LGBTQ Pride: Of tolerance and acceptance

“Oh, my God. I’m delivering condoms to a bunch of faggots!”

Those words were attributed to a delivery man who had just brought a box of condoms to the offices of Fierté Montréal, an LGBTQ Pride organization. The incident was reported in a Canada Pride preview piece by Richard Burnett for the Montreal Gazette. Apparently, the delivery guy kept repeating it over and over again.

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On gender neutral pronouns and the future redundancy of transgenderism

Update: Apparently, the word “transgenderism” has fallen out of favour with trans people and is considered to be insulting. My apologies with anyone who was offended the use of the word here.

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As some American politicians struggle with what Vladimir Putin has (correctly) called “political schizophrenia,” some Canadian politicians have been wrestling with gender neutral pronoun schizophrenia.

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Sunday Reads: Canadian lesbian fiction

“Canadian lesbian fiction authors are a quiet bunch. Many readers don’t know we exist or assume we’re American. We hope to change that. We created this site to showcase Canadian lesbian fiction and its authors.”

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Great authors: Sarah Ettritch, Mabel Maney (to name just two, for now)

I’m really excited tonight.

I’ve come across some fabulous authors new and old, and I’m reading them in ebooks on my mega smartphone as well as in good, old-fashioned paperback editions.

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Sunday Reads: Outing transgender people

“Zeke Smith, and transgender people like him, are not deceiving anyone by being their authentic selves, and it is dangerous and unacceptable to out a transgender person.”

That’s a comment from Nick Adams, director of GLAAD’s Transgender Media Program, in response to an episode of reality-TV program Survivor, in which one contestant — Jeff Varner — outed another as being a transgender person.

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Sunday Reads: Of the ‘Magic Fool Bus’ and Christianity’s forsaken believers

Writer Hannah Simpson took the thoughts right out of my head in her commentary on the NBC News site:

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When elective plastic surgery goes wrong: From facelifts to sexual reassignment surgery

It happens more often than we might think: Complications from surgery leave patients worse off than they were before they had it.

In the majority of such cases, there were few or no options to the surgery, and the risks were acceptable. It was do or die.

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Texas: Back to the drawing board on transgender sports issue?

In what surely looks like a state getting ensnared in the tangled webs it weaves, red-neck Texas is somewhat red-faced today after a transgender high school boy “completed an undefeated season Saturday by winning a controversial Texas state girls wrestling title in an event clouded by criticism from those who believe the testosterone he’s taking as he transitions from female to male created an unfair advantage,” reports The Associated Press.

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Instant karma: Will boycott of Donald Trump’s businesses pick up steam?

Remember the boycott of the sultan of Brunei’s hotels after he enacted strict Islamic sharia law that could lead to the executions of LGBT people?

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Trump’s transgender move: First step in war on LGBT people?

So there you have it.

Some Americans think that Donald Trump and his henchmen (re: Jeff Sessions, Steve Bannon) have made school bathrooms “safe again” by allowing states and schoolboards to decide if transgender kids can use those that match their gender identity or not — and many Republicans would prefer the “or not” option.

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For Donald Trump: Love, bathroom style

I wrote this short one-act play years ago in response to efforts by some in California to derail a transgender rights bill and force trans girls to use the boys’ bathrooms in schools and trans boys to use the girls’ bathrooms. Now, as the Trump administration backs away from the Obama federal initiative to ensure that trans students in schools use bathrooms that match their gender identity, I feel the play is still timely — sadly. I dedicate it to Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions and everyone else who seeks to deny trans kids of simple, basic rights.

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The play features four characters: a mother and father, 15-year-old son named Joseph and 14-year-old daughter named Jessica. It is set in the dining room of a modest, middle-class bungalow in Los Angeles, California. As the scene opens, mother, father and son are sitting at the dinner table, while daughter is standing by the china cabinet. A radio is playing oldies music in the background, at this moment, California Dreamin’ . . .)

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