Yesterday I was at the bank, and as I was tired, I noticed that the tellers have to stand all day. (I'm sure I've seen branches with stools, but I digress.) When I asked the teller about this, she replied that "It wasn't considered professional" for them to sit. Hmm.... As I turned around and … [Continue reading] The Manifestations of Inequity in the Workplace
First of all, "Happy Pride" if you live in Toronto! One of the most common questions I get as a pregnant woman is "do you know the gender of your baby?" This is a problematic question for a couple of reasons (at least): 1. The term is not correct: Sex and gender are not the same thing (although … [Continue reading] Gender Neutral – huh?
I’ve been thinking a lot about the two recent shootings in Toronto and the role of race in how media gets reported. Turns out I’m not the only one – earlier this week the morning DJs (Mark and Jem) on G 98.7FM brought it up and a few people called in. True, the Eaton Centre shooting affected more … [Continue reading] How we (still) use race to identify people…
This week in Ontario, Bill 13 (the Accepting Schools Act) passed. This Bill addresses bullying and includes clear reference to homophobia, biphobia and transphobia as types of bullying. Hooray! Naming is powerful in fighting oppression. One of the aspects of the Bill that has received much … [Continue reading] The Power of a Name
I think we've all been there...you're part of a group, participating in a conversation, when someone says something that makes you cringe. It could be a joke, a word or even an expression. Expressions are particularly tricky because often we have heard them for so long that we don't stop to think … [Continue reading] “Did you really just that?”
Every once in a while I'm touched by the commitment and compassion of an organization to make the world a better place and create spaces where people are and feel valued for who they are. TD has been on my list of exemplary companies around LGBTQ issues, and the launch of their new "It Gets Better" … [Continue reading] Making things better for LGBTQ youth
Tomorrow is the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia. If you're in the Toronto area, and want to get involved, here are a few things to consider: Egale Canada is hosting a FREE breakfast at the Sutton Place Hotel (8:00 - 9:30am). Come and start your day with some food and … [Continue reading] International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia – tomorrow May 17th!
I'm in Newfoundland, working with Egale Canada delivering training to Principals, Vice Principals and Guidance Counselors on creating LGBTQ Safe Spaces (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning) in the province's Junior and Senior High Schools. It's groundbreaking and history … [Continue reading] Balancing Rights
I have to weigh in on last week's goal by Joel Ward in Stanley Cup Playoff overtime, and the racism on Twitter that ensued. What I want to talk about was the last line of an article I read in the Metro News - a quote by one of the individuals who tweeted racist comments: "I'm not a racist. Just the … [Continue reading] Thoughts about racism…
What’s it like to not have human rights protection in Canada? Yes, you read correctly. You may be thinking if someone is old enough, and depending on their identities, that they may remember. Think again. If you are transgender* in Canada, you are not protected under the Canadian Human Rights Act … [Continue reading] Improving Human Rights in Canada