IDAHoT: Does Mainstream Society really care?

If people commit crimes of hate against members of the LGBT community, whether of physical violence or insulting, harassing remarks, then they should face the full penalties available under Canadian law, including fines and imprisonment. Every member of society must have instilled in them a healthy fear about engaging in acts of homophobia and transphobia.


Alcoholics Anonymous Gathering In August

On August 9, 10, and 11, LGBT alcoholics, addicts, and friends will gather for the 25th Anniversary Courage Round Up - August 9,10,11, 2013, hosted by the Halifax LGBT Alcoholics Anonymous group, Live And Let Live.

The weekend includes fellowship, speaker meetings and workshops an discussions of recovery topics in a relaxed and peaceful setting at the Universalist Unitarian Church 5500 Inglis Street, Halifax.


Canada Eases Blood Ban for Gay Men: Not Enough Says Egale!

Early this morning Canadian Blood Services (CBS) received approval from Health Canada to reduce the current men who have sex with men (MSM) deferral period from indefinite to five years from last MSM activity. While this move represents important progress in addressing one of Canada’s few remaining overtly discriminatory policies, it fails to fully correct the problem.


New Glasgow Mayor Addresses Pictou County Rainbow Walk

We want New Glasgow to be a community known for its inclusiveness and respect for all - a community that celebrates diversity, a community that nurtures an environment of dignity, integrity, and respect; and a community that does not tolerate discrimination of any kind. The Rainbow Walk makes us part of something grand, something global and something good. 


Harper’s Office of Religious Freedom and the Queer Community

Stephen Harper has developed a scheme, creating an office in the Department of Foreign Affairs to oversee that religious tolerance is observed world-wide. An ominous undertaking from a prime minister whose Conservative government continues to be called to task, especially on issues affecting the nation’s queer community, equal opportunities for women, and aboriginal peoples. 


May 17: NSRAP Shares Progress on Ending the Blood Ban

"Our assembly makes an important statement.  It helps us remember the value of struggles won, people that have lost dearly in the fight, and helps us focus on hurdles yet to overcome. One such hurdle is a vestige of a time that seems to some of us like a distant history.  To other more veteran members of our community all to recent and painful one. I want to take some time today to address the topic of the “blood ban” as it is often described."


Federal NDP Release Official Statement for May 17 (En Deux Langues Officiels)

We will continue to work towards the day when the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and transsexual people are recognized around the world—and the simple act of being who you are is no longer considered “brave.”

Nous avons hâte au jour où être soi-même ne sera plus un acte de courage, mais bien le cours naturel des choses.


May 17: Trans* Youth Speaks Out!

"Cancer is a disease that is merciless and kills. It spreads without a known stop visible. Hate is cancer. It will pillage our communities and it will kill our brothers and sisters. My name is Jessica Durling. I am 17 years old and I have tasted prejudice."


May 17: Call to Action on Trans* Rights to Equality in Health Care

I call on the Nova Scotia Government to do the right thing and immediately address the transphobia and discrimintation built into their own policies and regulations, starting with eliminating the discriminatory treatment of trans* people in the health care system. ... I ask all of you to get behind this push for action.  Talk about the issues with your friends, sign the petition, write your MLA and let the Government know that it is time to make these changes.



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