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Swerving Through Two Decades

A look back at 20 years of Outwords

September, 2014

Swerve turns 20 this year! What is “Swerve” you ask? Swerve is the magazine you are reading now. We call it “OutWords.” Twenty years ago, in an era when homophobia was the norm, a collective of gays and lesbians went through many marathon sessions discussing direction, purpose and mission statements in order to form a […]

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National News Briefs

September, 2014

  Compiled by Katy Mackinnon New Trans Policiy in Catholic Schools VANCOUVER – A human rights complaint from Tracey Wilson, an 11-year-old transgender girl, has prompted a new policy to address gender in Catholic schools, according to CTV News. The complaint was filed when the Catholic school Wilson attended refused to comply with her request […]

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Syphilis is back – Get Tested Winnipeg

July, 2014

If you’re a man having sex with other men, you should be aware of the rapidly increasing syphilis outbreak that Winnipeg is experiencing right now. Syphilis is the sexually-transmitted infection (STI) you’re most likely to find in history books. For hundreds of years, syphilis affected kings, poets and everyone in between. The long-term consequences of […]

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International News Briefs

Compiled by Meg Crane

July, 2014

TRANS TEEN HELD IN ADULT PRISON WITHOUT CHARGES HARTFORD, Connecticut – A 16-year-old transgender girl has been held in an adult Connecticut prison since April, despite the fact she isn’t there to serve a sentence and no charges were laid against her. She has not been told when she’ll be released. According to Mother Jones […]

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Syphilis is back—Get tested Winnipeg

May, 2014

If you’re a man having sex with other men, you should be aware of the rapidly increasing syphilis outbreak that Winnipeg is experiencing right now. Syphilis is the sexually-transmitted infection (STI) you’re most likely to find in history books. For hundreds of years, syphilis affected kings, poets and everyone in between. The long-term consequences of […]

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Local News Briefs

September, 2014

Transgender Students WINNIPEG – Paul Olson, president of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society, is encouraging Manitoba to develop a policy related to transgender students in light of Vancouver’s revised policy to accommodate them, according to the Winnipeg Free Press. He is advocating for a strategy that comes from the school board, rather than having schools deal […]

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Mixed reactions to new Manitoba law

Pre-op trans people can now change their gender on ID

July, 2014

The province of Manitoba announced in April that legislation is being introduced to allow gender changes on legal documents without the prerequisite of surgery. The changes mean transgender Manitobans will be able to make the change on documents such as birth certificates and health cards without having to undergo surgery. Within the trans* community, there […]

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In/Visibility

The emergence of Canada's QUEER MEDIA

July, 2014

For GLBT* people and communities, being invisible over the past century in Canada has meant having no voice. It has meant having no media or self- representation. It meant not hearing stories about people who were like you and having limited ways to connect. “For the longest time, I couldn’t put a name to who […]

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National News Briefs

Compiled by Meg Crane

July, 2014

COMMISSIONER BALKS AT SAME-SEX MARRIAGE WINNIPEG – Kevin Kisilowsky is pursuing his complaint of being forced to perform same- sex marriages as a marriage commissioner, according to the Winnipeg Free Press. His license was revoked because of his refusal to perform same- sex marriages, though he admits no same-sex couples approached him to marry them. […]

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Transgender and Incarcerated

How do our jails treat some of the most vulnerable prisoners?

May, 2014

Transgender prisoners – particularly women – often face harsh situations in Canada’s jails. Without documentation or not having fully completed their transformations, offenders may face difficult questions when entering the prison system, not the least of which is what their gender is. By Larkin Schmiedl Those who are non-operative or pre-operative are, by standard practice, […]

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