March, 2016 / Author:

Local

2-spirited indigenous people: opening up the conversation

A welcoming-in ceremony for the LGBT — or two-spirited — relatives in our community is one of the more powerful memories I have of being at a Manitoba Sundance last year.

 

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Steinbach-area mom threatened after request for more LGBT openness in school

A mother in the Steinbach area is dealing with backlash after she asked for same-sex relationships to be part of the school’s lessons around family diversity. CBC is not naming the town where she lives to protect the identity of her child.

 

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National

Brent Hawkes pleads not guilty to criminal charges

Brent Hawkes, who is facing two criminal charges in Nova Scotia dating back to the 1970s, has pleaded not guilty.

 

Read the full story at DailyXtra.

Rainbow Refugee seeks permanent sponsor program

A group that helps LGBT asylum seekers find safety in Canada is now asking the federal government to set up a permanent, expedited pathway for queer and trans refugees.

 

Read the full article at DailyXtra.

Cirque du Soleil joins boycott over North Carolina LGBT law

The Canadian-based circus company Cirque du Soleil is cancelling upcoming stops in North Carolina by two of its touring shows to protest a state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for the LGBT community.

 

Read the full story at CTVNews.

International

China court refuses to allow gay marriage in landmark case

A Chinese judge has rejected a gay couple’s attempt to secure the right to marry in the country’s first same-sex marriage case.

 

Read the full story at The Guardian.

North Carolina Governor Pretends To Fix Anti-LGBT Law With Symbolic Executive Order

After several businesses have abandoned plans to expand in North Carolina and countless others have abandoned their travel to the state, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) issued an executive order Tuesday that addresses various aspects of HB 2, the anti-LGBT law that the state legislature forced through in a single day.

Read the full story at Think Progress.

Case to decriminalize gay sex filed in Kenya’s High Court

A gay rights campaigner filed a case in Kenya’s High Court on Friday calling for the demineralization of gay sex, which is punishable by 14 years in jail in the conservative east African nation.

 

Read the full story at Reuters.

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