July 24, 2014

Some shots of the rainbow that graced the Toronto skyline at the end of WorldPride

July 24, 2014
For kayaker Connor Taras, coming out was the ultimate victory: Arthur | Toronto Star

It’s official, athlete’s coming out is now the it thing to do. From several Olympians (including former swimming tycoon Ian “The Thorpedo” Thorpe) to NFL draft hopefuls and NBA, MLS players. Welcome the age of being out in sport. 

March 25, 2014
Where is Anonymous when it comes to LGBTQ rights?

The hacker group Anonymous has come to the defense of a number of different groups, and has cyber attacked various organizations and countries in response to discriminatory policies and actions.

While the group has attacked the Westboro Baptist Church little has been done since with regards to standing up for LGBTQ rights. Russia has imposed their anti-gay legislation as has Uganda, the Olympics didn’t even bother condemning the law and even sided with Russia stating any athlete deemed to be “proactively protesting” would be punished by the IOC (International Olympic Committee). Nothing some Anonymous whatsoever.

Arizona moved to pass a law that would enshrine the right to persecute people under the guise of religious freedoms, nothing. Tennessee passed a law allowing people to deny goods and services to anyone who is LGBTQ, even though the state doesn’t even have any anti-discrimination laws in place on the basis of sexual orientation, still nothing.

Coupled with the lack of response that Russia’s invasion of Crimea has had from the group it has led us to wonder if they are even still functional. The has been little done in the past year and a half. Have members been arrested, started working for other organizations or governments? Or do they just not care about LGBTQ rights and the break up of the Ukraine and invasion of a sovereign nation by Russia?

Most puzzling considering the activity displayed in the past. It leads us to beg the question… Where in the world is Anonymous?

March 20, 2014
The Advocate examines upcoming film Divergent as Sci-Fi's first bisexual allegory

March 1, 2014
Story of the Week - Arizona Self Destructs

In case you haven’t been watching the news lately let’s bring you to speed on what’s been happening down in Arizona. 

The State’s House and Senate passed a bill allowing people to deny someone goods and services on the grounds that doing so would go against their religious faith. The bill was meant to ensure that people of faith could deny doing business with LGBTQ people. It is important to note that, save a few municipalities with state with anti-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation, the state of Arizona does not currently have any anti-discrimination legislation in place that would stop people from denying service, employment, housing, etc. to LGBTQ people. The House and Senate instead saw the need to further entrench discrimination into the state with this new bill. What they have ended up with is a bill that would also make it legal to for people to deny service to atheists, unwed parents, divorced people, people of a different faith, and the list goes on. 

As LGBTQ groups and activists decried the bill so too did some unlikely sources. The NFL came out publicly against the bill, even hinting that the upcoming Super Bowl next year that is to be held in Arizona could be moved. Republican John McCain, and even talking heads at Fox News questioned the bill. Meanwhile back in Arizona legislators either back tracked on their vote or tried to justify their homophobia and discrimination by talking about possible future threats from same-sex marriage (which the state does not currently recognize or perform), even though it is already completely legal in the state to deny someone goods/services if they are LGBTQ (the current anti-discrimination legislation in Arizona doesn’t not recognize sexual-orientation or gender identity/expression, as grounds for discrimination).

Fortunately the Governor vetoed this law reminiscent of the 1950’s. 

Another issue that came out of the state was that of racially charged and offensive jokes that were made by a state Republican politician at the roast of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. 

Several offensive remarks about Hispanic people were made with little to no apologies being given. 

All of this makes you wonder, WTF is going on down there? Did someone poor a bunch of hate in the water? Did Vladimir Putin visit recently?

What do you think Arizona needs to do in order to improve its image?

February 28, 2014
UK bi teen, 18, has teeth smashed in brutal anti-gay attack

So sad. Fortunately his attackers will come to trial and face the justice they deserve

(Source: projectqueer)

February 25, 2014
Could Arizona Lose the Super Bowl Next Year because of an Anti-Gay Law?

If the bill is passed it looks like this might be a possibility. There is already precedent on this matter. In 1993 the NFL pulled the Super Bowl from AZ over its refusal to recognize MLK Jr day as a state holiday. 

February 24, 2014
Uganda’s new anti-gay law jails first offenders up to 14 years

Sad news out of Uganda…

*image courtesy of www.mw.nl

February 21, 2014
Romantic Pictures Of Gay Couples Around The Globe Challenge Public Representation Of LGBT Community

Simply put this is beautiful. More please!

February 7, 2014
Rob Ford says he will skip World Pride in Toronto

Well it looks like Rob Ford will be missing the biggest event Toronto has hosted since he was elected mayor. You know, because that’s what mayors of cities do, they don’t attend their cities largest events right?

Not that the LGBTQ community is really going to miss him though. The man has never been a friend of the community and has refused to apologize for the homophobic comments he has made in at least two videos now, because apparently when you’re the mayor of a cosmopolitan city like Toronto with a huge LGBTQ community that’s what you do as well. 

Time for another mayor who will represent all of the citizens of this great city, instead of excluding the ones who rub him the wrong way (er… or don’t want to rub at all, ugh).