Dented Blue Mercedes: Pitting “identity politics” against class struggle is backwards, and the path to self-defeat

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that one of the first things America’s political left would do during the 2016 election post-mortem is to attack minority groups like trans* people, and “identity politics.” That narrative says Americans decided a potential fascist (when you consider his policy proposals, unilateral rhetoric, media manipulation and stoking of hatred) ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Owen Jones highlights the toxic stress and other health problems borne disproportionately by members of the LGBT community who face systematic discrimination. And Tayla Smith and Jaitra Sathyandran discuss how temporary foreign workers (and others facing precarious work situations) tend to suffer preventable harm to their health ...

The Canadian Progressive: Orlando shooting: Is there a link between being in the closet and being homophobic?

This research-based piece discusses the possibility that Orlando shooter Omar Mateen was motivated by a struggle with his own homosexuality, Islam and parental pressure. The post Orlando shooting: Is there a link between being in the closet and being homophobic? appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Dented Blue Mercedes: Canada’s forthcoming “drop your pants” trans* blood donation policy

In addition to reducing the required wait time between having sex and donating blood to one year for gay men, Canadian Blood Services is poised to release its first-ever guidance on how CBS personnel should respond to potential trans* donors: if it’s in you to give, then drop your pants.  While the policy has not yet been ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the American Horror Story

In one of last posts I told you how shocked most LGBT Americans were to hear themselves described as Donald Trump's newest supporters.With that ghastly bigot now claiming that after the Orlando massacre, gay people hate Muslims as much as he does.Even though that's nonsense.So I'm glad to see that Hillary Clinton is trying to ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Ask The Gays Outrage

As if it hasn't been a brutal enough week for the LBGT community. So many deaths, so much grief.And so much anger over the way people like Donald Trump are using their tragedy and their pain to try to hurt others.By whipping up hatred against Muslims, Mexican-Americans, refugees and others, while ignoring the hatred that ...

The Political Road Map: Omar Mateen and the Orlando Massacre

I began sipping my Sunday morning coffee, when upon opening my CBC app, I was confronted with the headline: “Mass Shooting in Florida, 50 Dead, 53 Injured.” Suddenly, my coffee didn’t taste very good anymore; it became bitter and left a feeling of unease in the pit of my stomach. This feeling did not happen ...

The Political Road Map: Omar Mateen and the Orlando Massacre

I began sipping my Sunday morning coffee, when upon opening my CBC app, I was confronted with the headline: “Mass Shooting in Florida, 50 Dead, 53 Injured.” Suddenly, my coffee didn’t taste very good anymore; it became bitter and left a feeling of unease in the pit of my stomach. This feeling did not happen ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Bishops and Reality

Seldom do Alberta’s Bishops allow reality to interfere with their preconceived ideas.  In fact, where Calgary’s Bishop Henry is concerned, the idea of reality seems to exist in another dimension entirely where LGBT rights are concerned.  In his latest tirade, carrying the grandiose title “TOTALITARIANISM IN ALBERTA IV“, is so profoundly riddle with ignorance, hyperbole ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Bishops and Reality

Seldom do Alberta’s Bishops allow reality to interfere with their preconceived ideas.  In fact, where Calgary’s Bishop Henry is concerned, the idea of reality seems to exist in another dimension entirely where LGBT rights are concerned.  In his latest tirade, carrying the grandiose title “TOTALITARIANISM IN ALBERTA IV“, is so profoundly riddle with ignorance, hyperbole ...

The Canadian Progressive: Bryan Adams Boycotts Mississippi’s Anti-LGBT Law, House Bill 1523

Canadian rocker Brian Adams has cancelled his scheduled performance in Mississippi to protest the state’s anti-LGBT ‘Religious Liberty’ law, House Bill 1523. The post Bryan Adams Boycotts Mississippi’s Anti-LGBT Law, House Bill 1523 appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Bruce Springsteen cancels show to protest North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law HB2

Bruce Springsteen has cancelled his weekend concert in protest of HB2, North Carolina’s new anti-LGBT law. The post Bruce Springsteen cancels show to protest North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law HB2 appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Ethics Is Not A Zero Sum Game

