An update on the story about the lesbian couple in Utah who were to have their foster child taken away because they are gay: The ruling has been rescinded. Hooray! I'm happy that public pressure and criticism caused a change of ruling. The judge crossed out "belief" that children in same-sex (same … [Continue reading] Happy Endings when we Challenge Bias
I'm working on a project for Egale about raising awareness about the need for LGBTQ safer spaces in seniors' long term care facilities. It's easy to think that because LGBTQ laws have changed, that all people who identify as LGBTQ are living an open, out and discrimination-free life. In general, … [Continue reading] LGBT Seniors in Long Term Care
Marc Benioff is the CEO of Salesforce, and he is mad about Indiana's Religious Freedoms Law that recently passed - which would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ people. What happened, however, was that he is DOING something about it that speaks not just about his protest, but about … [Continue reading] What we can learn from Marc Benioff
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, just publicly announced that he is gay. While he hasn’t been closeted, per se, he felt it important to publicly acknowledge his sexual orientation. For those of you who wonder why this is a big deal, consider that he is the ONLY CEO in a Fortune 500 company to be out. … [Continue reading] Why Tim Cook’s Coming Out is a Big Deal
Ah stereotypes... Have you noticed that the negative ones are usually more about certain people than others? And that those “certain” people are usually not in the dominant group? Think about it. Who are the bad drivers, the late-comers, the lazy ones...the list goes on. Of course there are positive … [Continue reading] Blind Spot – Part 3: Stereotypes
If you live in the Toronto area, Happy Pride Week! The rainbow flag is everywhere - a great opening to talk about LGBTQ issues. Even sweeter this week is the US Supreme Court's ruling on same sex marriage - making it legal in 13 US states and DC. There are 30+ states in which it is still illegal, … [Continue reading] Happy Pride Week!
Of course this week I have to write about Jason Collins. If you missed it, he is the first gay athlete to come out while playing. He is in the NBA and is now a free agent. His article in Sports Illustrated made me smile. It’s nice to hear someone talk about wanting to be authentic, how sharing more … [Continue reading] Coming out in Sports
You have undoubtedly, by now, read or heard about MP Rob Anders petition against bill C279 and why he is opposed. *sigh* Let's all take a moment to review: - Transgender individuals currently don't have human rights in Canada. This is a disgrace. - Bill C279 is about rectifying this so that Trans … [Continue reading] The Dangers of Ignorance in Positions of Power
You may have heard/read about/seen the kafuffel about the transfather who breastfeeds his child and who wanted to be a La Leche League Canada Leader - and who was told "no". La Leche League Canada (LLLC) is an organization that advocates breastfeeding. The "no" was because Trevor McDonald does … [Continue reading] The Cost of Exclusion
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?