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Protesters and counter-protesters at a demonstration against sexual orientation and gender identity programs in schools, in front of Parliament Hill on Sept. 20, 2023. The protest was one of many across Canada, organized by “1MillionMarch4Children,” against so-called “gender ideology” being taught in schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

Queerphobic hate is on the rise, and LGBTQ+ communities in Canada need more support

LGBTQ+ people face significant harms from online hate.
Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre speaks at his party convention on Sept. 8, 2023 in Québec. A strategy focused on fiscal conservatism, family and traditional values ​​regarding sexuality could be very advantageous for his party. La Presse Canadienne/Jacques Boissinot

Anti-trans protests: The Conservative party could use ideological polarization to win voters

Pierre Poilievre’s Conservative party could make gains by rallying the libertarian right, evangelical Christians and immigrant communities, especially Muslims, on issues of sexuality.
A transgender woman at a safe house supporting LGBTQ residents in Kampala, Uganda. Anti-gay laws make certain homosexual relationships punishable by death. Luke Dray/Getty Images

Young people with sexual or gender diversity are at higher risk of stopping their HIV treatment because of stigma and harsh laws

Stigmatised people living with HIV often suffer from fear, depression and abuse. It’s sometimes easier to stop a treatment regime than risk being ostracised or assaulted by the community.
Teaching sex and gender more accurately can counter gender stereotypes and encourage all students to study STEM. Iurii Krasilnikov/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Trans students benefit from gender-inclusive classrooms, research shows – and so do the other students and science itself

‘Don’t Say Gay’ bills claim to use science to justify a binary definition of sex based on certain traits. But the biology of sex and gender is not so simple.
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. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Saskatchewan naming and pronoun policy: The best interests of children must guide provincial parental consent rules

Elected officials must consider relevant research and legal context when shaping education policies. Otherwise, they risk destabilizing classrooms and harming students.
Trans teens living in a supportive family environment have a lower risk of attempting suicide or running away from home. Eoneren/E+ via Getty Images

Trans youth are significantly more likely to attempt suicide when gender dysphoria is met with conversion therapy than with hormone treatment

Because of ethical considerations, there are no clinical trials comparing the effects of hormone therapy to conversion therapy on trans youths. But a set of recent studies tease out cause and effect.
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Health research must be ethical – we can do more to make sure that’s the case for young trans people and their families

How can we ensure ethical research principles for young trans people and their families are met – especially when they might see research as one of few avenues for accessing care?
New Brunswick’s contentious updated Policy 713 on sexual orientation and gender identity in schools will take effect July 1. (Shutterstock)

New Brunswick’s LGBTQ+ safe schools debate makes false opponents of parents and teachers

Guided by policy, practice and relationships with students, families and communities, teachers are charged with helping all students thrive. To suggest otherwise is disturbing.
States and schools with more inclusive policies and protections help LGBTQ youth and their families feel safer. AP Photo/Tommy Martino

Anti-trans bills and political climates are taking a significant mental health toll on trans and nonbinary people – even during Pride

The rainbow Pride flags flying this month obscure the ongoing legislative attacks threatening the health and well-being of transgender and nonbinary people and their families.
Trans rights are under attack in the U.S. Here, Jamiyah Morrison, 19, of Riverdale, Md., left, has rainbow makeup touched up by Niaomi Moshier, 21, while attending Transgender Day of Visibility rally in March in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Listen: Trans scholar and activist explains why trans rights are under attack

This year, there are more than 400 active anti-trans bills across the U.S. What do things look like in Canada? Are we a safe haven or are we following those same trends?
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. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

In the Alberta election, the stakes are high for 2SLGBTQ+ youth

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.

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