17th February 2012
Canada expected to fill gay marriage ‘gap’ today 21
4:24 PM — Canada is expected to announce changes to its Civil Marriage Act today which will stem fears about the validity of gay marriages between couples who could wed in Canada but not their home countries.
6th February 2012
Canada: Trans woman detained under US flight rules 16
5:56 PM — In the wake of Canada’s continued support of a no-fly rule for anyone who fails to meet gender norms, as subjectively assessed by that country’s border police, a harrowing tale emerges of an incident last year in the United States.
31st January 2012
Comment: The Canadian rule which bans transgender flight 39
11:48 AM — Jane Fae examines the rules, introduced last July but only now coming to light, which state that an air carrier “shall not transport a passenger if [...] the passenger does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification he or she presents”.
Rebel alliance slams Star Wars game over gay characters 32
10:04 AM — It could be described as a period of uncivil war, the Family Research Council striking from a hidden base in Washington, DC, attempting to win their first victory against the Bioware gaming empire. Only in this case, the empire seems to be doing good.
16th January 2012
Canada to fill ‘gap’ on gay marriage 10
11:50 AM — The Canadian Justice Minister has reassured thousands of gay couples who have married in his country that their unions will be recognised there, but admitted there is a "legislative gap" in the rules on foreign nationals' marriages.
13th January 2012
Legal groups: Canada’s overseas gay marriages are safe 9
11:44 AM — Gay advocacy groups have responded to a statement by a government lawyer yesterday which called into question the validity of thousands of gay marriages between foreign nationals on Canadian soil.
12th January 2012
Up to 5,000 Canadian gay marriages ‘may not be valid’ 59
1:33 PM — A lawyer for the Canadian government has said thousands of marriages between overseas gay couples which have taken place in the country since 2004 may not all be valid under domestic law.
13th December 2011
One half of Canadian ‘gay’ penguin couple finds a straight mate 60
10:50 AM — One half of Canada's best known gay couples, a pair of African penguins, has found a new mate, of the opposite sex. Toronto's zoo split up a pair of male penguins, Buddy and Pedro, in order to coax them into breeding.
8th December 2011
Rufus Wainwright speaks of “manly” album, having “certainly enough gay records” 32
1:31 PM — Musician Rufus Wainwright has described a "very manly" tone to his seventh studio album, after always putting on "a lavish spectacle". Wainwright became a father earlier this year, after having a baby with Leonard Cohen's daughter.
28th November 2011
Video: Lady Gaga’s surprise message to Canadian school tackling bullying 13
10:27 AM — The students at a Canadian school received a surprise message of congratulation from Lady Gaga last week after writing to her about a pledge they had drawn up to stop bullying. Jacques St Pierre, 17, send Lady Gaga a letter outlining what was being done at Etobicoke School of the Arts to ensure a safer environment.
25th November 2011
Canadian regional tourism board accidentally “bans” gay adverts for China 13
3:29 PM — Tourist board of British Columbia official mixes up "may not be promoted" and "must not be promoted" when telling businesses how to promote the region to a Chinese audience.
Vancouver man, 79, was stabbed 130 times for killer’s “fear of homosexuals” 22
1:15 PM — In Canada, the killer of an elderly man has admitted stabbing his victim 130 times in 2004, saying the man propositioned him while he was high on cocaine, and he "lost it".
24th November 2011
Université du Québec at Montréal creates research chair to study homophobia 33
1:17 PM — The first research chair of its kind created on the North American continent has been funded by the government to inform public debate on the effects of homophobia.
11th November 2011
Canada’s gay penguins to be “reunited by spring” 72
2:27 PM — Buddy and Pedro, of the Toronto Zoo, will be introduced to females to aid a breeding programme, but their separation will be temporary.
US professional footballer David Testo comes out 19
9:07 AM — Testo spoke of the difficulty of not being able to thank his partner publicly on winning awards.
7th November 2011
Gay Canadian penguins set to split for breeding programme 56
3:03 PM — Buddy and Pedro have been "pair bonding" at the zoo since May, but are part of an endangered species.
21st October 2011
Hundreds mourn gay Canadian teenager Jamie Hubley 14
12:59 PM — Around 700 people attended the funeral of gay teenager Jamie Hubley in Ottawa yesterday. The 15-year-old killed himself a week ago after suffering homophobic bullying and depression.
30th September 2011
Right-wing Canadian group accused of transphobia for ‘confusion’ ad 38
11:19 AM — A right-wing Canadian group claims that school equality policies are "corrupting children". The Institute for Canadian Values ran an ad in the National Post this week urging adults to stop "confusing children" by teaching them about gay and transgender people.
1st September 2011
Canadian broadcast watchdog amends ruling on ‘anti-gay’ Dire Straits song 31
11:46 AM — Canada's broadcast standards council has amended an earlier ruling which said that radio stations must censor a Dire Straits song which includes the homophobic slur 'faggot'. The body now says the word must be taken in context.
24th August 2011
Canada mourns loss of gay-friendly opposition leader 17
4:11 PM — Jack Layton, MP, died on Monday morning after a battle with cancer. At one point, he was the only party leader whipping for votes in favour of Canada's landmark gay marriage law in 2005.