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Canada (Quietly) Commits $200K to Gay Ugandans

7 Mar

Hm, maybe Baird is getting better at ignoring the wails of hellfire from the Conservative backbenchers.

Canada is quietly financing a concerted grassroots effort to aid gay Ugandans’ fight against their country’s proposed anti-homosexuality bill — and preparing them in case it passes, says a senior Department of Foreign Affairs source. Since November, when the Ugandan Parliament renewed its effort to pass the legislation, which Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has called “abhorrent,” Canada has spent $200,000 to kick-start several gay rights initiatives in the region. The source confirmed that the Canadian involvement was specifically focused on fighting the Ugandan bill. – National Post

As the Post article goes on to point out, this involvement is not being advertised by the government. Guess saving gays from death isn’t as palatable to the Conservative voter as grammar. It is great news that our country is committed to those facing injustice elsewhere, but a stark reminder of what our government really thinks of us gender and sexual minorities.

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Zealots Boycotting Oreo Because of a Picture

28 Jun

Get ready to blow a gasket.

Last night, Oreo posted the following the picture to their Facebook page:

What followed was a slew of homophobic and idiotic comments from assholes:

“Boo…This makes me sad that oreo’s support homosexuality.” – Toni Lipford, 1 Like.

“gays need to leave america.” – Dylan Arsenault, 3 Likes.

“This is absolutely disgusting. Your attempt to “normalize” the behaviour of homosexuals has cost you a customer.” – Desean Washington, 4 Likes.

“don’t support gays or the companies that do, and hell yea i’m a hater! being a fag is just wrong and always will be!!!! you should all be exiled to some island where you can all share aids together!! no more oreos for this family!!!!!” – Robert Hunter, 1 Like.

“Homosexual ‘love’ is not real love. ‘Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life his friends.’ — Jesus Christ. You are supporting the wrong things Oreo. Won’t be buying your cookies no mo’ in my house. ENjoy your new lack of sales!!!! :)” – Crystal Walker, 1 Like.

And that’s just a sample of them. Buzzfeed has compiled a list of them if you want to get your blood boiling even more.

Personally, I think Oreo is better off without these people. Actually, a lot of things would be better off without these people. But I’m not going to call for them to be exiled to an island where all bigots can share diseases together because that’s just wrong… and I’m not an asshole (I’m looking at you, Robert Hunter).

What really scares me though is most of these people are parents and have families. These are the “values” (and I really hate to use that word here) that they’re passing on to their children. “Homosexual love is not real love”!?!?! Where do they even come up with this shit?!

This morning, the Oreo page was flooded with more positive comments in support of the company’s stance on gay pride. Most of these commenters also denounced the ‘haters’ who will no longer be buying Oreos. Good riddance.

Thank you, Oreo, for taking a stand and for not backing down in the face of bigots and bullies.

Mayor Ford Skips Pride Flag Event

26 Jun

This is just getting redundant. I feel like we’ve posted this exact same thing at least 3 times.

“Sorry guys – My dog ate my agenda!”

In old news, yesterday Mayor Rob Ford did not grace us with his presence at the raising of the Pride Flag that marked the start of Pride Week.

On a lighter note, Happy Pride Week! What are you getting up to this week?

Bromo of the Week: Kameron Slade

20 Jun

Kameron Slade, a grade 5 student at PS 195 in Queens, NY, won a class competition with a poignant speech in favour of gay marriage. He was meant to deliver it in front of the entire student body for the school-wide competition when his principal stepped in. Kameron was told that he was not allowed to deliver his speech because it was deemed inappropriate. Furthermore, he was told by his principle that he would be removed from the contest entirely if he did not change his topic.

“Like President Obama, I believe that all people should have the right to marry whoever they want,” his speech begins. “I believe that same-sex marriage should be accepted worldwide, and that parents and teachers should start to discuss these issues without shame to their students.”

After getting some publicity from local news channels, the school’s chancellor, Dennis Walcott, stepped in and gave Kameron permission to deliver his speech at a special assembly for 5th graders.

Kameron is our Bromo of the Week for his courage and understanding of love. Here is his speech in full, delivered to NY1:

Thank you Kameron and congratulations on a well-written speech!

Toby’s Law Passes!

14 Jun

It was a historic day for Ontario.

Around noon on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, Queen’s Park unanimously voted in favor of amendments to the Ontario Human Rights code that would protect the rights of transgendered people in the province.

After four failed attempts in the last six years to make similar amendments, NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo was finally successful with the help of PC MPP Christine Elliott and Liberal MPP Yasir Naqvi. Anyone who follows our provincial politics (or any politics at all, for that matter) knows that it’s a rare occurrence that all three parties work amicably together and even more rare that an amendment of such a magnitude is passed unanimously. Clearly, this was an important issue to all MPPs, as it should be, and our response is: it’s about motherfucking time.

Cheri DiNovo and a dog. Like a bawse.

The transgender community has been struggling with inequality, having a hard time finding jobs, rental housing, and sometimes even health services. That’s right – health services. You know there’s something wrong when someone in our country is having a hard time finding health services.

Prior to the vote, the Ontario Human Rights code guarded against prejudice for “race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability.” We are proud to say that it now includes “gender identity” and “gender expression”.

Ontario is the first Canadian province to recognize gender identity in its human rights legislation. Today I can honestly say that I’m proud to be an Ontarian. Well done, government, well done.

Downtown Relief Line – A Karen Stintz powerplay?

11 Jun

The dust has barely settled after council canned Rob Ford’s new subway for light rail, and TTC Chair Karen Stintz is talking about new subways again. This time she wants a Downtown Relief Line to abet congestion on the University-Spadina line. Many think this should actually take priority over light rail to the suburbs, which is expected to bring even more passengers to the already super crowded line.

Karen Stintz looks like she is posturing for a bid at the mayorship, as Rob Ford has already sworn to make subways an election issue. If Stintz can put the transit dialogue focused on subways on DRL, Rob Ford’s campaign to re-re-re-vamp the light rail into the subways is much more likely to fall flat.

Red has always looked good on you, Toronto

I don’t know where Stintz thinks she can get the money for a new subway line that will likely take a decade to complete under the busy streets of Toronto (thanks, city council of decades gone by) but a focus on moving forward with a new subway project instead of setting back the city another five years over a grudge could give her an edge with Rob Ford’s tiring voter base. After scoring a slam dunk on Ford winning the hearts of the centre-left earlier this year, it looks like the Stintz for Mayor campaign might have a shot.

Plastic Bag Council Switcheroo

7 Jun

Rob Ford

WTF? [West Annex News/CC BY 2.0]

And lo, council shows its disdain for Mayor Ford again.

Yesterday in a decision shocking to Torontonians across the political spectrum, our city banned plastic bags. What was supposed to be a Ford victory fighting for the hard done by Big Retail of Toronto, allowing for the laissez faire use of disposable plastic bags, resulted in an complete 180: they’re banned.

Ford promised during the election that the 5 cent charge imposed on retails would be abolished, a symbol of his fight for the little guy. Instead, a councillor from his own cohort decided mid-meeting that he would suggest a full out ban.

“Just get rid of the damn bags!”

– David Shiner

I can only imagine the unrestrained joy those to the left of the aisle felt when this opportunity presented itself. Today we will see how the rest of Toronto reacts.

Cat Litter

The humanity!