Editorial

Editorial

Girl power

April, 2014

EXPLORING GIRL POWER Long after James Brown finished crooning that “It's a Man's Man's Man's World” in 1966, there are still semblances of male favouritism all around us. Men still earn more cents to the dollar than women, occupy more high-ranking chief executive positions, and have an easier time finding clothes that fit (the last one is not backed by statistics, but probably should be). But with the stereotype of the shrinking violet no longer being a female role model, women nowadays are doing all they can to reclaim their place in the world, and they’re making great strides while they’re at it. But what about GLBTQ* women?

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Editorial

Navigating PDA

February, 2014

ON LOVE, HATE AND PDA I’ll never forget feeling like prey. It was a couple of months ago when my girlfriend, Megan, and I were at a pub near our home downtown. Shortly after we arrived, we got separated when a guy stopped to talk to me while Megan got a drink. He and I talked about his brother’s death and how life can be so unexpected — an unusually deep conversation for having just met someone at a pub.

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Editorial

Even a lump of coal can bear gifts

December, 2013

HOW THE SOCHI OLYMPICS BROUGHT A COMMUNITY TOGETHER The holidays bring with them a chance for reflection, an opportunity to look back and examine our mistakes and achievements over the last year. For the international GLBTQ* community, the biggest story of 2013 has undoubtedly been the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympic Games. And boy, was there a lot to learn from in this saga.

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Editorial

The masks we wear

October, 2013

EDITORIAL: BEHIND OUR MASKS The labels we choose are our masks. Whether we identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, or straight, we are making a conscious decision to hide certain aspects of ourselves and highlight others. Our mode of identification becomes a mask, and in this issue, OutWords has chosen to examine the difference between our public masks and private world.

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The O-U-T in community

July, 2013

EDITORIAL: A SUMMER OF COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS This issue of OutWords is all about community, which is very fitting as OutWords has seen the community come together to support LGBT* initiatives a fair amount in the past few months.

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Editorial

Out in our world

March, 2014

EDITORIAL Manitoba has proven itself one of the most progressive places in the world when it comes to GLBTQ* rights. We have a bill that protects students from bullying, emphasizing the freedom to have Gay-Straight Alliance groups in all schools, including public faith-based institutions. Only a handful of provinces have laws like this in place, and ours is arguably the strongest. This follows nearly ten years after Manitoba was one of the first to legalize same-sex marriage in our country. But although it’s 2014 and our home is at the forefront of equality, there will always be people who treat you differently for being out in our world.

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Correction

December, 2013

In our Health and Porn Bound Together story in Issue 205, a wrong name was printed for Kate Sinclaire. We apologize for this error.

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Editorial

A MATTER OF HEALTH

November, 2013

EDITORIAL: WHY HEALTH MATTERS A host of mental and physical threats face the GLBTQ* population; but how do we separate the myths and prejudice from reality? With World AIDS Day coming up on Dec. 1 and the holidays just around the corner, it’s not surprising that our minds are turning to our health. We all know that calls to suicide prevention lines and reports of stress and depression increase during the festive months. The problem is even bigger for closeted members of the GLBTQ* community, and especially for our youth, among whom suicide is substantially higher than in the general population.

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Editorial

Back to school, back to reality

September, 2013

WILL THE GLBTQ* SPOTLIGHT AFFECT STUDENTS GOING BACK TO SCHOOL? As GLBTQ* students flock back to the classrooms, will they be met with increased homophobia? As debates over bullying, homophobia and impressionable minds continue to rage all over the country, the OutWords editorial team has been wondering what GLBTQ* youth will encounter as they head back to the classroom.

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Editorial

Anti-gay coverage in local media escalating

May, 2013

THE TROUBLE WITH TOO MUCH MEDIA In the first week of April, Winnipeg newspapers featured several articles focusing on anti-gay sentiment in the fair province of Manitoba. The story that made particular waves was the closing of a restaurant in Morris after the gay couple who owned it decided they wouldn’t tolerate any more homophobia. With quotes like, “They should get the hell out of here. I don’t really like them - the service and who they are. … It makes you feel uncomfortable,”...

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