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Caitlyn and Bruce Jenner Halloween costume sparks controversy

Caitlyn and Bruce Jenner Halloween costumes have hit shelves across Canada and it’s sparking controversy among some in the transgender community.

The Caitlyn costume comes complete with a wig, satin corset and shorts mirroring what she wore when she came out as transgender on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine.

And the Bruce Jenner costume is what she wore when she won Olympic gold, medal included.

“I liken it kind of to, remember last year, that someone wore ‘black face’ to Fame night club,” said Shandi Strong, a transgender woman and advocate in Winnipeg.

Read the full story at CBC.ca.

National

Squirt pulls escort services from gay hookup site

The gay hookup website Squirt announced Oct 21, 2015, that it will no longer allow its users to advertise their sexual services.

Ken Popert, president and executive director of Pink Triangle Press, which owns and operates Squirt (as well as Daily Xtra), says the decision to remove escort and massage services from user profiles was made to comply with Bill C-36, the Conservative government’s contentious sex work act which, among other things, prohibits the advertisement of sexual services, with a penalty of up to five years in prison.

“Squirt has provided a safe environment for sex workers to advertise their services and find clients,” Popert says. “But to continue to do so under the new law could place the welfare of the business and the security of its members in jeopardy.”
The Conservative government introduced Bill C-36 in 2014, after the Supreme Court of Canada struck down previous Criminal Code prohibitions on prostitution as unconstitutional.

Read the full story DailyXtra.

 Does the end of the Harper era mean victory for LGBT people?

The Harper era in Canada is over, as a second wave of Trudeaumania has swept Justin Trudeau’s Liberals into a majority government.

Harper had earned the enmity of the LGBT community over the nearly 10 years he served as prime minister, owing to homophobic outbursts from his caucus members and candidates, his opposition to a trans anti-discrimination bill, his cuts to funding of LGBT service organizations and other real and perceived slights over the years. He conceded defeat as results were still coming in, although he retains his seat in Parliament for the new riding of Calgary Heritage. In a press release, it was announced that he was resigning as leader of the Conservative Party and that a leadership race would begin shortly.

Read the full story at DailyXtra.

Liberal sweep: I’ll call it a victory and cross my fingers

I think I’m Liberal MP Hedy Fry’s inverted lucky charm. In the past decade, I’ve consistently endorsed her NDP opponents and she’s always emerged victorious.

The Oct 19, 2015 election was no exception. While my political soul-searching predictably deposited me on the NDP’s doorstep, Fry walked away with Vancouver Centre, this time nearly 22,000 votes ahead of her nearest competitor (the NDP).

Don’t get me wrong, I respect Fry. I think she’s a strong, articulate woman and a consistent gay ally, neither of which can be taken for granted in our Parliament.

It’s Fry’s party that gives me pause.

Granted, party leader Justin Trudeau enthusiastically launched his campaign at Vancouver Pride this year, while his key opponents were no-shows. And yes, the Liberals have a long-standing, if at times grudging and even court-ordered commitment, to gay rights.

Read the full story at DailyXtra.

International

Harder to object to gay rights when everyone is connected, say Icelander

Iceland is an exciting place, isolated in the North Atlantic, where the North American and Eurasian continents collide. This tiny country is home to the most active volcanoes in the world, and earthquakes happen basically every day.

The countless waterfalls, hot springs, geysers and lava fields are reminders that the earth is literally bursting open here. It’s the epitome of a new world. Maybe that’s what makes the Icelandic people so vibrant and active as well.

Iceland’s national assembly, the Althingi, was the first parliamentary democracy in the world, founded in 930 by Vikings interested in distributing resources, making laws and dispensing justice. Democracy and progressive social justice values continue to thrive here: homosexuality was decriminalized in 1940, Iceland was the first nation to democratically elect a female president, and in 2009 Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir became prime minister — the world’s first elected, openly lesbian head of government.

Read the full story at DailyXtra.

Clinton addresses evolution on same-sex marriage

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addressed on Friday her evolution from opposition to support for same-sex marriage, saying her views changed as a result of “personal relationships.”

Clinton made the remarks during a town hall at Keene State College in New Hampshire when responding to an attendee who identified himself as a bisexual student and asked her to compare her change in position to others who remained firm in their views.

“Yes my views did evolve, and I think most people my age would say the same thing — there might be some exceptions,” Clinton said. “But largely because of my strong opposition to discrimination of any sort and my personal relationships with a lot of people over the years, I certainly concluded that marriage equality should be the law of the land, and I was thrilled when the Supreme Court made it the law of the land.”

Read the full story at the Washingtonblade.com.

Showdown in Houston over LGBT non-discrimination ordinance

Houston — After a drawn-out showdown between Houston‘s popular lesbian mayor and a coalition of conservative pastors, voters in the nation’s fourth-largest city will soon decide whether to establish nondiscrimination protections for gay and transgender people.

Nationwide, there’s interest in the Nov. 3 referendum: Confrontations over the same issue are flaring in many places, at the state and local level, now that nondiscrimination has replaced same-sex marriage as the No. 1 priority for the LGBT-rights movement.

“The vote in Houston will carry national significance,” said Sarah Warbelow, legal director of the Human Rights Campaign, a national LGBT-rights group. She noted that Houston, with 2.2 million residents, is more populous than 15 states.

Read the full story at lgbtqnation.com.

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