Book review: First Spring Grass Fire by Rae Spoon

Things Are Good: In New York City Gay Marriage is Worth $259 Million

You read that correctly, a $259 million (USD) boom in New York City’s economy is thanks to respecting human rights! Changing the law to reflect reality and letting homosexuals marry one another has generated some needed economic growth for the local economy. All of this in just one year!

“Marriage equality has made our City . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: In New York City Gay Marriage is Worth $259 Million

Art Threat: Invocation of the Queer Spirits – Book review: Queer Spirits by AA Bronson and Peter Hobbs

Invocation of the Queer Spirits (Governor’s Island) – AA Bronson

There is always a certain magic to be found in the moment of queering. As bodies are opened to unsanctioned desires and sensations, tense moments of wonder unfold before them. Static charges crackle and spark as genders and sexualities are peeled away . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Invocation of the Queer Spirits – Book review: Queer Spirits by AA Bronson and Peter Hobbs

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Anderson Cooper: “The Fact Is, I’m Gay”

A couple of years ago, a friend swore to me that the CNN’s Anderson Cooper was gay. And that it was a matter of time before he came out. I argued that Cooper would be gay only after he’d publicly confirmed that he was gay. The essence of the conversation is that my friend I . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Anderson Cooper: “The Fact Is, I’m Gay”

Art Threat: The Hole Truth and Nothing but the Truth

The Hole Truth comes in two parts: altered US flags and drawings on vintage police shooting targets.

In order to create his first show at envoy enterprises, German-born, New-York based artist Brian Kenny created a series with the Hole Truth that reconstructs iconic objects in his effort to reflect on what it means . . . → Read More: Art Threat: The Hole Truth and Nothing but the Truth

Big boys in big girls’ shoes: the significance of Sharon Needles & RuPaul’s Drag Race

It’s not easy to explain how RuPaul’s Drag Race – especially season 4 – is more than just a bunch of big boys in big girls’ heels, to paraphrase contestant Willam Belli.

On one level, the appeal of Drag Race is simply that it’s a really entertaining reality show, smart enough to adopt the good . . . → Read More: Big boys in big girls’ shoes: the significance of Sharon Needles & RuPaul’s Drag Race

Pample the Moose: Bill 13’s passage, GSAs and the Catholic Church

Bill 13, Ontario’s anti-bullying legislation, passed third reading in the legislature today.  The bill obtained 65 votes in support from the Liberal and NDP members, and 36 votes against from the Conservatives.

I’m quite pleased that this legislation passed in the final form that it assumed, which incorporated amendments giving students the right to call . . . → Read More: Pample the Moose: Bill 13’s passage, GSAs and the Catholic Church

Pample the Moose: Bill 13’s passage, GSAs and the Catholic Church

Bill 13, Ontario’s anti-bullying legislation, passed third reading in the legislature today.  The bill obtained 65 votes in support from the Liberal and NDP members, and 36 votes against from the Conservatives.I’m quite pleased that this legislati… . . . → Read More: Pample the Moose: Bill 13’s passage, GSAs and the Catholic Church

Five of Five: Gay is the Word

I was in the gym tonight when Toronto Archbishop Tom Collins came on the television. The Ontario government is currently fine tuning proposed anti-bullying legislation, which of course affects catholic schools. The legislation would allow students to form anti-bullying, anti-homophobic groups, sometimes known as Gay-Straight Alliances. The issue right now seems to be the use . . . → Read More: Five of Five: Gay is the Word

Pample the Moose: Dalton McGuinty, GSAs and Catholic Schools – A rose by an ambiguous name

Over the past several days, Bill 13, the Accepting Schools Act, 2012 has been in committee hearings. This is the provincial government’s anti-bullying legislation, meant to provide support groups in schools for various groups of students that have bee… . . . → Read More: Pample the Moose: Dalton McGuinty, GSAs and Catholic Schools – A rose by an ambiguous name

Pample the Moose: Dalton McGuinty, GSAs and Catholic Schools – A rose by an ambiguous name

Over the past several days, Bill 13, the Accepting Schools Act, 2012 has been in committee hearings. This is the provincial government’s anti-bullying legislation, meant to provide support groups in schools for various groups of students that have been victims of bullying, but, when it comes right down to it, is aimed to provide protections . . . → Read More: Pample the Moose: Dalton McGuinty, GSAs and Catholic Schools – A rose by an ambiguous name

People focus: Ricky Martin – Out and Happy

After the death of Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch, I have decided to create a new article where I focus every so often on a person who has not only done something amazing socially and politically but also someone’s whose personal life can be seen as a great example. Meaning, I want to focus on those . . . → Read More: People focus: Ricky Martin – Out and Happy

Left Over: On Irony….

It is more than just a little ironic that the first black president in US history is hesitant about giving support to the concept of legalizing, or legitimizing, the right to universal marriage .

I hate the term ‘gay’ used as some sort of blanket coverage for LGBT issues, as if such a light-hearted term . . . → Read More: Left Over: On Irony….

Five of Five: Dan Savage and the Economist

A few days ago the Economist magazine ran a short opinion piece on the Dan Savage “bible bullshit” speech and the predictable reaction that followed from the religious right. A good number of atheist and humanist bloggers that I read were not entirely happy with the Economist’s comments. I think this is because they focused . . . → Read More: Five of Five: Dan Savage and the Economist

Five of Five: Dan Savage and Some High School Kids

Dan Savage is talking to some high school age kids at a conference about journalism. When the subject turns to homosexuality in the bible a bunch of them walk out. By walking out they are making a public statement that they don’t mind being on the wrong side of history and rationality.

They would make . . . → Read More: Five of Five: Dan Savage and Some High School Kids

Art Threat: Some kind of monster – Film screening cancelled amid unsubstantiated copyright fears

Canadian filmmaker and activist John Greyson is no stranger to controversy — whether haranguing Justin Bieber to pull concerts scheduled for Israel, supporting queer film festivals in hostile environments, or scuffling with TIFF over the erasure of occupation in special programming, the prolific auteur has seen his share of messy cultural politics.

Yet . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Some kind of monster – Film screening cancelled amid unsubstantiated copyright fears