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Susan on the Soapbox: It’s Time to Drag Redneck Alberta Out of the Closet

If a government wants to trample the rights of its citizens it can do so in two ways.

It can violate our fundamental rights by passing legislation that invokes the “notwithstanding clause”—this allows the government to pass laws that expressly violate the fundamental rights guaranteed to us under the Charter and human rights legislation.

Or it can do what the Alberta government did when it rolled faith based schools into the publicly funded school system—it can turn a blind eye to school boards that violate the fundamental rights of staff and students on the basis of their sexual orientation.

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Susan on the Soapbox: Motion 503: Calling all Hypocrites and Homophobes

In the same week that the Alberta government debated and rejected Motion 503, Rob Anderson, Wildrose House Leader, made an emotional plea to put an end to name-calling—specifically “Lake of Fire Party” and “homophobe”.

It was a bizarre week. Here’s how it rolled out.

On Monday, Liberal MLA Kent Hehr brought Motion 503 to the House. He asked the government to make school boards develop policies to support students who wanted to set up gay-straight alliances (GSAs). Note: Motion 503 did not force school boards to create GSAs. It simply required school boards to support them with good policies if (Read more…)

Art Threat: Friday Film Pick: Things are Different Now

Ryan Conrad recently pulled his film from the Frameline San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival because the festival, despite a robust budget and years of protest from filmmakers, audiences and activists, continues to accept money from the Israeli consulate. Conrad joins a growing list of artists who are taking a stand in the cultural commons, and reminding us that art can be political outside of its content. Art Threat asked Conrad a few questions over email. You can read that conversation and the filmmaker’s statement about his intervention below. You can also find a link and password to his film, (Read more…)

Art Threat: Gay South Korean film director causes stir in Seoul with wedding announcement

Openly gay South Korean film director Kim Jho Gwang-soo announced he will symbolically marry his partner in a ceremony designed to both celebrate their love and make a statement on LGBTQ rights in the conservative country.

“We wanted to convey the message that all sexual minorities should be given rights equally in a beautiful way,” Kim told a news conference in Seoul.

Very few Korean celebrities are openly gay. Actor Hong Seok-cheon was the first to come out in 2000, and found that his work quickly dried up.

Another actor, Kim Ji-hoo, announced he was gay in 2008 on (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: House of Commons Approves NDP’s Transgendered Rights Bill C-279

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: The House of Commons has passed Bill C-279, the NDP’s transgendered rights bill, by a 149-137 vote. The bill, sponsored by New Democrat Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca), now proceeds to the Senate. This is a great victory for human rights in Canada. The bill prohibits discrimination against transgendered Canadians. [...]

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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 this country that isn’t 100% straight, which, if you don’t know, is a limitless number of people,” jokes Wright in her TEDx talk posted above.

To date she has photographed around 2,000 people. “This is the civil rights fight of our generation,” says Wright.

The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s Human Rights Reputation is Fast Becoming a Myth

by Ontario Federation of Labour: This year, as the global community recognizes December 10 as International Human Rights Day, many Canadians struggle with a vanishing sense of pride in Canada’s once renowned reputation as a leader in human rights. While that reputation has always been contradicted by the lived experiences of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples and READ MORE

The Equivocator: 10 Ballot measures to Watch in Tonight’s U.S. election

Tonight President Barack Obama will be re-elected, Democrats will keep the Senate and for no apparent reason the Republicans will keep the House of Representatives for another 2 years. More awesomely, Wisconsin is going to elect America’s first openly gay … Continue reading . . . → Read More: The Equivocator: 10 Ballot measures to Watch in Tonight’s U.S. election

The Equivocator: Toronto Pride with the Queer Liberals

“There is no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.” – Pierre Trudeau

While at university I made appoint of watching the Toronto Pride Parade a a member of the crowd. This year, thanks to my friends in the Queer Liberals, I was able to participate in the Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo Pride Festival, the Durham Region Pride and I marched in the Toronto Pride Parade.

My experience at all 3 pride festivals was extremely positive. The Federal and Provincial Liberals have solid records on Queer issues. With Bill 13 in Ontario the fact that words matter and

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The Equivocator: President Obama Evolves on Marriage-Equality. Thankfully, Nobody Pressed “B.”

Mitt Romney reacts–if you wonder why he doesn’t try and slam President Obama for changing his position, it’s probably because he doesn’t believe in evolution and he would lose any “flip flopping” debate.

Someone needs to re-mix President Obama’s statement on marriage-equality like Will.I.Am did in 2008. Maybe Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber could collaborate?

Filed under: Politics, United States Politics, Video Tagged: LGBTQ, marriage-equality, mitt romney, pokemon, President Obama, same-sex marriage USpoli

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The Equivocator: Queer Liberal Caucus Coffee House A Huge Success

On Sunday, January 29th a group of 45+ Queer Liberals, Liberally Curious Canadians and allies of the LGBTQ community (myself included) met at the Church Street Community Centre to talk, drink coffee and build on the momentum of the biennial convention. I was really impressed with the turn out for the event which included Toronto-Centre MPP Glen Murray, former Beaches-East York Provincial candidate Helen Burstyn and candidate for the LPC nomination in Toronto-Danforth Grant Gordon. The Queer Liberal Caucus (QLC) did an excellent job organizing and promoting the event. They also live-streamed the whole thing online to ensure the event

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The Equivocator: Newark Mayor Cory Booker on Marriage Equality

Via The Daily Dish.

Filed under: United States Politics Tagged: Cory Booker, LGBTQ, marriage-equality, Minority rights

The Equivocator: Introducing the Liberal Queer Caucus

The Liberal Party has a lot of work to do this weekend as Liberals from across the country schlep to Ottawa for our biennial convention. This morning we are all reminded of what exactly is at stake as it appears that Stephen Harper is engaging dog-whistle politics over marriage-equality.

A few weeks ago a newly-formed group, the Liberal Queer Caucus, caught my eye. The Liberal Party is the party of same-sex marriage but we have been pushed aside, in perception, as the progressive party of LGBTQ rights by the NDP.

I contacted the LQC’s Director of Communications, Christopher Ide, with

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The Liberal Scarf: Dalton McGuinty says "It gets better", and backs it up

McGuinty puts words into action here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/11/30/toronto-mcguinty-bullying.html?cmp=rss&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=DTN+Canada Just another reason why I am proud to have Dalton McGuinty as my Premier and my Ontario Liberal leader.

Canadian Progressive World: On Global Day of Action, Occupy Ottawa flexes underrated muscle

By Obert Madondo Even as the threat of eviction from Confederation Park looms larger, the Occupy Ottawa movement is getting stronger, says Arun Smith. Yesterday, the movement held simultaneous marches before four key Ottawa landmarks: …Read More