With Alberta’s Catholic Bishops having stuck their oar into the secular sphere of public services several times in recent months, making hardline declarations about what their faith supports and does not support.   Let me be clear, I don’t really care if the Catholic Church wants to declare that being LGBT is some kind of ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Ethics Is Not A Zero Sum Game

With Alberta’s Catholic Bishops having stuck their oar into the secular sphere of public services several times in recent months, making hardline declarations about what their faith supports and does not support.   Let me be clear, I don’t really care if the Catholic Church wants to declare that being LGBT is some kind of ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: A Little More For Alberta’s Bishops To Stew On

Since Alberta’s Roman Catholic Bishops seem to have something up their cassocks about transgender students, I thought it would be quite appropriate to post the following article that appeared in Huffington Post  in its entirety: Two and a half years. That’s the average wait time for a transgender child in my region to be seen ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: A Little More For Alberta’s Bishops To Stew On

Since Alberta’s Roman Catholic Bishops seem to have something up their cassocks about transgender students, I thought it would be quite appropriate to post the following article that appeared in Huffington Post  in its entirety: Two and a half years. That’s the average wait time for a transgender child in my region to be seen ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Bishop Henry Returns …

It has been quite some time since I felt a need to address something that Calgary’s Bishop Fred Henry has written.  Then I happened to wander past the Calgary Diocese website and read his latest “pastoral letter” (or whatever his columns on the website are officially known as).  The title is benign enough:  “Heal the Wounds, ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Bishop Henry Returns …

It has been quite some time since I felt a need to address something that Calgary’s Bishop Fred Henry has written.  Then I happened to wander past the Calgary Diocese website and read his latest “pastoral letter” (or whatever his columns on the website are officially known as).  The title is benign enough:  “Heal the Wounds, ...

Joe Fantauzzi: A Brief Note On #Elxn42 And Moving Toward A New Left

This much is clear: with the NDP’s federal collapse last night, the neoliberal Third Way experiment can clearly be declared a failure. But now what? Now, to build ─ not rebuild on a broken foundation. But also this: pillory me as a post-structuralist if you must, but I’m not here for the construction of any next ...

Montreal Simon: The Disgusting Homophobia of Stephen Harper’s Filthy Cons

Stephen Harper has always been a stealthy but vicious enemy of the LGBT community.He has voted against every bill or measure designed to protect their human rights.He believes that being gay is just a choice.And now I see one of his candidates is following in his master's ghastly footsteps.And advocating the torture of gay children.Read more ...

somecanuckchick dot com: These are the types of NDP candidates Thomas Mulcair stands behind…

These are the types of NDP candidates Thomas Mulcair stands behind… Intolerance Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie Alexandre Boulerice says the NDP is against the niqab! [VIDEO, en français!] Mégantic—L’Érable Jean-François Delisle says the NDP should reopen Constitution to deal with the niqab. FYI Jean-François Delisle has backed off his initial statement that the NDP should reopen the ...

Dented Blue Mercedes: Conscience, Human Rights, and a Kentucky Clerk

So inevitably, a blog that’s all about religious freedom would need to comment on the ongoing troubles of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, and her stand against issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  I didn’t want to rush on that right away, because I wanted to do so thoughtfully, and dig underneath the impulsiveness and spin ...

Dented Blue Mercedes: Conscience, Human Rights, and a Kentucky Clerk

So inevitably, a blog that’s all about religious freedom would need to comment on the ongoing troubles of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, and her stand against issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  I didn’t want to rush on that right away, because I wanted to do so thoughtfully, and dig underneath the impulsiveness and spin ...

Montreal Simon: The Day Equality and Love Defeated Bigotry and Hate

The timing couldn't have been better, coming as it did two days before the 46th anniversary of the so-called Stonewall Riots in New York City… The revolt that is principally credited as the beginning of the gay liberation movement in the United States. And is celebrated every year with pride marches all over the world.But millions and ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: That’s A Turnabout

When I first started writing this blog, Michael Coren was a regular target for my ire, especially when he would go off spouting right wing talking points about gay marriage.  Quite frankly, I saw little difference between his columns published in the Sun newspapers and the tirades of his then ally Charles McVety. About a ...