People pass a decorated wall during the Pride Parade at English Bay in Vancouver, B.C, Aug. 6, 2023.
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While Canadians are supportive of 2SLGBTQ+ communities, relatively few see themselves as active allies. Here are five steps people can take to be better allies.
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, centre, speaks to media during the closing news conference at the Council of the Federation of Canada’s premiers in Winnipeg in July.
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Elected officials must consider relevant research and legal context when shaping education policies. Otherwise, they risk destabilizing classrooms and harming students.
A woman gives a thumbs-down as she takes part in a protest against LGBTQ+ Pride in Ottawa, June 9, 2023.
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Muslim teachings on sexual and gender diversity are far more diverse than what many conservative groups would like us to believe.
Volunteers carry a large rainbow flag during the 2019 Pride Parade in Toronto.
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Queer disabled people struggle to be seen in queer spaces that often do not accommodate them.
Contrary to misconceptions, exposing children to diverse expressions of gender identity supports their natural development and fosters inclusivity.
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Drag Queen Story Time events have faced backlash and protests recently. But contrary to misconceptions, these events can support child development and promote acceptance.
Protesters take part in a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) rally at the Alberta legislature in Edmonton before the United Conservative Party cancelled GSA protections in June 2019.
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How Alberta votes on May 29 will either pave the way for 2SLGBTQ+ youth to be affirmed in their identities or it will create a formal pathway for homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in the province.
Demonstrators carry a rainbow flag as they march demanding equal marriage rights in New Delhi, India on Jan. 8, 2023.
Trans and queer kinships provide emotional as well as material supports and care. But legalizing marriage alone would ignore such kinship ties.
People gathered at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Tex. on March 21, 2023 to protest the university president’s decision to cancel a drag show on campus.
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Anti-LGBT sentiments are on the rise around the world, and Canada is not immune to the tide. Now is the time for us to speak out and denounce anti-LGBTQ actions and rhetoric.
Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino speaks during a news conference on the government’s plan to enable expungements for convictions under the Criminal Code for bawdy house, indecency-based and abortion-related offences in Ottawa in March 2023.
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Experts on the history of sexuality in Canada say recent changes to the Expungement Act don’t go far enough, and they urge Canadians to reject attempts to divide marginalized communities.
Exemptions from funding cuts are needed to ensure trans and non-binary people can get medical care.
The closure of the virtual Connect-Clinic means fewer trans and non-binary people will get the vital health-care services they need.
For women to reach leadership positions, they need to be valued and recognized for their contributions, which may look different than those of their male colleagues.
Feminine leadership encompasses aspects of ourselves that have been pushed aside within conventionally male-dominant spaces. Recentring them can foster leadership that is more inclusive.
A painting of the goddess Kali by Indian artist Raja Ravi Varma. The film Kaali by Leena Manimekalai has drawn controversy for the way it depicts the goddess.
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Leena Manimekalai’s film Kaali has drawn controversy and criticism, but like her other films, it highlights the inequalities and discrimination many continue to face.
Approximately one-third of 2SLGBTQ+ young people who participated in a nutrition study noted that they did not have any support systems in place to help them with their nutritional needs during the pandemic.
Food insecurity is a social justice issue tied to social determinants of health. Historically marginalized people like 2SLGBTQ+ youth are at risk, and more likely to be food insecure during COVID-19.
Monkeypox is transmitted mainly through direct contact with skin lesions, but the current outbreak is following patterns similar to STIs.
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Monkeypox is not considered an STI but is spreading among sexual partners. Adding sexual health strategies to the public health response is helpful, but there is a danger of stigmatizing MPXV.
A health-care provider administers monkeypox vaccine at an outdoor walk-in clinic in Montréal, on July 23, 2022. It is crucial that people who have been exposed to monkeypox get vaccinated if they do not yet have symptoms, or isolate if they do have symptoms.
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To control monkeypox, there is a short window — weeks, not months — in which to vaccinate the most susceptible and to encourage and support self-isolation for those who have symptoms.
An image from the comic ‘Compassion’ by Kayleigh Fine, which was commissioned to illustrate the importance of compassionate care for 2SLGBTQ+ people.
Accessing compassionate health care is often difficult for Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and other sexual identities, such as pansexual or asexual individuals (2SLGBTQ+).
2022 marks the first year Pride Toronto events will be hosted in person since the pandemic began.
Pride Toronto has the opportunity to change its relationship with Indigenous and racialized people.
2SLGBTQQIA+ history cannot be complete without the stories of lesbian women.
The Nova Scotia LGBT Seniors Archive and Lesbian Oral History Project focus on gathering stories from the generation that began using the term lesbian, and those who still can’t.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks in Toronto’s Pride parade in June, 2019.
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Decolonial work is necessary. Queer people, communities and organizations have a responsibility to work toward undoing historical and contemporary wrongs.
Responding to the mental health needs of people who are unjustly disadvantaged by the pandemic in Canada will require accurate data.
The mental health impact of the pandemic has not affected everyone equally. An equitable approach to mental health promotion, prevention and treatment can help ensure equitable access to services.