This past Tuesday, at the Pride Toronto AGM, members voted to uphold the demands of Black Lives Matter made last summer at the Pride parade. One of those demands was the removal of police floats from the Parade. Police spokesperson Mark Pugash expressed disappointment, and is quoted in the … [Continue reading] What Happens When Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter Toronto halted to Pride Parade on Sunday to make some demands of Pride Toronto. It’s not the first and won’t be the last of their bold activism. And, as Naila Keleta-Mae writes in her Globe and Mail article, the point is that they make people uncomfortable. Here’s my perspective … [Continue reading] Black Lives Matter = Opportunity for Growth
It’s been just over 2 weeks since the mass shooting at PULSE nightclub in Orlando, Florida where 49 people were killed. As a member of the LGBTQ communities, and as a Diversity and Inclusion speaker, facilitator, and consultant (specializing in LGBT Inclusion) it has given me pause on many fronts. … [Continue reading] Food for Thought about Orlando
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!
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?