Larkin Schmiedl

Larkin Schmiedl is a freelance journalist based in Vancouver, B.C. He loves to write about social and ecological justice. He hosted a queer-issues radio show, Gaydio, for two years and has acted as LGBTI contributing editor for

18 May, 2016 / 0 Comments / Author:

Let’s all continue to work together to help make our workplaces and communities a safe and inclusive space… The work unions have done has happened on many fronts and has resulted in real-life benefits to queer workers. “The LGBT presence in the labour community is much more apparent now than it used to be,” says […]

17 May, 2016 / 0 Comments / Author: ,

The sex trade is a matter of perspective. Some, usually based on religion, feel there’s no place for it in “decent” society. Any form of sexual intimacy must be confined to a heterosexual couple within the framework of a “proper” marriage. Others, like me, take a far more open view. When we look at the […]

17 March, 2016 / 0 Comments / Author:

“Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth… All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a […]

01 February, 2016 / 0 Comments / Author: , ,
Graphic by Dylan Bickering.

For OutWords‘ new feature, the Hot Topic Debate, we want readers to tell us what they think about hot topic issues. Three of our contributors gave us their opinions for our first edition of the feature, but we want to hear from you as well! Leave your thoughts in the comments below or read scroll […]

29 October, 2015 / 0 Comments / Author:

You may already know where to find your favourite queer-friendly porn. If not, we’ve done a little digging, and we’ve come up with a list of our favourite sites. Winner of the Feminist Porn Award’s Best Website in 2011, queer filmmaker Shine Louise Houston’s Crash Pad Series ( aims to show real women and queers […]

28 October, 2015 / 0 Comments / Author:

Among the many ways to do relationships, polyamory stands out in many people’s minds as an ideal version of perhaps unattainable freedom. But for polyamorous people, it’s a practical kind of freedom that exists in a context of deep intimacy. Most polyamorous people stress the importance of communication, knowing limits and needs, and hashing out […]

24 August, 2015 / 0 Comments / Author:

Within a partner relationship, for each child there is a partner who doesn’t give birth. Whether this is the co-mother in a lesbian couple, the partner of a pregnant trans-masculine person, or someone else, being the one who doesn’t carry the child poses its own unique challenges. While there is a script for heterosexual fatherhood in our culture, we […]

23 August, 2015 / 0 Comments / Author:
216-12 seeking the magic ingredient

Lesbian partners, non-romantic co-parents, polyamorous family networks, trans-masculine preg- nancy and single parenting are just some of the queer family structures who will seek sperm when they decide to make children part of their lives. Because of a cultural history favour- ing chosen families, there is often open- ness in GLBT* culture toward creating new […]

30 November, 2014 / 0 Comments / Author:
Questionable sex education in Manitoba

Promoting abstinence in sex education is what Candace Maxymowich, a Winnipeg public school board trustee candidate, did during her campaign, before she lost by a wide margin in October’s election. But her discussion on infusing the value of Christian-style abstinence into education begs the question: what are kids learning in sex ed in Winnipeg’s schools, […]

30 November, 2014 / 0 Comments / Author:
Between the Sheets

Consider the fact that most dating and hookup sites have only two gender options: male and female. Now consider that many people, gay or straight, don’t know what to expect when it comes to a trans person’s body. Given that being transgender has been heavily cloaked in stigma in this society, and that trans people are only […]