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30 Years Of Cinematic Pride

The Reel Pride Festival will be celebrating its 30th year in Winnipeg by continuing to show films that focus on content relevant to the queer community. The purely volunteer board is excited to share the films they have collected for this year’s festival, which takes place at the Gas Station Theatre from Oct. 13-18.

This year, the festival has sponsored three pre-screenings at two alternate locations aside from the host venue. The first one was a screening of The Amina Profile: A Gay Girl in Damascus, shown in a women’s and gender studies research class at the University of Manitoba to which all were welcome.

“This is never going to show up in mainstream cinema,” said program committee member Annette Schultz.

“We provide a place for film that has to do with any of the issues or stories or narratives that have to do with LGBTTQ*.”

Read the full article at The Manitoban.


Walking with our missing sisters

Missing and murdered two-spirited people are being honoured at Walking With Our Sisters, an art exhibition that opened at the Carleton University Art Gallery on Sept 25, 2015.

Two-spirited is a term used by some Indigenous people in LGBT communities, according to Sharp Dopler, an outreach worker at the Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy.

Walking With Our Sisters is a traveling art installation that commemorates the lives of more than 1,181 Indigenous women and girls who have gone missing or have been murdered in the past 30 years.

In Ottawa, a committee was created to make sure that two-spirited people were included in the exhibit.

However, Dopler says two-spirited is an “invented” term, and that not everybody in Indigenous communities embrace it. Dopler identifies as agokwe-nini, an Ojibway word that means “someone who is born in a female body but is more.”

Read the full article at Daily Xtra.

Man sentenced for manslaughter of Christopher Skinner

Almost six years after gay man Christopher Skinner was beaten and run over in downtown Toronto, an Etobicoke man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

CTV News reports that on Oct 5, 2015, Agustin Caruso was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison.

According to the agreed statement of facts as reported by CTV, Skinner was walking home in the area of Adelaide Street East and Victoria Street at 3 am after leaving his sister’s birthday party. Looking for a ride home, he banged on Caruso’s SUV. Caruso, 19 years old at the time, exited the car and beat Skinner. Caruso then drove over Skinner, who later died in hospital.

Shortly after Skinner’s death in 2009, hundreds attended an outdoor vigil on Church Street in his honour. Police released a video on Oct 24, 2009, of the moments just before his attack, imploring the public to step forward with any information.

Read the full article at Daily Xtra.

VIDEO: Elizabeth May would make trans bill a priority

Had it passed, Bill C-279 would have added gender identity protection to the Canadian Human Rights Act. But the bill died in the Senate. Daily Xtra asked Green Party leader Elizabeth May if she would reintroduce the bill if elected on Oct 19, 2015.

Read the full article at Daily Xtra.


Scientists find DNA differences between gay men and their straight twin brothers 

For men, new research suggests that clues to sexual orientation may lie not just in the genes, but in the spaces between the DNA, where molecular marks instruct genes when to turn on and off and how strongly to express themselves.

On Thursday, UCLA molecular biologist Tuck C. Ngun reported that in studying the genetic material of 47 pairs of identical male twins, he has identified “epigenetic marks” in nine areas of the human genome that are strongly linked to male homosexuality. In individuals, said Ngun, the presence of these distinct molecular marks can predict homosexuality with an accuracy of close to 70%. That news, presented at the 2015 meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics on Thursday, may leave the genetically uninitiated scratching their heads.

Read the full article at LA Times.

Marriage equality Bill passes all stages in Dáil 

The legislation paving the way for same-sex marriage has passed all stages in the Dáil and now goes to the Seanad.

The passing of the Marriage Bill 2015 was greeted with loud applause from TDs in the chamber and visitors in the public gallery.

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald moved an amendment, which was accepted, removing the requirement for civil partners, who had registered a civil partnership in Ireland, to give three months notice when seeking to marry one another.

Read the full article at Irish Times.

U.S., Pacific Rim countries agree to controversial trade deal 

The U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim countries on Monday reached a deal on a controversial trade agreement that LGBT rights advocates have sharply criticized.

The White House in a statement said the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership would eliminate more than 18,000 tariffs that countries place on American exports.

The Obama administration notes TPP contains new labor and environmental standards, prioritizes “transparency and anticorruption” efforts and protects the intellectual property of multinational corporations. TPP supporters also maintain the trade agreement contains “enforceable” human rights standards.

Read the full article at the Washington Blade.

Two LGBT murders within 24 hours leaves community in ‘state of emergency’ 

Two LGBT people in two US cities were shot dead within 24 hours this week, fueling what some have called a “state of emergency” in the LGBT community.

Kiesha Jenkins, a 22-year-old transgender woman, was killed on a Philadelphia street early on Tuesday, after being assaulted by five or six men when she got out of a car. When Jenkins fell to the ground, someone fired two shots into her back.

Jenkins is the 21st transgender or gender non-conforming murder victim in the US this year, and the 18th transgender woman of color to be killed.

Read the full article at The Guardian.

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